Artist Uses Images Of Iconic Cartoon Characters To Illustrate The Horror Of Domestic Violence

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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.


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.



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.



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.

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  • Crusty Socks

    Popeye is only doing what he was named to do.

    • Katy

      What a hilarious joke. You’re humor is amazing, like, lol. Really. You’re hilarious for making a domestic violence joke about an illustration meant to bring awareness to domestic violence. Oh my god, your humor is astounding. No, seriously. Pop-eye. I get it. It’s funny because he POPped her in the EYE. Hahahahaha. Its funny because he beat up on his girlfriend.

      Wait, no it isn’t.

    • Crusty Socks

      I was all excited until I read your last sentence…

  • thisshortenough

    Ah international women’s day. A day for douche canoes worldwide to go “bit what about teh menz?”

    • koreander

      Well, male victims of domestic violence DO exist and in a society like this where victimhood and asking for help is still largely seen as a “female” thing, I think it’s important to raise awareness for them, too, and make sure they aren’t shamed into silence because “boys don’t cry”.
      But yeah, timing. It’s called WOMEN’s day for a reason.

    • thisshortenough

      Yes it’s definitely important to raise awareness for these issues but the guys who complain about international women’s day are the ones who do nothing for these victims, just using them as an argumentative point

    • koreander

      There are people who seriously complain about international women’s day? Wow, that sucks. I had no idea! :(
      I agree, using abuse victims to make a stand in some pointless ideological trench war is a shitty thing to do. Still, “what about teh menz” is a very valid and necessary question more often than not and asking it (in the appropriate context) does not make one a douchebag.

    • thisshortenough

      I wold argue that what about teh menz is not a valid question given that it is a question most often used to derail a conversation on women’s issues. These are the same people who say feminism isn’t about equality because the name automatically suggests something that doesn’t have anything to do with men but they themselves have never researched into anything to do with equal rights besides deciding that women are all trying to be superior

    • koreander

      I totally see your point, I just think there is a time and place for that question and sometimes, people miss it, even when they didn’t mean to derail. I have a strongly male-dominated social environment (engineering student here), so I see that happen a lot when discussions about gender and equality come up. As long as the person asking is being respectful and not openly trolling, I try to give them the benefit of the doubt.

    • JustaGuest

      If we didn’t see it mainly as a crime that victimizes women (and thus less important), and if we didn’t stigmatize women as lesser, then male victims of those crimes would probably also have an easier time because they wouldn’t also be equated as being “lesser.” So, in general, I think that even a focus on female victims of the crime will benefit male victims. (This isn’t to say that we should erase their existence, just that I think they will benefit as well from the awareness.)

    • tSubh Dearg

      That is when I quite enjoy saying “It’s November 19th and I will be happy to take part in whatever you want to do that day to raise awareness about men’s issues” It usually just ends in them spluttering.

  • Justme

    My daughter was born on International Women’s Day…hopefully a sign of great things to come for her.

    Excuse the Mommyjacking I did right there. These cartoons are disturbing, but then again…so is domestic violence.

  • Courtney Lynn

    Wow. Powerful and a great illustration of how it feels to be on the receiving end. Been there myself.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    Ugh Family Guy makes me laugh but it’s seriously misogynistic and there’s even the occasional domestic violence joke on there. So including it really isn’t that shocking. While there is an episode where the guys try to save Quagmire’s sister from domestic violence, there are also a ton of somewhat cruel jokes at women’s expense.

    • Muggle

      I can’t even watch Family Guy because of how it’s rape joke after fat joke after DV joke after racist joke ad nauseam, and I was just about to say the same thing. Apparently domestic abuse is only a problem when it’s your or your buddy’s sister.

  • Kelly

    Whatever, Lois has beat the shit out of Peter several times. I think that couple may have been a poor choice for this.

    • Guest

      I get this is women’s day but I do think it would be of benefit to have a male victim here and there when they do the domestic stuff. Only saying this because we have a family friend going through it and of course his wife is being portrayed as the victim when she was the aggressor. It is just infuriating.

  • JacquelynnMorgan

    The Artist is showing a good talent to make Cartoon picture attractive.

  • Guest

    Why is Superman with Wonder Woman instead of Lois Lane?

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