“It's not just a tattoo.”

Dawn Maestas runs a tattoo removal business in Albuquerque, NM.

Women who have been tattooed with the names of abusive partners come to Dawn for help. Some of them were tattooed forcibly.

Dawn removes those tattoos for free, because she has lived through domestic violence herself.

She sat down for StoryCorps with one of her clients — who wanted to remain anonymous.

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During the interview, Dawn also spoke about her own experiences with domestic violence.

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Recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Music Info: Vladimir's Blues by Max Richter from the album The Blue Notebooks.

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Produced by Jasmyn Belcher
Facilitated by Chaela Herridge-Meyer
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