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A Safe Distance ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527606
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Gerry Rogers, Tina Horne, Kathleen Shannon
Directors:  Tina Horne
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Studies, Violence, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1986
Running Time:  27m 40s


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A Safe Distance is part of the series The Next Step, which examines the services needed by and available to battered women. The film looks at some innovative approaches to providing services and accommodation for battered women in rural, northern, and Native communities. Filmed in Thompson and Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and West Bay Reserve, Ontario, the film introduces the women who operate and use various types of accommodation such as transition houses, transition apartments, and safe houses. The shelter on West Bay Reserve is singled out as a project that was built by women for women to stand as a reminder that the Reserve will not tolerate violence against women. The film emphasizes the urgent need for trained staff, adequate funding, and ongoing programs.

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