5 Shows That Handle Violence and Abuse Respectfully


Shows depicting abuse range from docuseries to dramas. There is a show for every kind of violence: physical, psychological, sexual, etc. You may be seeking to understand your own experience as a victim of abuse or simply someone who wants to learn more about the topic. Either way, there’s a show for you.

Here are five shows that consider violence and abuse respectfully and where to watch them.

Content warning: some of these shows include graphic depictions or descriptions of violence. Visit doesthedogdie.com for detailed content notes.

Big Little Lies

Where to stream: HBO

Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “mothers of Monterey.”

Surviving R. Kelly

Where to stream: Netflix

This documentary series reveals young women emerging from the shadows and uniting their voices against singer R. Kelly. Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly’s career has been plagued with rumours of abuse, paedophilia, and predatory behaviour toward women. Now, survivors are stepping forward to detail new allegations about his physical, mental, and sexual abuse. More than 50 interviews with those who include civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk show host Wendy Williams, and R. Kelly’s family members shed light on the singer’s controversial past.

I May Destroy You

Where to stream: HBO

After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, Arabella’s life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her career, friends and family.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Where to stream: Netflix

Stories from survivors fuel an examination of how convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used his wealth and power to carry out his abuses.


Where to stream: Netflix

When a teen reports being raped, then recants her story, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth; based on a true story.