Each time a woman stands up for herself without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou

Welcome to The Beside Between Beyond Project, a forthcoming digital and installation art, oral storytelling, and video campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse with a highlight on immigrant and refugee populations.

This project aims to bring awareness to the suffering of victims of domestic abuse and positive outcomes especially in immigrant and refugee households. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, “approximately 3.2 million million South Asians live in the United States, their community having grown 81% from 2000 to 2010. Studies using community-based samples of South Asian immigrant women have reported past-year Intimate Partner Violence prevalence up to 40%. However, evidence on protective factors for abuse among South Asian immigrant women in the United States has been minimal.”- Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6023771/. This data shows the need for resources within these communities.

The project uses visual interactive art, film and spoken language as a tool to look into the truth. The ultimate desired outcome of this project is to eliminate domestic violence through re-education both in these communities and the general population. Making this information widely available will help prepare leaders, so that together we can better address the obstacles faced by victims in these communities.