A Portrait of Domestic Violence

02 September 2012

Millersport, Ohio, USA

Maggie sits with her children Memphis and Kayden. From the beginning of their relationship, her new partner Shane engaged with the children, asking Kayden to call him ‘Dad’.


Domestic violence is frequently seen as a private crime, hidden from view, often excused or obscured from outsiders even by its victims. Maggie (19) lives in central Ohio, with her children Kayden (4) and Memphis (2). Her partner of some months, Shane (31), has had struggles with addiction, and has spent much of his life in prison. One night a violent argument broke out between them after they had returned home from a bar. Shane told Maggie she could choose between being beaten in the kitchen, where a friend was sitting, or going to the basement where they could talk privately. Maggie refused to be alone with him, and his rage grew more intense. Shane was arrested after a resident in the house called the police. He later pleaded guilty to a domestic violence felony and was given a nine-month sentence.


MIllersport, Ohio, United States

Technical information

ISO: 6400
F-Stop: 3.2
Focal Length: 35.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Sara Lewkowicz
Sara Lewkowicz is a New York photojournalist pursuing a master's degree in visual communication from Ohio University in Athens. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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