A Portrait of Domestic Violence
Contemporary Issues, first prize stories
Millersport, Ohio, USA
Shane carries Memphis, his partner Maggie’s toddler daughter. Shane had Maggie’s name tattooed on his neck one month into their courtship.
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.
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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.
Her work has been published in Time, Stern, L’Espresso, Das Magazin, Opzij, Claudia, Days Japan, Internatzionale, Politiken, the Baltimore Sun, and numerous other magazines and newspapers. She has won several grants and awards, including the 2013 Alexia Student Grant and the 2013 Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award. She was also named the 2013 College Photographer of the Year by POYi.