The following article was provided and written by Beth McQueen, Adult Probation District 4A.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner. While those statistics speak to mainly physical aspects of domestic violence, the abuse encountered by most victims ranges from verbal or emotional abuse to physical violence to fatal violence. Research also indicates that children’s exposure to domestic violence correlates to increased risk to be abused or neglected (US Department of Health and Human Services).
Since many of the aspects of abuse are unseen by outside parties, it can be difficult to identify not only the extent of abuse in a home, but also to identify the impact of trauma related to the non-physical components of domestic violence and child abuse. The following article highlights an artist’s efforts to show the extent of harm caused by the most common form of abuse – name-calling. His photo project, “Weapon of Choice,” pairs words commonly used toward abuse victims with the physical wounds we often see as the main problem in abuse cases. Please click on the link for the article that includes images from the photo project. Please note that the images and language are disturbing.