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The terrible crime that domestic violence is, it often leaves scars on the body of the victim – and it stays on as a mark of the abuse, a reminder of terrible times. However, it’s not just scars that are permanent, as Brazilian artist Flavia Carvalho has proven with her project called “A Pele da Flor” (The Skin of the Flower).

The two-year old project seeks to transform scars on women’s bodies into tattoos that are empowering and transformative. Flavia offers her services for scars that are a result of domestic violence or mastectomies. The objective of the project is for the tattoos to be instruments of empowerment to boost self-esteem.

Via Flavia Carvalho on Facebook, HuffingtonPost