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This Virtual Pop-Up Library is a collaboration between the John M. Flaxman Library and SAIC's Domestic Violence Awareness Month Committee. Read more and see the full SAIC DVAM program at


October 1 marks the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This month, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) provides programming and awareness opportunities that not only educate our community about domestic violence and its impact, but also create moments of partnership and collaboration that will help to end domestic violence. 

There is a great deal more work to be done to end domestic violence, and we hope you’ll take this month as an opportunity to learn, reflect, and take action.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) does not tolerate any form of Domestic and Dating Violence. To learn more about SAIC’s policies, please go to our Sexual Misconduct Under Title IX Policy and Policy Prohibiting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking available at


  • SAIC Stop Sexual Violence > Get Help page
  • SAIC EVENTS - Full descriptions on
    • Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off
      October 3, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Neiman 2nd Floor
    • Are You in a Healthy Relationship?
      This workshop will focus on what a healthy relationship looks like.  Attendees can create an affirmation card to cast positive thoughts and energy.    
      October 12, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, 37 S Wabash, Sharp 327
    • Everything Purple Day
      October 20, 2022 
    • Shine Your Light
      Email for a purple flameless tea light candle (first come first serve) to light on October 24, 2022
  • Getting Involved
    Join SAIC and “End Domestic Violence” by including the SAIC End Domestic Violence logo in your email signature.



Nonfiction - General

Nonfiction - Art Therapy



Art Therapy, Arts-Based Research and Transitional Stories of Domestic Violence and Abuse*
By Jamie Bird. International Journal of Art Therapy 23, no. 1 (2017): 14–24.
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Evaluating the Effects of Creative Journal Arts Therapy for Survivors of Domestic Violence*
James Ikonomopoulos, Javier Cavazos-Vela, Patsy Vela, Martha Sanchez, Claudia Schmidt, and Cynthia V Catchings. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health 12, no. 4 (October 2, 2017): 496–512.
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Unchain My Anguish: A Feminist Take on Art and Trauma*
Tania L. Abramson, Feminist Review 122, no. 1 (July 2019): 189–197.
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Painting Indignity / Painting in Dignity : Art-Making in Response to Gender-Based Violence*
Karen McIntyre, Women’s Studies Journal 29, no. 2 (December 2015): 60–69.
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‘I Want but I Can't’. A Description About the Resistances and Limits in a Groupwork of Art-Therapy Concerning Domestic Violence, through the Evolution of a Concrete Case [Article in Spanish]
Pilar Ascaso Palacín Arteterapia 7 (January 1, 2013): 223–244.

The Role of Art for Homeless Women and Survivors of Domestic Violence*
Mary Stokrocki, Sandra Sutton Andrews, and Sigrun Saemundsdottir. Visual Arts Research 30, no. 1 (January 1, 2004): 73–82.
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