a documentary that gets inside the minds of perpetrators of domestic violence

DOCUMENTARY – When an author of domestic violence is convicted – which is extremely rare – what exactly does he understand of the charges against him? What drives him to commit such acts? Is he able to change? These questions are at the heart of the documentary Fight their violencedirected by Florie Martin, and broadcast this Wednesday, November 16 at 10:45 p.m. on France 2.

While the victims constantly ask to speak in order to break the silence, this report focuses on these men who commit these violence. A perilous bet, but a successful bet. Because to understand the mechanism of domestic violence, it is necessary to study their starting point. ” And this starting point is the authors “, precise Melissa Theuriauproducer of the documentary, at HuffPost.

Without ever justifying their acts or toning down the difficulties, this film lifts the veil on a subject that is still taboo: the treatment of perpetrators, an essential lever for action in the fight against violence against women and to children. To reveal this, the film crews went to Cergy, in the Val-d’Oise, in a support group created 15 years ago, intended for these violent men.

The hope of a click

There, for three months, ten men meet once a week in the prison service for integration and probation. All were convicted for violence exerted on their companion, all minimize the facts or deny them altogether during the first session. Their words will embarrass you, make you angry. This documentary is uncomfortable and takes us inside the heads of those who try to explain the inexplicable.

Make them take responsibility for their actions, understand the mechanisms, this is the meaning of the reflection they will carry out with the team formed by three integration advisers, a director in charge of theater workshops and a psychologist .

The director Florie Martin immersed herself in this group during the entire course, capturing the awareness of some, the collective and individual evolutions, but also the resistances. At the end of the course, all the men are invited to return, showing signs of a possible recurrence. ” The majority of feminicides take place after a complaint or conviction, so the beginning of the danger is thereexplains Mélissa Theuriau in the video above. This is what motivated our work. »

The director and the producer hope that this work will be a trigger “ at the level of justice and the means deployed in the territory [français] “. In Belgiumthese internships last twice as long and the recidivism rate has dropped from 38% to 18% since their introduction in 1992. “ In France, we can do better and this documentary is also a political fight concludes Mélissa Theuriau.

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