Photographer Lifts The Curtain On Domestic Violence In The United States

For Melissa Kreider, the home is a complex place, one that you dream of leaving, and one that haunts us for years after you leave. In the worst incidences, the home can be synonymous with danger. In the United States, every minute 24 people are victims of domestic violence: rape, physical violence and harassment.

With the help of the police public archives, Kreider began researching the horrors that took place behind the quiet facades of homes where violence replaces comfort and security.

Photographed in a documentary style, these homes take on a narrative-less existence, taking on a troubling element once coupled with their captions.

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

"I really felt the failure of the political system in their support for victims of domestic violence in the United States," says Kreider. "There is still a latent culture of misogyny and it goes beyond just the US."

She began by noting the addresses from the police archives, simply turning up hoping to find something visually pleasing. Her work now involves using Google Maps in order to ensure that the locations fit in with the overall aesthetic that she is trying to achieve.

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

"It is harder to find addresses in wealthy neighborhoods. I am sure that these kinds of victims exist, yet there is a greater sense of shame attached which provokes them to not speak out, or maybe they have more financial means to simply escape their aggressor.

I had to do a lot of research to find these kinds of situations, and it has become my principal focus as of late."

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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(Photo: Melissa Kreider, In Her Own Home)

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