CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
TOP THREE WINNERS

of the Faces Of Violence Shalom Bayit Songwriting Competition
sponsored by Jewish Community Services of South Florida

Get Pretty - Anthony Salari (NV)
www.myspace.com/julyremedy


Walk Away - Mindy Simmons (co-writer James Hawkins) (FL)
www.mindysimmons.com

No More Fear - Mary Huddleston (co-writer Michael Waxman) (FL)
www.maryhuddleston.com

 

SEVEN FINALISTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Break Away - Nadirah Shakoor (GA)
www.myspace.com/ReeferetteNadirah

I Have To Leave - Morgan McMicken (WV)
www.myspace.com/morganelizabeth91

Lessons Learned - Jana Mashonee (CT)
www.janamashonee.com

More Than Sorry - Straw Dogs (WA)
www.strawdogs.com

State Line -Ann Marita (CA)
www.annmarita.com

What Do They Know? - Colleen McFarland (TN)
www.colleenmcfarland.com

What Happens Now? - Brenna Gibson Redpath (CA)
www.BrennaGibsonRedpath.com


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INTRODUCIING
"You’re Not Better Than Me"
winner of the National Coalition Aganst Domestic Violence (NCADV)
2008 “Breaking The Silence in Song” Theme Song Competition,
written and performed by award winning singer, songwriter and activist
Ellen Bukstel
This powerful and haunting music is the backdrop to a beautifully choreographed
black and white photo study representing women and children
who are victims of domestic violence

CLICK BELOW FOR MORE ABOUT ELLEN AND HER MUSIC:
www.ellenbukstel.com

FACES OF VIOLENCE...
Helps Raise Money!



Faces Of Violence, to-date, has helped raise nearly One Million Dollars
for Domestic Violence outreach and education. This powerful video
demonstrates how the universal language of music and art can increase awareness, compassion and generous giving.

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Watch This Live Performance By
Ellen Bukstel
July 22, 2008 in Washington, DC at the NCADV 30th Anniversary Celebration



FACES OF VIOLENCE...
Creates Awareness, Promotes Dialogue And Healing,
And Is An Excellent Visceral Training Tool For:

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• Conferences, Board Meetings & Fund Raising Events
• Domestic Abuse Victim Healing Programs
• Domestic Violence Outreach and Support Organizations
• Hospitals, Clinics, Safe Houses and Emergency Service Settings
• Anger Management and Parenting Classes
• Victim Healing Programs
• Batterers Intervention Programs
• Family Counseling and Therapy Sessions
• Social Science Programs
• Public Places as Streaming Media
• Mediator, Arbitrator and Conflict Management Organizations
• Law Enforcement Academies and Training Programs
• Continuing Education Classes for Social Service Providers
• Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
• Theatre and Arts Programs

BUY

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You're Not Better Than Me
©2005 words and music by Ellen Bukstel

She woke up her little boy In the middle of the night
Battered and afraid she wouldn’t survive another fight
Her husband said I’m sorry as his hand held the knife
She swore it’s the last time he threaten her life

She said..You’re not better than me
Why did it take me so long to see

Her favorite photograph torn and scattered on the floor
Smiling faces trying to hide their private war
She packed a bag to leave and find a safer place to go
On the kitchen table she left him a note

It said..You’re not better than me
Why did it take me so long to see

She learned to cry without making a sound
Pretending to be happy when her little boys around
But he can see the pain his daddy left behind
The kind that won’t fade from her body and her mind

Hands are not for hurting,
She teaches her son
She says...when you grow into a man,
Don’t hurt the ones you love

She tried to take her little boy far away from home
Violence is all they had known
Her son he said I’m sorry as his hand held the gun
He swore it’s the last time his momma will have to run

He said..You’re not better than me
Why did it take me so long to see
I‘m not a victim, I have dignity
You’re not better than me
You’re not better than me
You’re not better than me



 

 

© 2008 Ellen Bukstel / All Rights Reserved