Jourdan Buck Photography and Jessica Aiken-Hall, Author, are teaming up for #DomesticViolenceAwareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
It is likely that you or someone you know and love has been effected by domestic violence. We want to share stories to spread awareness.
We are teaming up for this project to do a session with any women and men who are willing to share their story.
We are welcoming anyone who has been personally affected by domestic violence to join us. Whether it was you who went through it, or someone close to you and it still affected you. There is no age limit, as this can happen to anyone. There will be contracts there to be signed, allowing us to use your images on social media for this project and spread awareness. If you are under 18 you must have a parent or guardian sign.
If you do not feel safe using your image or name, we can still use your story anonymously. Contact Jessica at https://www.facebook.com/aikenhallauthor or firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to include your story.
We’ve included a few facts about domestic violence to help spread awareness.
• More than 10 million men and women in the US are subjected to domestic violence.
• More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the US report having experienced rape, physical violence, and or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes.
• Approximately 5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Children exposed are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.
• Nationally, 50% of batterers who abuse their intimate partner also abuse their children.
• Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
Jessica Aiken-Hall is the author of The Monster That Ate My Mommy. She lives in New Hampshire with her three children, three dogs and her husband. She is a graduate of Springfield College, with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Reiki Master, focusing her attention on healing. As a social worker, she uses her life experience to help others in their time of need.
Jessica was recently a guest on the Dr. Phil show, where some of the issues from her memoir were discussed.