A domestic violence survivor posed for powerful images that highlight the raw impacts of the often silent abuse.
Just hours after allegedly suffering physical abuse at the hands of her partner, Brooke Beaton, 27, took the brave step to publicly reveal the physical impacts.
Since last week, the candid images of Ms Beaton have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
On August 22, the South Dakota resident contacted police after she was allegedly beaten by her partner – a man she had been friends with for eight years before they began dating four months ago.
Ms Beaton was allegedly a passenger in a car driven by her partner, when he allegedly punched her face with his fist, struck her again, choked her and tried to wrestle away her phone when she attempted to contact emergency services.
“I ended up at a gas station about five miles away from where we were,” Ms Beaton told The Argus Leader.
“He was wiping up the crime scene with a paper towel from the gas pump.”
On Sunday, the South Dakota resident contacted former school friend and freelance photographer Tiffany Thoelke, determined to speak out about her experience.
“The mission of changing the world has always been my goal,” Ms Thoelke told The Argus Leader.
“Did I expect to change the world this way? Absolutely not, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
In a post to Ms Thoelke’s Facebook page, she said the photoshoot had been confronting.
“This is not makeup, this is Brooke, my beautiful friend, a mother, a model, an all around amazing woman… with real bruises,” she wrote.
“80 per cent of the women who are abused, do not speak about it… and they do not leave.
“Brooke, days later, decided she was going to speak out and stand up, with courage and confidence.
“She was going to be the voice for the countless other women who didnt and dont have one.”
The images had been seen by nearly 300,000 just one day after they were posted.