“When I started working I was naive, and my aim was to have families reunited.”

Elena Zolotilova and Tatiana Pavlova


This is the story of our unique journey to ten countries, where we investigated the violence that kills and harms women.


“Have you got any children he knows aren’t his? Does he spy on you, or leave threatening messages?”


Every third woman is subjected to violence during her lifetime.

Click to see a short film about this project.


“I have never accepted that I’ve been circumcised, because it causes me so much pain. It’s very hard for me to have sex. It hurts.
“My abusers will win if I don’t make something of my life.”Name: Nicole Age: 63
“The turning point was 2004, with the new law on violence in the home. Violence against women was no longer a private matter.”
“They called me a bloody lesbian and raped me.”  Name: Themba Age: 29

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