SAFE

An art project about domestic violence.

“One in four women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.” – nrcdv.org

The odds are you or someone you love has been affected.

I believe the first step in awareness is open discussion so I’ll start.

I’m an child abuse survivor.

Growing up my dad was often violent. I was a kid living with a bomb that exploded frequently with no rhyme or reason. That was long ago. Today I have peace, but that doesn’t mean I’m free. Because I know, even as I write this someone is being attacked. Someone is suffering. Someone doesn’t feel safe.

Shame keeps victims from speaking their truth. We stay quiet. We blame ourselves. We tell ourselves we’re fine when we’re not.

The world needs to hear from survivors who’ve found their voice and learned how to feel safe in a world that often isn’t.

My new art book ‘SAFE’ features interviews with domestic violence survivors and empowering portraits of them and their supporters.

The portraits will be used for social media and shown at a Chicago fundraiser this October in time for National Domestic Violence Awareness month.

There is strength in numbers. Together we can start a new movement that makes it safe to come out of the dark and seek help.

There is no charge for these portraits in exchange for the rights to use your photo and story on our social media and publish in our art book and fundraiser.

If you would like to participate please get in touch with Jake Miller at 312-927-5253.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.

RESOURCES

Be safe! Computers can be monitored, and it is impossible to completely erase your Internet footprints.

If you are in danger, please switch to a computer that your abuser cannot access and call the Illinois Confidential 24 hour Domestic Abuse Hotline 877-863-6338.  

Other links that may help you connect with resources are the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network http://batteredwomensnetwork.org and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence  http://www.ncadv.org