An Unspoken Secret. Silent for Millions. One Reveals the Truth.

“A powerful and stunning documentary that shows just how much children are affected by domestic violence.”

- Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D.,Associate Professor
Department of Psychology & Women’s Studies, Uiversity of Michigan

THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR is a unique, Award-Winning documentary that recounts the fear and pain of domestic violence through the eyes children. The film takes us on a family’s journey to discover the truth that lies beneath a recurring cycle of violence and the solution to end it.

Raised in Tennessee households fraught with domestic violence, Penny and Brad Waldroup vowed when they fell in love to end the cycle. A ten-year marriage plagued by waves of mounting violence, all in front of their four children, culminated one horrific night.

The film opens five and a half years later as the family continues to struggle with the impact of the violence that shaped their lives. Within three short months, we witness an astonishing turn of events.

“Hailed as “a masterpiece!” by Seattle’s The Stranger and recognized by Backstage with a Critics Score-A for giving “very human faces to a widespread epidemic, the film has screened at 25 film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, receiving 3 awards, most notably the special Jury Prize at DOC NYC.” Read more about this accolade here.

The film held its week-long theatrical run in New York City the last week of August. It has also been shown at multiple community-wide screenings with partner organizations across the nation over the past month, with many more in currently in development.

THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR is the first documentary of its kind to focus the conversation on the children of domestic violence in such a prominent way and elevate the visibility of this issue to the level it has.

To find out if the film is available for public viewing in a location near you, email 

To organize a public screening in your community, organization, educational institution, or classroom or to acquire the film for training / education purposes, contact Anna Radev at