You Can Always Hope

Oil on linen
48 x 36
Isolation of an innocent adult who stands against an abuser can be justified as similar to giving a time-out to a child for fighting with a sibling. In reality, this effort to change an adult’s behavior by using a demeaning punishment promotes the abuser and silences the innocent. Equalizing the blame in families driven by domestic violence  silences and punishes the falsely accused. Isolating indicates an unwillingness to listen to a different and difficult story that no one wants to hear.