The Conspiracy of Silence

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This article is about a PBS documentary. For other related topics, see Outline of domestic violence.
The Conspiracy of Silence
Directed by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Produced by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Written by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Narrated by Kathleen Turner
Cinematography Neal Marshad
Edited by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Conspiracy of Silence is a documentary TV film that was broadcast three times on PBS in the United States in 1995 and 1996. The title is formed from the assumption that there is a conspiracy of silence that surrounds domestic violence. The abuser has an unspoken pact with the victim to stay silent about the crimes committed and in return the victim believes this lack of action will result in the avoidance of further violence.

Directed and written by Neal Marshad and Donna Olson, this documentary won the Silver Award at WorldFest Houston in 1996 Film & Video Production: Women's Issues, and an Honorable Mention in 1996 Columbus International Film & Video Festival: Health & Medicine.

The film focuses on the efforts of one organization located in East Hampton, New York called the Retreat. Its goal is to help battered women and their children with safe shelter and counseling. With on-camera scenes featuring actress Kathleen Turner and Denise Brown (the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson), The Conspiracy of Silence cuts through social class, economic privilege and racial lines to demonstrate that domestic violence is not limited to a certain group and that there is no standard profile for the abuser or the abused. The film is narrated by Kathleen Turner and features Southampton, New York judge Deborah Kooperstein. This film outlines the problem of domestic violence clearly and concisely and provides the model for meaningful and workable solutions.

ISBN 978-1-55981-511-6

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