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Sanctuary for Families — an organization that aids victims of domestic abuse — has organized a touching photography exhibition titled The Long Journey: Surviving Domestic Violence. As part of a student thesis project, Paige Stoyer documented the lives of four abused women, then gave them a camera to photograph their own life with their own vision. The understated photos speak volumes about recovery from a traumatic past. I personally feel heartened when photography is used as a way to empower people who feel victimized or disfranchised in any way. Allowing a person to use art to represent and interpret his or her life is very powerful. The Long Journey was on display at The New School in New York for one night only, but you can view and purchase prints from the exhibit here.   —Lindsay Sakraida

(Photos: Top images by Paige Stoyer; bottom images by two of the domestic abuse survivors.)