Domestic violence (DV) is one of the most chronically underreported crimes in the U.S. It is shrouded in silence, wrapped in shame and reinforced by stigma. Often it is only brought to our attention when DV victims are either dead or severely injured. This thesis project report considers the causes and effects of DV by situating it in historical, cultural and social contexts. Behind Closed Doors, a fifteen-minute documentary, further explores the emotional world of both DV survivors and batterers, and examines the cause of family violence from a neurological perspective. The film highlights some available social services and urges the audience to consider their responsibility as a parent, a friend or a member of the community to prevent and stop DV. Through interviews, reenactments, metaphorical imagery and an intimate narration track, the film marshals both reason and emotion to achieve its aim of raising awareness of DV. The film is intended to catalyze a conversation among batterers, survivors, professionals and the audience. As more people join the conversation, potential victims and batterers may be willing to come forward and seek professional help before the violence escalates and destroys lives. The ultimate goal is to protect young people from abusive relationships. Improved institutional and parental DV education will help young people identify the signs of abuse, and to distinguish between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship. A DVD of the film is available for viewing at the Media Center of Love Library.