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Gender Equality and Domestic Violence (03:01)


Despite its progressive reputation, Sweden has one of Europe's highest rates of family violence. Reporter Sally Sara and family violence activist Rosie Batty will investigate whether changing the law will affect these statistics.

Swedish Social Paradox (02:35)

Batty's son was killed by his father in 2014. Residents of Gammalstad in Northern Sweden are isolated in the winter. Some outsiders wonder if long winters and alcohol abuse are responsible for domestic violence.

Reforming Masculinity (01:54)

Professor Dale Bagshaw says that despite public gender equality, many women lack power at home. As women gain seats in parliament and men take paternity leave, some believe Swedish men are becoming too soft— a source of comedy.

Gender Equality Myth (02:47)

The Swedish national identity ignores domestic violence. Batty prepares to meet 26 year old Emanual, who was abused by his mother as a child.

Talking to a Domestic Violence Perpetrator (03:42)

Emanuel was arrested for assaulting his former partner, and is undergoing counseling. Batty explains that her husband killed their son to hurt her; Emanuel worries he could similarly lose control one day. Batty's own explosive temper helps her to empathize.

Protecting Abuse Victims (03:50)

Sweden may have higher domestic violence reporting rates than other European countries, but some feel failed by the social system. Sofia lives under a false identity after her husband threw her off their balcony; her case was mishandled in court.

Feminist Initiative (03:13)

Sweden claims to have a gender equal government. Gudrun Schyman left mainstream politics to found a feminist party to address ongoing gender inequality issues. She encourages Batty to enter politics.

Power and Control (02:44)

Schyman enjoys the political spotlight, but has battled alcoholism. She discusses surviving domestic violence and its long lasting psychological effects. Fear and stigma keep Swedish people from addressing the issue.

Swedish Lessons (04:13)

While the country leads in gender equality, it lags in domestic violence prevention and solutions. Batty rides in a hovercraft on a frozen lake and reflects on healing from her personal loss.

Credits: Sweden: Rosie's Journey (00:30)

Credits: Sweden: Rosie's Journey

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Does gender equality free women from family violence? Campaigner Rosie Batty and reporter Sally Sara journey to Scandinavia to find out. Despite women occupying 40% of parliament seats and men taking paternity leave, Sweden has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Europe—possibly due to higher reporting rates. With a national identity based on a false sense of female empowerment, family violence victims face social stigma when speaking out. In this documentary, Batty speaks with Feminist Initiative co-founder Gudrun Schyman, with a domestic violence perpetrator who suffered abuse as a child, and with a domestic violence victim under police protection. She also shares her own experiences as a family violence survivor. 

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: EDP115468

ISBN: 978-1-68272-887-1

Copyright date: ©2016

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