“Director-Producer Ritu Chopra’s documentary, “Lead my Way: a Global Perspective of Domestic Violence,” deepens my understanding of myself and this issue every time I watch it. Each time it showed new ways that domestic violence affects all of us, whether we realize it or not. The passion of the filmmaker and the compassion of the experts and survivors interviewed in the film allowed me see how domestic violence touches me directly, and across generations. “Lead My Way” gives me hope that together, we can break these chains and replace them with bonds of love, not only in my family, but in human society the world over.
Wendy Hullinger is an advocate for domestic violence awareness. She knows first-hand the difficulties of safely-escaping and ending an abusive relationship, after dramatically ending her own 15 year violent marriage. Her message includes the fact that domestic violence is found everywhere and at all social and economic levels. Silence, secrecy, and social stigmas feed and strengthen the violence. Everyone has a responsibility to speak out if they are aware of or witness any domestic violence within their families or communities. She is grateful for those who did that for her and her children, when she couldn’t do it for herself.