Tat­toos against vi­o­lence

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Evgue­nia Zakhar (33) is not your reg­u­lar tat­too artist – ev­ery Monday, in her stu­dio in Ufa, Rus­sia, she turns the scars on fe­male do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims into works of art, for free.

In­spired by the work of Brazil­ian tat­too artist Flavia Car­valho, who also cov­ers up the scars of abused women, Zakhar started her project in Au­gust.

She of­fers this service via the Rus­sian so­cial network Vkon­takte.

In six months, more than 200 women have found them­selves in Zakhar’s ex­pert hands, each of them a vic­tim of abuse from a vi­o­lent fa­ther, hus­band or lover.

Her role has be­come that of psy­chol­o­gist to them too.

“To start with, it was painful to hear these sto­ries, but, lit­tle by lit­tle, I learnt how to lis­ten,” she con­fides.

“Now, I even sug­gest that they share their story one last time – be­fore leav­ing it behind them for­ever once the tat­too is fin­ished.”

Zakhar hopes to set out on her mo­tor­bike to travel around Rus­sia with her part­ner to of­fer her ser­vices to abused women from other re­gions, and is look­ing for po­ten­tial spon­sors.

The com­mit­ment of this tat­tooist is sym­bolic in a coun­try that has re­cently in­tro­duced a law that de­crim­i­nalises do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. The leg­is­la­tion pro­voked strong re­ac­tions from the Rus­sian pub­lic, with some peo­ple fear­ing that it would triv­i­alise the phe­nom­e­non.

Ac­cord­ing to the Rus­sian min­is­ter of in­ter­nal af­fairs, 36 000 women are vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ev­ery year, with 12 000 dy­ing as a re­sult of the abuse.

World­wide, nearly one in ev­ery three women is a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.



TINY HEROES FROM PAIN COMES BEAUTY Evgue­nia Zakhar tat­toos over scars on women who have been abused

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