Teen's prize-winning artwork breaks barriers to domestic violence

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Whitehall High School student Gabrielle Hepler won the Domestic Violence Awareness Poster Contest hosted by Every Woman's Place in Muskegon.

Helper, who attends Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, and several of her classmates participated in the contest but Helper's submission won her a $25 gift card to Cinema Carousel. 

The contest required students to illustrate their interpretation of domestic or dating violence. All entries were to be in color, include a message about stopping domestic violence and fit an 8.5 by 11-inch format.

“After we were given the project guidelines, I went home and brainstormed a bunch of ideas,” said Helper. Her final choice was “Break the Silence,” a shattered mirror effect painting, incorporating torn paper and acrylic paints into her handmade piece.

Every Woman’s Place provides emergency shelter for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. All services are free of charge to survivors and their children. For more information visit www.everywomansplace.org.

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