The Sylva Herald

​Western Carolina University’s Arts and Cultural Events Series will host a free screening of the domestic violence documentary “Private Violence” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the theater of the University Center.

Following the screening, a reception with domestic violence advocate Kit Gruelle will give audience members an opportunity to discuss the topic and ask questions about the movie.


Private Violence: Survivors & Advocates Confront Victim Blaming & the Epidemic of Domestic Abuse

February, 2014

The Pixel Project: Inspirational Interview: Kit Gruelle

​Kit Gruelle is a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years. As a renowned community educator, she has trained and empowered scores of advocates, criminal justice professionals, health care providers, clergy, legislators, educators and other allied professionals to prevent family and domestic abuse. She served as a commissioner for the NC Crime Victims Compensation Commission for 12 years and has been an instructor for California POST (Peace Officers Standards and Training) for seventeen years.

She is the subject of Private Violence, an intimate and compelling documentary on domestic violence which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and on HBO on October 20,2014. Private Violence is described as shedding “light on the cycles of abuse and the shortcomings of law enforcement and the justice system with extraordinary courage.” Executive Producer Gloria Steinem partnered on Private Violence because she felt it “exemplified domestic abuse better than any film [she] had ever seen.”  An interview with Gruelle and director Cynthia Hill can be seen at

In Part 1 of her interview with The Pixel Project below, Kit talks about how she escaped an abusive relationship and came to tell her story in a documentary film. 


Kit Gruelle