Voyage Chicago interviews writer and producer, Mia McCullough of
"For the moment, Haven Productions exists exclusively to produce our web series, The Haven. Elizabeth Laidlaw and I created this partnership so that we could make quality online content that is written in Chicago, produced in Chicago, shot in Chicago, and employs Chicago artists. We are extremely proud of the diversity of our cast and crew. We are proud that we paid everyone, something that doesn’t always happen in online content. And we are very proud that we’re putting realistic depictions of domestic violence survivors into the world.
Most depictions of domestic violence fall into the “gender violence porn” category where it’s always a woman being abused, she’s usually sexualized while she’s being abused, and if she escapes it’s because her abuser has been murdered. This is not how domestic violence plays out in real life, and the media does people a disservice by the misrepresentation.
By showing nuanced, realistic portrayals of abuse and escape, we allow people in these situations (not always women being abused by men) to see a way out. We had a panel discussion with four domestic violence survivors after a screening of two of our episodes. One panelist described how she was inspired to leave her abuser after seeing a character do it on Scandal. Modeling is important, and there’s not enough of it out there."
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