Imagine life without domestic violence

imagine life without domestic violence


We believe that violence begins in the home and extends into society at large, contributing to violence everywhere.

The Domestic Violence Action Fund is a multi-year campaign initiated by Peace Over Violence to make the connections between domestic violence and the most urgent health, social and economic problems impacting our communities today. DVAF seeks to move Los Angeles, and beyond, to imagine life without domestic violence.


Our goal is to end domestic violence in our communities.


For 48 years, Peace Over Violence has been dedicated to realizing our vision: a world without violence.

Our approach is to run crisis intervention, violence prevention and education programs tailored toward women, youth and children, and by natural extension, men. We listen, counsel, support, guide and work to heal survivors of violence. We teach teens about healthy relationships, train girls in self-defense, advise politicians on public policy. We organize, we advocate. Not only do we believe, we know that violence is preventable. We stand at the center of a social movement that is advancing individuals, groups and society to stand over violence.

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Violence against women is the most pervasive yet least recognized human rights abuse in the world.

By definition, domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any intimate relationship that is used by one partner to maintain a sense of control over the other. Domestic violence is further defined as physical or sexual violence within the family. This includes sexual abuse of children and physical abuse of elderly parents. Domestic violence occurs without regard to race, age, class, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.

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Domestic violence is not merely a conflict between two people.

It begins in our homes and extends into society at large, contributing to violence everywhere. The Domestic Violence Action Fund (DVAF) is POV’s effort to imagine life without DV and acknowledge that DV is central to the struggle for social justice and is a root cause of so much trauma, suffering and social ills that persist from generation to generation.


imagine life without domestic violence


Brian “B+” Cross

Is one of the most promi­nent music photographers working today. He has photographed more than one hundred album covers for artists such as Company Flow, Damian Marley, Fly­ing Lotus, J Dilla, Mos Def, and Q-Tip. Cross was the director of pho­tography for the Academy Award–nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and he has made several feature-length music films and many music videos. His photos have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, the Fader, and the Wire.

B+ is an assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and cofounder of Mochilla, a production house whose output includes feature-length music documentaries, music videos, music, and photography.

Cross lives in Los Angeles with his wife Thalma De Freitas and their daughter Gaelle. His new book Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed comes out on the University of Texas Press in October of 2017.


Take Action


Expose & Intervene

Be an active bystander. Call out victim blaming and bullying behavior. Step in, safely, when an act of DV is happening.


Acknowledge & Learn

Recognize that domestic violence impacts society at large - it does not start and end with the victim.


Educate & Advocate

Educate your friends, family, and community about the impact of DV and how to eradicate it. Get involved with policy and legislation.


Connect & Volunteer

Get involved with with your local DV agency or women’s organization and the work that they are doing.


Support & Donate

We hope you’ll join us on this brave and crucial step toward LIFE WITHOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE by making a tax-deductible donation today. Any contribution makes a substantial difference in helping us bring our vision to life.


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