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March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day when we recognize women’s rights, issues and achievements. Many people choose to shine a light on our still ever present struggle with violence against women on this day – because it is still such a threat to women everywhere. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Imagine that; sitting around a table on a night out with three of your friends, one of you has probably been a victim. These statistics are infuriating, horrifying and unacceptable.

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Artist aleXsandro Palombo‘s new body of work portrays the most iconic cartoon characters in scenes of domestic violence. Considering 85% of domestic violence is perpetrated against women, the illustrations make a point. For me, they are effective for two reasons; one – it’s hard to look at what are usual “charming” and “beloved” characters in scenes like these. I think this makes a nuanced point about how isolating domestic violence can be, when those around you don’t recognize your abuser as someone who could possibly have those traits.

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Two, he uses Wonder Woman, which makes a strong point that there is no real “profile” when it comes to victims of domestic violence. It can happen to any of us.

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It’s undoubtedly disturbing to look at beloved characters in situations like these – especially fairy tale princesses and superheros. But the images are jarring and will definitely get people thinking about the plague that is domestic violence.