News: Journalist Sarah Ferguson’s documentary ‘Hitting Home’ to premiere on Tuesday

Ruchi Singh, International Business Times, 25 November, 2015


The wait for the first part of ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson’s much-anticipated documentary on domestic violence in Australia is over. The first episode of the documentary titled “Hitting Home” aired on Tuesday on ABC at 8:30 pm.

Ferguson has formulated a hard-hitting two-part documentary which focuses on domestic violence in Australia. The ABC journalist has worked hard on this documentary and has spent six months on the research work. In order to come up with a well-backed documentary, Ferguson contacted forensic doctors and specialised police officers, The Australian reported. She even went to the extent of moving into a domestic violence refuge to learn more about the victims of domestic violence.

This documentary also has a special account of a woman named Wendy, who jumped out of a moving car to save herself from ex-partner. As a result of this, Wendy suffered a skull fracture. Wendy has narrated her tragic experience in the documentary and has revealed that she no longer looks or feels like the same person after the incident.

The documentary throws light on the dire consequences of domestic violence, which is quite prevalent in Australian society these days. Ferguson’s documentary presents an account of dominating partners, domestic violence touted by them, and the restrictions they impose on their women and children. Another key highlight of the documentary is that Ferguson met and questioned the culprits of domestic violence in prison.

Not quite long ago, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull too expressed his concern over the increasing number of cases of domestic violence. “The issue of family violence, or domestic violence as it’s often called – which is just violence against women which is the way I would prefer to describe it – is an enormous one. It has been overlooked, to some extent ignored, for far too long. We have to have, we must have zero tolerance for it. I think the growing level of awareness is vital. Real men don't hit women,” Turnbull said in an interview with Today's Lisa Wilkinson in September.


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