Domestic violence happens most often to women. But indigenous women and girls are disproportionately targets of domestic or sexual violence, reporting 84% compared to 25% of white American women. There is total apathy towards these deaths.
Globally, women are the victims of this abuse and tend to experience more severe forms: physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive and sexual and death. Frequently there is a cycle of abuse during which tensions rise and an act of violence is committed, followed by a period of reconciliation and calm. The presence of a gun increases the risk of homicide by 500%. These women are trapped in domestic violent situations through isolation from their family or reservation, power and control, fear, shame and/or lack of financial resources. My painting expresses an indigenous woman's experiences of hatred, violence and possible death when trapped in a domestic violence relationship.