April 17, 1998

Domestic Violence Activist and Award-Winning Photojournalist, Donna Ferrato, to Give Talk at Middlebury College

Domestic violence activist and award-winning photojournalist, Donna Ferrato, will present a lecture and slide presentation of her photographs on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Middlebury College's Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125). The lecture, "When Love Hurts: A talk about relationships and violence," is being held in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month, which lasts through April. The event, planned in collaboration with Addison County Women in Crisis, is free of charge and open to the public.

Ferrato has been a professional photographer for more than 17 years. For her documentation of domestic violence, she has received numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant, The Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography, and the Kodak Crystal Eagle for Courage in Journalism.

Her photographs on this topic have appeared in many publications including, Life, Time, People, USA Today, Ms., and The New York Times Magazine. Television reports displaying her work on domestic violence range from the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Good Morning America," to "Dateline" and "Court TV."

In 1991, Aperture published Ferrato's book on domestic violence, "Living with the Enemy." Shortly afterwards, a New York battered women's shelter approached her to mount the photographs as an exhibition for a benefit event. Building on the success of this exhibition, Ferrato founded Domestic Abuse Awareness, Inc. (DAA), a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to eliminating violence in the home through increased awareness and education. Through DAA, the exhibition has since traveled to over 55 locations-both national and international. It has enabled community groups to raise over $500,000 for battered women's shelters.

Ferrato also has traveled around the world on photography assignments, featuring subjects that range from Bruce Springsteen to the Gulf War, which have also appeared in such publications as Fortune, The New York Times Magazine and the German magazine Stern.

Based in New York City, Donna Ferrato often lectures on domestic violence at universities, hospitals and shelters.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Ann McLean in the psychology department at 802-443-5838.