Every day, 5 million children in the U.S. experience domestic violence, either as witnesses or victims. Due to a horrific system that favors abusive fathers, a shocking number of mothers who seek to protect their children (and themselves) end up losing them. Most Americans are unaware that an abusive father, who contests custody from a protective mother, will win 70 percent of the time.   This bold and provocative film is a long overdue exploration into why the most powerful country in the world is not protecting its most vulnerable mothers and children and thus enabling generations of abusers to continue their abuse.


Along with intimate personal stories, family revelations with hard hitting facts and frank discussions on the child custody issue with feminists, lawyers, judges and domestic violence experts we follow the indomitable 86-year-old Charlotta Harrison, a survivors’ advocate who herself survived a 60-year abusive marriage.  She speaks hauntingly about the pressures and fears that make it so difficult for women in danger to leave. With Charlotta, we meet women and children who have been separated, silenced, and pushed to extreme methods of escape—and who are fighting back.  

This sensitive film by British film maker Rachel Meyrick tells the story of the women and children who are fighting back against a court system biased toward male privilege and wealth. WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME exposes a national travesty compared by some to the Catholic Church scandal. A timely film for America; where radical misogyny is being exposed even in the highest offices and institutions in the country.

This film is represented by WOMEN MAKE MOVIES.



You can now watch the film ON DEMAND

Outside USA/Canada here:

USA/Canada it is only available on EDUCATIONAL LICENCE here:

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Screening by City of West Hollywood & Women's Advisory Board:

Mon Oct 28th at Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, CA, 90046


"What doesn't kill me" was screened at the Awareness Film Festival

on 7th Oct in Los Angeles, winning the SPECIAL JURY ACTIVIST award.

This film is represented and distributed by:

Train in Claremore, Oklahoma
Brownstone in New York, New York.
Evan Stark
Charlotta, Brian & Fred Harrison
Holly Collins
Misty and baby Kennedy
Hope and Elizabeth Loudon
Joan Meier
MOLC protest DC
Tammy, protective mother, Virginia

Host your own screening

"What doesn't kill me" is available for licensed screenings in the US from the distributors Women Make Movies using the form below. For UK screenings use the same form and you can licence directly from the film maker.


Screenings are a fantastic way to instigate discussions around domestic abuse law and survivors.  In todays #MeToo landscape this film is an important document for use as proof of your own experience or a way to shine light on a travesty which affects thousands and needs to be exposed now.  

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Brownstone in New York, New York.