Sin by Silence

The award-winning documentary about domestic violence as a story of empowerment when all odds are stacked against you.

From behind prison walls, SIN BY SILENCE reveals the lives of extraordinary women who advocate for a future free from domestic violence.

Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate-initiated and -led group in U.S. prison history shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence.

Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA) was created in 1989 to help women inside prison break the silence about abuse and learn more about what they needed to do to help others stop the cycle of violence. Instead of fighting a system that does not fully comprehend the complexities of abuse, the women of CWAA led an initiative to help educate the system. Through careful orchestration of letter writing campaigns, media coverage, and senate hearings a movement was born and laws for battered women were changed.

Click below to watch the trailer of SIN BY SILENCE, directed by Vanguard alum Olivia Klaus, which documents the journey of these amazing women.


Study the Issues. California Assembly Bill 593 provides an opportunity for women convicted of domestic violence-related crimes to be retried using evidence of abuse as contextual substantiation.  Assembly Bill 1593 creates more accountability for the California Parole Board, which makes yearly reviews of convictions.  Together, the bills have been aptly named the “Sin by Silence” bills. To learn more about the bills and their sponsor, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, go to the Sin by Silence Bill website.

Be a Voice. Take Action by supporting the Sin by Silence Bills, AB 593 and AB 1593, and help Make a Difference in the future of women in California and around the globe– a future free from domestic violence!