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The Dangerous Dance of Domestic Violence
18 July 2016
The Dangerous Dance that harms 1 in 4 women
For most women their wedding dance is a very public and symbolic culmination of a long held desire. The desire for a committed relationship, love, family and fulfilment.
But love can be blind. Particularly in the early, romance stage when human brains are flooded with a cocktail of dopamine, adrenaline and serotonin.
When the honeymoon is over, however, the stark reality is that 1 in 4 Australian women’s dreams will crumble in the face of the harsh reality of domestic abuse and family violence.
The Dangerous Dance is a new documentary feature film that takes an in depth look at how this can happen.
The Dangerous Dance aims to engage both women and men in the difficult conversation about the causes of domestic violence, our confusion around sex, love and romance, as well as the outdated ideas many men cling to around what a real man is and the place of violence in settling conflict. It’s not going to be comfortable viewing but there’s no underestimating the importance and inherent fascination with this subject matter.
The time has passed when we can sit back and think that if it’s not directly affecting us then it’s not our problem. Abusive behaviour affects us all in big ways and small, spreading from generation to generation, damaging both family relationships, professional relationships in the workplace and Australian culture as a whole.
Nobody wants to mention money when talking about serious issues like domestic violence, it seems crass, but sometimes that’s the only common language. The financial toll on the Australian economy was estimated to be $21.7 billion in 2015; that’s jobs, hospitals, schools and tax dollars stolen from our economy along with the dignity of both the attacker and victim, and far too often lives as well.
This documentary goes back to our roots in the primeval jungle to trace the history of sex, love and marriage. It examines conflicting and divisive points of view on a number of issues, including nature vs culture; real man vs good man; traditional vs progressive and how these are reflected in contemporary abusive behaviour within families.
It explores these themes and more to pose the essential question that confronts us all: “What are we going to do to leave a world safer for our sons and particularly our daughters?”
The Dangerous Dance documentary will demonstrate how we can get beyond the often bitter cultural divisions that underlie and block progress towards resolving this complex issue.
“The factors that contribute to the alarming rate of domestic violence in Australia are numerous and complex. Yet, surely, gender inequality and a prevailing masculine culture lie at the core of this matter” — Australian of the Year 2016 winner General David Morrison.
This film will show how the strengths of traditional masculinity can be combined with a softer, more vulnerable concern for wives, daughters, female friends, co-workers and self to produce a better and more sustainable culture that consigns domestic abuse and violence to history and how, in doing so, it benefits both women and men.
You can start supporting this movement now. The Dangerous Dance is offering the opportunity to take part in an initiative that will support further examination, awareness and cultural change around this complex and challenging issue.
Dangerous Dance welcomes any direct donations to the production budget which are fully tax deductible and also offers a variety of sponsorship options for individuals and corporate organisations so that production of this documentary can continue. Leading organisations who are proactive in their response to this challenge are earning the respect and loyalty of their personnel. The Dangerous Dance is offering you the opportunity to take part in an evening, on 10th August, that will support further examination, awareness and cultural change around this complex issue.
The Gala Dinner Panel
Professor Catharine Lumby - since 2004 Catharine has worked in a pro-bono role advising the National Rugby League on cultural change and education programs for players. “I care deeply about gender equality and protecting women and children from violence. As a former journalist and observer of our media landscape I am also intrigued by the opportunities that social media gives us to have an open conversation about who we are and what’s important.”
Martin Fisk - Martin is the Chief Executive of Menslink which works with young men who don’t want to replicate the behaviours of their own family. An active campaigner for young men, Martin speaks to schools, businesses and community groups about issues facing young men, their families and communities, including violence, mental health, drugs and alcohol and suicide – still the leading cause of death in men under 40.
Lisa McAdams - a Domestic Violence Strategist and Solutions Consultant. Lisa is a survivor of DV and has spent the last decade researching and understanding the complexities of this issue. Lisa’s time in corporate taught her to have a pragmatic solution-based approach to this complicated issue and now uses this knowledge of both DV and the corporate environment to bring insight on this emotional subject in a level-headed, no-nonsense way that speaks the language of business.
Anita Bentata - an expert and psychotherapist on abuse, stress, turning your life around, why women get caught, what is needed to get out, and how to talk to your friend / family member if they are in an abusive relationship. Anita uses the power of fairy tales - stories - to assist people to recognise their own situation in a safe way (and she has experienced DV herself)
Sponsorship details at: http://thedangerousdance.com/pdf/Sponsorship_Invitation.pdf
For further information contact Claire Stretch on 0416 276 238 or visit www.thedangerousdance.com
Tickets from: http://thedangerousdance.eventbrite.com.au
Donations (fully tax deductible) at: https://www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/film/donate/4005/the-dangerous-dance