Assistant Clinical Professors Patricia Harrison and Brendan Roediger are both featured in a new documentary, "The Perfect Victim," that will be screened as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. The documentary is centered on the Missouri Clemency Coalition's work representing women who received life without parole sentences for killing their abusive husbands. The film chronicles the women's fight to be released and their troubled journey through the courts and before the Parole Board.
The cases featured in the film were also the subject of a spring 2012 symposium "Battered Women Who Kill" hosted by the law school. Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, the documentary's director, was a panelist who discussed how the Coalition's work moved her to cover the stories as way to advocate for the women.
"The secrecy of the parole process along with the limited ability for attorneys to effectively advocate for clients in the parole process has been one of the most frustrating experiences I have had as an attorney," said Harrison. "This film will bring light to this dark problem as well as the very dark and real destruction that domestic violence has on families, children and individuals."
The film premieres on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Washington University's Brown Hall. It is free to attend.