In an effort to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2012, this year I wanted to showcase some videos that share survivors’ stories, as well as educate others about domestic violence through art.
Broken Beautiful: A Portrait of Domestic Violence tells the story of survivor and founder of Be a Voice Arts Michelle Johnson Major, “whose husband took a butcher knife and slashed ninety-four of her paintings before attempting to murder her by strangling her to unconsciousness” (2009, YouTube). Links to Michelle’s work have been previously posted on this blog for DVAM, but the video below shares the story of her abuse and survival through her art:
Monsters in the Closet: Domestic Violence From a Child’s View- This powerful animation sponsored by The Verizon Foundation and the National Domestic Violence Hotline “sheds light on the effects of domestic violence in the home, through the eyes of a child” (2011, YouTube).
AWBW- Art as a Healing Tool- Another organization I have also featured in past DVAM posts is A Window Between Worlds and the programs they offer to help end domestic violence through art. Here’s a peek into AWBW and their work with survivors:
Finding a Voice for Domestic Violence Survivors through Art: I was honored to have the video I created for DVAM in 2011 shown at Anna Marie’s Alliance’s (St. Cloud, Minnesota) as part of last week’s “Safety Today…Hope Tomorrow” fundraiser that included recognizing the benefits of art therapy.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, here are some local, state, and national resources to reach out to: