When someone pictures domestic violence, they often think of the dramatic and immediate fear of spousal abuse. What they don’t consider is what happens after: the long road to recovery.

Flavia Carvalho has made it her mission to help women as they make their way back from horrific incidents of violence using the only tool at her disposal: Art.

And the results are absolutely gorgeous.

Warning: Some readers may find the following photos too graphic.

Brazilian tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho helps women overcome their violent pasts by transforming their scars into something beautiful. As part of her year-long project, “A Pele Da Flor” (Deeper Than Skin), Flavia is covering their scars with breathtaking tattoos.

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After someone attempted to murder this woman, she’s chosen to cover her scars with a gorgeous scene of flowers, birds, and butterflies.

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This woman’s scar is from a bullet put into her back by an ex-boyfriend. Now, she has beautiful flowers to replace it.

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After getting caught in a nightclub fire in 2013 and losing her boyfriend, this woman is transforming her burn scars into something new.

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This woman was shot in the knee by an ex-partner. Now, she has a triumphant owl to cover the scar.

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After being shot during her time living on the streets as an addict, this woman chose to cover the scar with a tattoo of a phoenix to reflect her transformation into a new life.

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This woman was stabbed by her boyfriend during an argument, and while she was in the hospital for the wounds, he died from an overdose. A bright scene now covers the scars.

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After this woman refused to kiss a man who approached her at a nightclub, he stabbed her in the stomach. Now, the scars have been transformed into beautiful flowers and a flying bird.

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Flavia’s tattoos are such a beautiful reminder of the hope we can give to one another in times of need. Be sure to visit her Facebook page to see more of her amazing work.

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