Sin by Silence

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Sin by Silence
Sin by Silence film poster.jpg
Directed by Olivia Klaus
Produced by Olivia Klaus
Starring Brenda Clubine, Glenda Crosley, Joanne Marchetti, LaVelma Byrd, Glenda Virgil, Rosemary Dyer
Music by Desha Dunnahoe
Cinematography Clark Severson
Edited by Ann-Caryn Cleveland
Distributed by Women Make Movies
Release date
Running time
49 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sin by Silence is a domestic violence documentary film by Olivia Klaus that offers a unique gateway into the lives of women who are the tragedies living worst-case scenarios and survivors - women who have killed their abusive husbands. Based on the first inmate-initiated and led support group in the entire United States prison system, the film reveals the history and stories of the members of the group Convicted Women Against Abuse created by inmate Brenda Clubine in 1989. By following five women's abusive experiences that led to their incarceration, the film take viewers on their journeys from victim to survivors, reveals the history of the Battered Women Syndrome in the state of California, and shatters misconceptions. This documentary is a production of Quiet Little Place Productions.

The award-winning film premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival 2009, and went on to screen nationally as part of the grassroots tour, entitled Stop the Violence, that took the film to over 40 communities in 10 states through the United States. The film sparks awareness about the silent tragedy of domestic violence, while inspiring individuals to connect with advocacy organizations and take everyday actions that improve the quality of their own lives and communities.

In 2011, the film had its television premiere on Investigation Discovery to over 2.2 million viewers.

In 2012, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma introduced AB 1593 and AB 593, The Sin by Silence Bills, inspired by the documentary.[1] AB 593 seeks to clarify Penal Code 1473.5 to include the domestic violence victims that were unintentionally denied their original writ of habeas corpus due to limited expert testimony evidence. AB 1593 seeks to provide victims of domestic violence who have suffered Intimate Partner Battering (IPB) a chance to present their evidence in an effective way during the parole process. Both bills were signed into law by Governor Brown on September 30, 2012 to ensure the path to freedom for over 7,000 domestic violence survivors currently serving time in California prisons.


Awards received by Sin by Silence

  • 2012 Cable Fax for Best Show or Series
  • 2012 Celebrating Solutions Award for innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of domestic violence
  • American Library Association's list of Notable Videos for Adults 2011
  • Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2009, Audience Award for Best Documentary


Press Coverage of Sin by Silence

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