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Dolores Claiborne

Presented by Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

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This is a Pay-What-You-Wish screening. The show will start at 7:00 PM and be followed by a discussion hosted by the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County. Panelists’ details are below.


“It’s rare to see a pop best seller come out this well in the movies.” – Chicago Tribune

In a small New England town Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) works as a housekeeper for the rich but heartless Vera Donovan (Judy Parfitt). When Vera turns up dead, Dolores is accused of killing her elderly employer. Dolores’s estranged daughter, Selena (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a well-respected New York City journalist, decides to visit her mother and investigate the matter for herself. As Selena digs deeper into the case, she uncovers shocking truths about the murder — and her own childhood.


Michele Camburn, DVCCC: Michele is the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County’s Phoenixville Counselor and she provides counseling to many clients in person at our Phoenixville office and virtually. She has extensive experience working with survivors of trauma, including domestic violence, childhood abuse, human trafficking, and substance use disorders. Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and utilizes a collaborative and compassionate approach to counseling to foster hope, healing, and resilience. Michele is married to her husband of many years, John, and has 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.

Chelsea Melrath, Chester County ACEs Coalition:
Chelsea has been the coordinator of the Chester County ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Coalition since 2016 and is a contracted Trauma Specialist with the Chester County Health Department. With over 15 years’ experience in working with families who were facing mental health concerns, homelessness, poverty, domestic violence as well as other crises, Chelsea understands the impact that trauma has on the health and well-being of our community. Tragically, Chelsea lost her aunt, Audra Aston, to domestic violence 13 years ago and chooses to honor her by being an advocate for those who have or are currently experiencing domestic violence.


  • Genre Drama
  • Director Taylor Hackford
  • Released 1995
  • Runtime 2h 12m
  • Rated R
  • Studio Warner Bros.
  • CountryUnited States



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