In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, DOVES recently held a poster contest with art students at Big Bear High School. BBHS art teacher, Andrew Wilson, graciously allowed DOVES advocate Dawn Hull the opportunity to speak to his 2-D Art class about the prevalence of domestic violence and the emotional effect it has on children and teens in the home. Students were given the opportunity to display their creative and artistic abilities to convey the impact of family violence. The students surpassed all expectations by submitting unbelievably powerful artwork full of insight and emotion.
The finalists were on display at DOVES annual Starry Starry Night Gala, where attendees got to vote for their favorites. Senior Hannah Magers won first place for her entry which depicted the pain verbal abuse has on victims, who often maintain, “I’m fine.” The top ten posters will be used in future DOVES outreach materials to promote domestic violence prevention and show the unique impact young people can have by knowing and finding their voice.