The Story Behind “Shine a Light on Domestic Violence”
I use the image of a darkened room with a light shining through to illustrate what it is like to live in a home where abuse is present— the window with lace curtains can represent any home–your neighbor, a friend, family member, a co-worker…a home in a city or suburb, a home that may look perfect on the outside, a home you would never suspect (or perhaps you did and thought it was best to “stay out of it”) that domestic violence was happening.
Domestic violence destroys families. I chose this dark, shadowy setting to represent the fear/intimidation, isolation, secrecy, denial and very real darkness that is domestic violence..
The light shining through the window represents raising awareness about domestic violence, getting help for victims and preventing violence from occurring — this is the intent behind Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
(US) The National Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
Hot Peach Pages, International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies (Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 100 languages): http://www.hotpeachpages.net/
What is Domestic Violence? (The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney IN): http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/domviol/what.htm