Digital Storytelling- M2 Mobile Story: Intimate Partner Violence and it’s Effects


Digital Story Title: Domestic Violence

Theme Music: Original music created with Garage Band on iPad

Tools: iMovie for iPad, Garage Band, Canva, YouTube

Media Used: Voice recording, royalty free images, video

Digital Story Duration: 8 minutes, 26 seconds

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Digital Story Duration: 8 minutes, 26 seconds

Image One by GETTY/HUFFPOST Women


(Video News Reporter) Inaudible Nashville woman fighting for her life brought a community together tonight. Singers performed at Gospel United Church in Nashville and people wore purple for domestic violence awareness. It was all to honor thirty-seven-year-old Carolyn Harris. Harris’s boyfriend is accused of shooting her after the two were arguing last month. Since then the mother of nine children remains in the hospital. Proceeds from today’s concert will help her with her ongoing medical bills.


Voice Recording (image two Facebook)

Domestic violence continues to be problem here in the United States, with no sign of slowing down. Both men and women can be victims of intimate partner violence, but women are more likely to be victims.


Image three by DualD FlipFlop via Flickr

Intimate partner violence includes four types of behavior. Physical violence (Image four Instagram) is when an individual hurts their partner by using physical force such as kicking, punching, or slapping.

Sexual violence (Image five by DualD FlipFlop via Flickr) is when an individual forces or attempts to force their partner to take part in a sexual act, a non-physical sexual event or when a partner does not or cannot consent. Stalking (Video from YouTube) is a repeated pattern of unwanted contact or attention by a partner that causes fear or concern for the safety of the victim or individuals that are close to the victim.

Psychological Aggression ( Image five from 30 shocking domestic violence statistics) is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intention to control and harm another individual mentally or emotionally. It is important to understand that these different behaviors can happen all at once and is connected to other forms of violence. (Image six by The Lamp via Flickr)


How serious is intimate partner violence? Well, IPV affects millions of people in the United States each year. ( Image seven created with Canva, info from by CDC) According to the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly one in four women and about one in seven men report having experienced severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetime (Preventing Intimate, n.d.).


What can we do to stop IPV before it begins? (Image eight by Giraffecereal via Flickr) There are a variety of approaches that are intended to stop IPV before it starts (Image created with Canva, info from 30 shocking domestic violence statistics) . According to the CDC, when we support the development of healthy, non-violent relationships, we can potentially reduce the occurrence of IPV. It could also prevent damaging, long-lasting effects on individuals, their family and friends, as well as their communities.


The CDC lists multiple strategies that are intended to stop intimate partner violence before it happens, as well as approaches that provide support to survivors, lessening the short and long term effects of abuse. (Image from CDC)


  1. With healthy relationship programs for couples and social-emotional learning programs for youth, we can teach safe and healthy relationship skills.
  2. Family-based programs, bystander empowerment and education and Men and boys as allies in prevention are programs that can help engage influential peers and adults.
  3. Parenting skill and family relationship programs, preschool enrichment with family engagement, early childhood home visitation, and treatment for at-risk children, youth, and family are programs that can alter the developmental pathways toward partner violence. (Image from Domestic Abuse Project)
  4. By improving school climate and safety, modifying the physical and social environments in our neighborhoods, and improving the organizational policies and workplace climate can create an environment of protection. (Images from Pinterest)
  5. Economic support for families can also help stop IPV before it starts, by strengthening work-family supports and household financial security.
  6. Survivors of IPV must be supported to increase safety and lessen the harmful encounters. Housing programs, patient-centered approaches, victim-centered services, first responder and civil legal protections, as well as treatment and support are all services that can assists individuals that have experienced IPV. (Image from Pinterest)


What do you do when intimate partner violence is affecting someone you love? In my case, the person dear to me that was experiencing intimate partner violence, was my sister. My sister Shaquanna is a survivor of IPV and one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced is seeing my sister battered and bruised. Shaquanna endured almost ten years of verbal, mental and physical abuse at the hands of her children’s father, yet she never allowed her circumstances to deter her from her goals. Shaquanna recently graduated with her bachelors’ Degree in Community and Human Services of SUNY Empire State College, and she is currently working toward her master’s degree in Adult learning.


Short Interview with my sister, Shaquanna Pierson

Scene: Outside in front of Shaquanna’s house 

Shante: What was it that motivated it you to finally to walk away from that abuse relationship?

Shaquanna: Okay so back then, we had already been together for about nine years and for me, I was loyal like almost to a fault. Like I felt, even though I was in a bad situation I felt like I was wrong for wanting to leave the relationship, because of the fact that we had kids together. So to be honest, it really came down to a prior love interest coming back into my life. Because I felt like u didn’t really entertain the though of dating another guy or trying to start all over again. And I wasn’t really even keen to the idea of raising children on my own, so then I had prior love interest who contacted me through Facebook. We met up with each other, we kind of like starting hanging out and then it just went from there. I felt like, you know, he kind of showed me that I could trust again, and also came down to safety where I felt like because he was a man if there was any type of retaliation from the previous relationship that he’d be able to at least protect me or defend me in some type of way. So it sounds a little weird to say that it really took for a man to come in my life, but in that situation that’s what it was because of the fact that I couldn’t see that I didn’t have to maintain my loyalty to someone who was putting me in a an abusive situation. But at the time I didn’t  see that. It really took for him to come along and kind of help open my eyes to things that I was unable to see before.

Shante: Ok, so next question. What would you do if saw someone in public being physically or verbally abused by their significant other, after having experienced a similar situation?

Shaquanna: Well for me there was actually a where that actually did happen, and it really depends on the circumstances. If I felt comfortable enough to approach them and kind of like just break up the situation, then I would. But if  I felt like it would be harmful for myself and probably also for the other person, I would just call the cops.

Shante: What type of advice would you give someone that is currently experiencing some form of intimate partner violence?

Shaquanna: For me I would say just finding your own will to live. What I think it is is that when you’re in an abusive relationship, that usually comes down to a self-worth issue. It could be something that stems from childhood, or any type of experience you’ve had in your life but usually if you have um self-love issues just like some sort of self-esteem issues that’s when you find yourself like accepting less than what you deserve. So I think that when you find the will to live, it gives you a little bit more, it just gives you something to look forward to.

Final images created with Canva.

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My name is Shante Pierson. I am passionate about many things and my many passions are what drive me. I am a mother, student, singer/songwriter, natural hair enthusiast, blogger and lover of all things art. ! I enjoy doing anything that allows my creativity to flow as free as the wind.

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