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ACE RESOURCE NETWORK PARTNERS WITH WEAVE FOR “KIM” DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE

Written by Alex Musselman

On October 7th, the “KIM” world premiere was presented by WEAVE, Inc., an organization dedicated to bringing an end to sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking, in partnership with the ACE Resource Network and NumberStory.org, which supports actions that prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). “KIM” tells the story of Kim Landle, a ballerina who after enduring a dangerous and abusive relationship, made it her mission to use her voice as a dancer to raise awareness about domestic violence and ignite conversations about love, abuse, and the strength to overcome.


Kim’s use of dance shows that art has the power to heal, inspire and provide hope. ACE Resource Network’s initiative Number Story launched a campaign called #MyArtStory to show that the arts are incredibly powerful tools for transforming how we see ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Through art, we can create, explore, and define our own meaning and purpose.


Scientific evidence is showing what humans have known for centuries and passed on through cultures and generations. Engaging in creative and expressive arts practices and activities can prevent and reduce the harmful impacts of trauma and childhood trauma. This includes growing up in a household with intimate partner violence (IPV). Exposure to IPV in childhood may become part of an intergenerational cycle of violence. However, children’s outcomes aren’t the only thing that matters – positive experiences can help protect and support them, and Kim’s leadership in educating young people about healthy relationships is part of what makes Kim an inspiring leader.


This October, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we invite you to share the art that has been part of your healing journey. Express yourself in whatever way is comfortable. Movement, words, paint, singing, crayons – there’s no wrong way to create and use your voice.

Please share you art story on social media and tag @MyNumberStory and/or use the hashtag #MyArtStory.

 

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call or chat the National Domestic Violence Hotline for free, 24/7. CALL: 1-800-799-7233 or CHAT: National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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