ELMIRA, N.Y (WENY) – A new art exhibit geared to shine a light on domestic violence is being featured at the Community Arts of Elmira.

Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler counties along with Community Arts of Elmira have partnered together to present the "First step" exhibit. On Saturday the open reception took place from 5-7 p.m.

Through the exhibit, artists use expressive art of what non-physical violence might look like if it were physical violence.

Themes viewed in the artwork of “First Step” include aspects of emotional abuse such as mind games, threats and isolation.

“This was really important to me because a lot of people use art to work through their grief, sadness and victimization. This was a good way to show people what domestic violence could look like especially when it is the psychological effects that we can't see as easily as bruises,” said Kristine Morseman, Victim Service Supervisor for Catholic Charities.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.