LEWISTON - About 80 pieces of art created by survivors of domestic violence will be showcased in a special exhibit at Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum this month, which is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at the art museum.
This is the first year Niagara University has been part of the event. NU students have created a red flag - part of the national Red Flag Campaign, which addresses the red flags of dating violence, said Karrie Gebhardt, director of domestic violence and parenting services at Family and Children's Services of Niagara. The initiative is a campaign to remind people to "say something" if they see the signs of dating violence in a friend's relationship. Some of the red flags include, coercion, jealousy, stalking, emotional abuse, sexual assault, isolation and victim blaming.
Eileen Wrobel, a Niagara Falls Police domestic violence victim advocate, facilitated the art exhibit with survivors through the "Windows Between the Worlds" art program.