HUS3350 ASSIGNMENT 2 Film Study on a Social Issues Documentary

This assignment asks you to view the documentary, Private Violence, and then analyze it using concepts from assigned course content. 

  • The assignment should use APA style, be in essay format, and be at least 1500 words.  
  •  The essay should have a title page with a descriptive title (not the name of the assignment) and should include a developed introduction, a synopsis or summary of the film, identification and definitions for four concepts from the text or assigned materials and application of those concepts to the film, followed by a conclusion and references page. See below. 
  • The four concepts are assigned below.  Please be sure to provide documentation for the information taken from the text that includes the chapter number and page number, even if the information is paraphrased.  Use headings to guide the reader through the paper.

Additional requirements:

  • The synopsis (or summary) of the film should be no less than 250 words. A strong synopsis includes the name of the documentary, the name of the director, the release date, and the events depicted in the film so that someone who had not seen it would understand it.  The synopsis should not offer evaluation, but should only describe what the documentary shows or portrays by giving details from the beginning, the middle and the end of the film.  Here is an example from a different documentary:  
  • The four required concepts are: 1. Power (include dependency; see also the Power and Control Wheels); 2. Types of Partner Abuse (include physical, sexual, and emotional; 3. Criminal violations (include felony and misdemeanor); and 4. Prosecution of Partner Assault (include the criminal justice process and the use of family violence victim advocates). 
  • Be sure to precisely explain each of the concepts by paraphrasing or direct quoting the definitions and discussions from the textbook or other assigned material. 
  • Be sure to show how that concept explains or helps us understand the film by providing examples and details that connect the concept and the film. Please use a timestamp in your citation. See:
  • Conclusion. Review the purpose of the paper, discuss what was presented and its importance to understanding intimate partner violence. 

Use ONLY objective, neutral language. Do not use any evaluative or loaded language like “crazy,” “horrible, “awful,” “sick,” etc. There are substantial deductions for doing so. Do NOT discuss personal experiences with intimate partner or family violence.  Most HUS professionals will interact with persons who have been abused either as children or adults.  It is extremely important that you master the ability to remain calm and use neutral language when describing these events, as to otherwise risks further traumatizing your client and creating secondary trauma or burnout for yourself.


Before you watch the film 

To watch the film

Use this link, Private Violence, to access the film. If you prefer, a transcript is attached above (Transcript_PrivateViolence.pdf).


Module 3 continues the discussion of child abuse. In this module, we explore sibling abuse, child exploitation, and finally, professional response to child abuse. Let’s begin with a discussion of sibling abuse. Experts believe that this form of abuse is the most common form of family violence in the United States; however, there are no accurate data on the extent of sibling abuse. Your text (Chapter 8) defines sibling abuse as any form of physical, mental, or sexual abuse inflicted by one child in a family unit on another. This definition does not require that the siblings be related by birth, because many live in reconstituted families due to divorce, separation and remarriage. Like other forms of violence, sibling abuse can be divided into physical, emotional, and sexual categories. Sibling abuse is more likely among children in families in which both child abuse and intimate partner abuse are present; however, sibling assaults are more frequent in families with child abuse than in those with intimate partner abuse. While boys are more likely than girls to engage in sibling abuse, both sexes participate in this form of family violence. Sibling abuse is an understudied area, and more research is needed to understand this type of abuse.

Next, Module 3 examines child exploitation. As discussed in Chapter 9, child exploitation is a severe form of violence against children, and may include sex tourism, prostitution, child pornography, and forced labor, recruitment into armed conflict, and human smuggling or trafficking. Trafficking can take place within or between countries. The internet often plays a key role in child exploitation, especially child pornography. In many instances, families play a direct or indirect role in allowing or promoting the exploitation of their own children. The United States government and those of other countries, as well as numerous NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are actively involved in efforts to eradicate child exploitation. For example, the U.S. Department of Justice maintains the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) website and, in Thailand, ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), is an international NGO which seeks to eliminate sexual exploitation of children.

Module 3 concludes by discussing the professional’s response to child abuse. Chapter 11 notes that all states have mandated reporters—persons who are required by law to report suspected child abuse under specific circumstances. This reporting is a major form of intervention in the U.S. In addition, the U.S. government mandates data collection on child abuse by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). The Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, collects and analyzes the data. The data are submitted voluntarily by the states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. NCANDS data are used for the Child Maltreatment Report, which is available on the Children’s Bureau web site or by contacting the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Sex offender notification laws are another form of intervention. By 2000, all states had adopted laws requiring notification to individuals and organizations. Many communities believe that sex offender notification laws afford them the opportunity to protect themselves from sex offenders. If child abuse is suspected, appropriate interviewing is critical. Skilled interviewers know how to avoid charges that they primed or suggested “correct” answers to the child. In some cases, the courts can remove children from their families, so the interview and rules of evidence are extremely important.

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