Domestic violence is still one of those behind-closed-doors, dirty little secrets in an epidemic number of homes, rich and poor. Not only fear, economic dependence and social pressures perpetuate it; cultural barriers are also a factor.
Tonight's new, multilingual public-service docudrama, "About Love," debuting on KSCI-TV (Channel 18) at 11 p.m., was created to educate and aid spousal abuse victims in Asian-Pacific communities. It will air in English tonight; subtitled presentations will air in Korean on Monday at 9 p.m., in Vietnamese on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., in Mandarin on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and in Japanese next Saturday at 11 p.m.
Before and after each showing, victims will be urged to get help; they'll be given an 800 number to call where they can talk to in-studio counselors in their native languages about referrals to community help agencies.
Based on actual spousal abuse cases--as a Los Angeles deputy district attorney, writer-producer Patricia Kinaga gained her knowledge firsthand--the film centers on Jeanette (Emily Kuroda), who seeks refuge in a multicultural women's shelter when her husband's violence puts her in the hospital.