Once someone leaves their abuser, what happens? Is it all sunshine and rainbows or are there more struggles to overcome internally as well as externally? Statistically speaking, most victims who leave their abusers are in the greatest danger of being murdered or assaulted by their exes right after they leave. Knowing this, it's very common to experience things like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, extreme paranoia, and substance abuse. A large number of victims and survivors end up in poverty or homeless.
Though knowledge and information about domestic violence is becoming more readily available, the facts can only do so much to illustrate these struggles and victories from a survivor's point of view. That's why the focus of the 2014 anthology is the aftermath of domestic violence: to help more people understand that the hardest part isn't leaving; the hardest part is thriving after leaving and trying to find ways to heal a wounded soul.
Survivors need to know they aren't alone and there are people who have not only been there, but who have managed to put together a happy and wonderful life for themselves and their children. There is hope! It can be done, and Soul Vomit is one way to show them that we're all in this together!
As always, 70% of proceeds from the sales of this book will go to a domestic violence charity such as a shelter or another project to help survivors get their lives back.
To submit your work, please go to the Soul Vomit submissions page:
Artwork, photography, poetry, essays, prose, short stories, and any other artform that can be printed are all welcome!
Together, we can help end domestic violence. No one deserves to live in a warzone.