We're going to take a look now at how creative artists are addressing a very serious and longstanding problem. Domestic violence affects nearly one in four women. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, 22% of women experience at least one physical assault by a partner during their adulthood.
The Full Circle Dance Company has drawn on the stories of women affected by domestic violence to inspire their latest collaboration: a benefit performance this weekend called "Unshamed: Baring Our Secrets and Our Souls."
Joining Tom in Studio A to talk about the benefit performance -- and the difficult issue it's addressing -- is Donna Jacobs, the Artistic Director of Full Circle Dance Company, who is also a Senior Vice President at the University of Maryland Medical System.
Dr. Carnell Cooper joins Tom as well. He is an associate professor of surgery and the director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Policy at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The Full Circle Dance Company performs "Unshamed: Baring Our Secrets and Our Souls" at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, Maryland. on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm, and on Sunday, November 5 at 2:30pm. A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Bridge Domestic Violence Program at UMMS. Click here for directions and ticket info.