Sarah Ferguson on the frontline of our domestic violence crisis
Hitting Home airs 24 & 25 November at 8.30pm on ABC, a special edition of Q&A will follow episode 2
Thursday, October 29, 2015 — ABC TV is proud to announce Hitting Home – Sarah Ferguson’s unflinching two-part documentary series – will air Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 November at 8.30pm on ABC.
In a year dominated by headline stories of domestic violence and the murder of nearly 70 women, award-winning journalist Sarah Ferguson has spent six months on the frontline of our national crisis.
With unprecedented access to courts and safe rooms, domestic abuse programs in prison, forensic doctors and specialised police units, Sarah also moves into a women’s refuge in search of answers. How does domestic violence begin? How does it escalate from control to physical violence and even death?
“All year we have been hearing stories of violent attacks on women, alone at home, in front of their children, in cars, in remote locations or in full view in public, but I didn’t have a good understanding of what domestic violence actually is,” Sarah says. “I wanted to find out how it works, why men – and it is largely men – do it, and why their partners find it so hard to leave. These are gripping, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of women and children caught up in extraordinary situations. Their courage in speaking out took my breath away.”
“Hitting Home is a program for all of us – men and women, young and old,” says Director of Television Richard Finlayson. “The Prime Minister rightly labels this crisis a national disgrace. I hope Sarah’s unprecedented access to victims and their stories will not only enlighten viewers but reveal areas of hope for the future.”
Culminating on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, episode 2 will be immediately followed by a special edition of Q&A hosted by Virginia Trioli.
Hitting Home is an In Films production. Written and presented by Sarah Ferguson. Director Ivan O’Mahoney. Series Producer Nial Fulton. Executive Producers Ivan O’Mahoney and Nial Fulton. ABC Commissioning Editor Anita Brown.
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