Anywhere, To Anyone
Video Review by Chris Wixtrom © 2000
Anywhere, To Anyone: Domestic Violence in the Deaf Community
Written by Liz Stone, Education Coordinator
VHS, ASL, no voice-over
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services
2627 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98102-3213
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 800.787.3224 (tty); 800.799.7233 (voice)
People sometimes hurt other people and try to control them. This is an ugly reality. Perhaps it is ugliest when abusive behavior occurs at home, or within close relationships. When a husband, father, other relative, or a boyfriend attacks someone emotionally, physically or sexually, the victim may feel alone and helpless. This video set - "Anywhere, To Anyone," produced by Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services - is designed to lead Deaf victims of domestic violence to help and understanding.
Domestic violence is no small problem. In fact, the booklet states, "Domestic violence is the biggest reason for injuries to women. It injures more women than car accidents, muggings, and rapes, combined." The title of this video and book set points out that domestic violence can happen "Anywhere, To Anyone." The program shows that victims may be Deaf or hearing, rich or poor, married or unmarried, highly educated or not. Also demonstrated is that not all abusers drink or show violence outside the relationship.
The video program is presented fully in American Sign Language. All of the actors and the narrator use sign to communicate. The acting is realistic and the signing is clear. The video opens with a seemingly peaceful gathering of Deaf and hearing friends. Each scene following this shows what is under the surface of these painted smiles ... the pain of domestic violence. Warning: The powerful images and impact of this video will get hold of your heart and not let go.