A War Against the Mirror features narrative and visual arts from domestic violence support groups.
Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill, North Carolina runs expressive arts programs for domestic violence survivors. This collection includes stories, poems, and visual artwork from that program. It also includes writing prompts used in the program so readers can gain a better understanding of the process.
Program Coordinator Connie Carringer says in the introduction:
“I am struck by the courage of these individuals to let themselves be seen by those of us who have the honor to work at Compass Center. So often they come in feeling ashamed, unwanted, and undeserving of love and respect. They are angry, afraid, grieving, confused, and uncertain of what to do. My hope is that each person feels accepted just as they are, and that this space is one in which they can say whatever they need to say without fear of judgment.”
The works presented in this volume show the powerful healing that begins in the Compass Center expressive arts program.