Online Program

Raising our Voice - emerging from the shadows of domestic abuse

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 12:09 p.m. - 12:18 p.m.

Teya Sepinuck, MS, Theatre of Witness, Philadelphia, PA
Theater of Witness is a form of testimonial performance developed by founder and artistic director Teya, in which the true life stories of those whose voices haven’t been heard in society are performed by the storytellers themselves as a way for audiences to bear witness to significant social issues.

The theater productions are scripted from individual and group interviews as well as a variety of creative process techniques and consist of scripted text, music, movement, imagery and film projection. The productions are created with the performers who themselves have directly experienced the issues being explored. Theater of Witness invites audiences to put a face and heart to societal issues of suffering and to celebrate the power of the human spirit to grow and transform. Theater of Witness is a form of peace building and inspiration.

Based on an original, live Theater of Witness production, this video breaks the silence that often shrouds domestic abuse. It does so by weaving the stories of eight performers, who come from different countries, cultures and backgrounds but share the common experience of having been victims, perpetrators or witnesses of domestic abuse, into a collective cry for understanding, action and healing.The film serves as a powerful catalyst for dialogue about abuse, violence, trauma, survival, resiliency, recovery, and individual/collective responsibility.The production was designed to educate communities about domestic violence and underscore the reality that there is hope for healing and transformation.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrates the power of personal and collective story telling to reduce the shame of domestic abuse and shares an innovative method of personal and collective healing and public awareness.

Keyword(s): Public health or related education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have created productions in the United States, Poland and Northern Ireland since 1986 with refugees, immigrants, survivors, perpetrators of violence, prisoners and their families, ex-combatants, members of the security forces and victims of war and conflict, former perpetrators, those healing from abuse, elders, runaway girls, and those living without homes. This work brings former enemies together onstage to explore conflict from a multiplicity of perspectives, shining light on the possibility of connection and reconciliation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.