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Violence, Women and Art Museum Exhibit

Image Credit:
Amnesty Sweden Campaign, Rose Petals 2009, photographs on aluminum

Opening on June 6 and running through September 9, 2011, CDC's Global Health Odyssey Museum's (GHO) new exhibit focuses on the prevention of violence against women. Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art presents the work of 28 contemporary artists from 24 countries whose work addresses the issues of violence against women and girls around the world and their basic human rights to a safe and secure life. The project combines cutting-edge art with important social messaging and storytelling to help create awareness, inspiration, and address systems for positive social change and action.

Graphics: Veto Violence. Stopping violence before it begins. Join the conversation on Facebook. Share your experiences, thougths, and opinions as we work together to stop violence before it happens."The beauty of this project is that it combines the highest integrity of art with important messaging and storytelling. We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path," said Randy Jayne Rosenberg, curator, executive director of the nonprofit group Art Works for Change.

Among the artists featured in Off the Beaten Path are: Yoko Ono (Japan), Louise Bourgeois (France), Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Mona Hatoum (Palestine), and Hank Willis Thomas (USA).

CDC is committed to stopping violence before it begins. Since the 1980s, CDC has applied a public health approach to violence prevention. Early successes in youth violence prevention paved the way for the application of the public health approach to other violence problems, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence.

Today, CDC's violence prevention activities are guided by four key principles:

  • An emphasis on the primary prevention of perpetration – that is, stopping violence before it occurs.
  • A commitment to a rigorous science base, including monitoring trends, researching risk and protective factors, and evaluating prevention strategies.
  • A population approach that takes a broad view on population health and not just the health of the individual. Violence is experienced acutely by individuals but its consequences and potential solutions affect society in general.
  • A cross-cutting approach that encompasses many disciplines and perspectives. (The Off the Beaten Path exhibition offers visitors opportunities to consider such diverse perspectives.)

"Violence against women and girls is a global public health problem, affecting millions of people in every country in the world. Early exposure to violence has life-long health consequences. But the good news? The problem is a preventable one. Raising awareness of violence against women and girls is an important piece of prevention, and we're pleased to support an exhibition doing just that," said James A. Mercy, PhD, Acting Director of CDC's Division of Violence Prevention.

With partners across the U.S. and the world, CDC works to prevent intimate partner and sexual violence through various initiatives and programs, including: the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Surveillance Survey (NISVS); the Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program; the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) Program; the DELTA PREP project; the Dating Matters initiative to help youth form healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence before it starts; and Together for Girls, a global initiative to help end sexual violence against girls.

Quick Facts

  • About one in 11 teens reports being a victim of physical dating violence each year.1
  • About one in four teens reports verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual violence each year.2
  • About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.3
  • Each year, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner related physical assaults and rapes. Men are the victims of about 2.9 million intimate partner related physical assaults.4
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV) resulted in 2,340 deaths in 2007. Of these deaths, 70% were females and 30% were males.5
  • The medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work) cost of IPV was an estimated $5.8 billion in 1995. Updated to 2003 dollars, that's more than $8.3 billion.6, 7

Experience CDC's Global Health Odyssey Museum

The museum is free and open to the public so visitors can experience the world of the GHO year-round. Since its structural expansion in 2005, the GHO continues to expand its collections and award-winning permanent and changing exhibitions. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM with hours extended on Thursday to 7 pm. The museum is closed on all federal holidays.

More Information


  1. Lynberg MC, Eaton D, et al. Prevalence and Associated Health Risk Behaviors of Physical Dating Violence Victimization among High School Students. United States, 2003. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 2006 [In Press].
  2. Foshee VA, Linder GF, Bauman KE, et al. The Safe Dates project: theoretical basis, evaluation design, and selected baseline findings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 1996;12(Suppl 2):39–47.
  3. Silverman JG, Raj A, Mucci L, Hathaway J. Dating violence against adolescent girls and associated substance use, unhealthy weight control, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy, and suicidality. Journal of the American Medical Association 2001; 286(5):5729.
  4. Tjaden P, Thoennes N. Extent, nature, and consequences of intimate partner violence: findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey. Washington (DC): Department of Justice (US); 2000. Publication No. NCJ 181867. Available from: URL:
  5. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Intimate partner violence [online]. [cited 2011 Jan 07]. Available from URL:
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Costs of intimate partner violence against women in the United States. Atlanta (GA): CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; 2003. [cited 2006 May 22]. Available from: URL:
  7. Max W, Rice DP, Finkelstein E, Bardwell RA, Leadbetter S. The economic toll of intimate partner violence against women in the United States. Violence and Victims 2004;19(3):259–72.
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