Daughter Directed by Brian Gilbert.

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She meets up with the group who will help her, and calls Moody to tell him not to call the police over her disappearance. She finally has leverage because he works in an illegal clinic, and she tells him she will report him if he calls the police. That is what abuse victims need, some kind of leverage against their abuser, and she finally has enough to get away. She and her daughter travel with smugglers into Turkey, and she makes it to a U.S. Embassy there, and eventually makes her way back to the United States, where she divorces her husband and writes the book that will be the basis for this movie.

The violence and abuse in this film is shocking, but it illustrates the situtaion that many women and children face every day in their lives. (And some men face abuse, too.) It also shows that there are many different types of abuse, and that it can be conducted with the "approval" of others who do nothing to stop it. Betty is not severely injured by the violence, but that does not mean that she will not have scars. Emotional abuse is just as devastating, and being under the ultimate control of another human being is extremely devastating, too. Betty fought back in her own way, and ultimately won, but many women who fight back lose their lives, and Betty lived in fear of her own life during the abuse. The abuse affects the children too, especially when they are used as pawns in the abusive relationship, as Moody did with his daughter.

One of the other lessons of this film is that usually the abuser is an emotionally weak or flawed man, and Moody seems to fit that mold, because he had trouble maintaining professional relationships in America, and blamed his firings on "racist" reasons, when perhaps it was his abusive and controlling personality that was to blame. To make up for that, he has to control other aspects of his life, and that includes his wife and child. Moody shows this other side to Betty in Iran, a side he kept hidden in America, and she realizes she really does not know the man she married. Moody in America would never have treated his wife and child that way, and the American Moody was a very different man. This is often true of abusers, who do not seem to be violent in nature, but keep their real feelings hidden until they explode.

Women and children in abusive relationships have to be wary of all the different types of abuse portrayed in this film, from violence toward women and children, to emotional abuse, and complete control of the family. Luckily, in most countries, there are agencies where victims can turn for help and support, and most people do not have to face their abuse alone and unsupported, like Betty did. Domestic violence is a big problem around the world, and this film shows that domestic violence can ruin a relationship, tear apart a family, and lead to devastating results. Moody lost his wife and child, and was not allowed to return to America because of his behavior. The same is true for many other abusers who do not get help for their problem, and physical and mental abuse is decidedly a problem for the abuser. Perhaps if Moody had been in a situation where he had gotten help, instead of continuing his control, things might have been different for the family, but continued abuse such as Betty had to face, is never going to end on a happy note.

In conclusion, this film is a good look into the problem of domestic violence because it shows the many different types of abuse that can occur in a relationship, and that control and domination is a form of abuse, as well. Domestic violence is never acceptable, no matter where it takes place, and this film makes that…