An educational illustrated book about domestic violence

Between 2014 and 2016 I worked on an illustrated book commissioned by a non-profit Paroles de Femmes - Le Relais 77, a women's refuge outside Paris, France. The book is written in French and is titled "La violence masculine dans le couple: comprendre et en sortir", which means "male partner violence: understanding and exiting".

It's available on Amazon Kindle.

You can access more images from the book through my blog posts: 

Le Relais wanted a book that they could hand out to the women they support, that would explain the basic feminist concepts and understanding of male partner abuse and its consequences, including post traumatic stress. The book includes illustrated theory and fictional stories of women that represent different aspects of abuse.

The first stage of the writing process and decision of what we wanted the book to say was done through a series of workshops with a team of women organised by the Relais: it included women supported by the Relais, staff from the Relais and professional partners who also work in the field.

The theory parts were then written up by Annie Ferrand, a feminist psychologist and staff member of the Relais, and myself; 

the scripts of the cartoons were written with the help of Annie Ferrand and Typhaine Dee, a feminist playwright and actress.

I made the illustrations, cartoons and book cover.

It was an amazing experience!

An educational illustrated booklet about prostitution

This booklet, published in 2013, was my very first commissioned illustration work. It's called "survivre au viol et à la prostitution" (Surviving rape and prostitution) and was conceived by three non-profits: La voix des Femmes (Women's Voices), Education Féministe and the Calvados delegation of the Mouvement du Nid, a non profit that supports women in prostitution and exited women (Calvados is a County of Normandy, France. 

It explains how prostitution is a form of violence and rape, the mechanisms of the prostitution and john system, and describes the psychotraumatic consequences of sexual violence against women in prostitution. It was funded by the Women's policy officer of Calvados (délégation départementale aux droits des femmes). 

Information about the booklet can be found here, in French 

https://www.centre-hubertine-auclert.fr/outil/survivre-au-viol-et-a-la-prostitution

The document can be read here, in French : 

http://feminismecaen.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/livret-viol-et-prostitution-2013-version-lecture.pdf

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