Kim Kardashian & Kendall Jenner Depicted In Shocking Domestic Violence Pictures [Photos]

To Alexsandro Palombo, grim statistics and anecdotal accounts are simply not compelling enough to convince people that violence against women is a pressing issue around the world. As such, the Italian artist recently embarked upon a controversial new online campaign aimed at raising awareness regarding victimization and intimate partner violence. As noted by celebrity news and gossip outlet TMZ, Palombo has modified once glamorous photos of the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Miley Cyrus, and other female stars to show what they might look like after brutal beatings.

Palombo’s pictures bear the slogan, “Life can be a fairytale if you break the silence.” Across the bottom of the images is the cautionary advisory, “No woman is immune from domestic abuse,” along with the hashtag #StopViolenceAgainstWomen.

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Kim Kardashian recently underwent a procedure to change the position of her baby boy in the womb, moving him from breech to a "head down" posturing. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The images, disseminated far and wide by Alexsandro Palombo and others via social media platforms, are quite disturbing. To those who have experienced abuse and domestic violence firsthand, the doctored photos could prove particularly troubling.

Hollywood Life has posted a complete archive of the images attributed to Palombo, including adulterated photos of Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson. The artist also posted a gallery of the photos on his Facebook page, juxtaposed with pictures of female cartoon violence who were ostensibly beaten by their respective partners. Included in the collection of cartoon female protagonists are Lois Griffin, Marge Simpson, and a number of Disney princesses. He also posted the above-noted images via Twitter.

In comments published by Hollywood Life, Palombo explained and defended use of harrowing imagery to shed light on the burgeoning problem of intimate partner violence.

“The biggest accomplice of violence in the silence,” Alexsandro Palombo advised. “A silence which every year kills or causes disability more than diseases or accidents. Domestic violence is a cancer that knows no boundaries nor social status, it can affect anyone, whether you’re an ordinary person or a celebrity. To defeat him you need to use the antidote of culture by educating and raising awareness on respect and equality. Each of us has to do their part to help increase awareness and to change things by any means.”

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20 year-old Kendall Jenner, the daughter of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner, attends the 2015 American Music Awards on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Indeed, the prevalence of intimate partner abuse – commonly referred to as domestic violence – is a widespread and far-reaching issue. Citing a report by the Center for Disease Control, Colorado-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence notes that one in three American women have been victims of some form of physical violence by their partners at some point during their lives. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and women between the ages of 18 to 24 are at the highest risk with regard to such victimization.

While Alexsandro Palombo’s vision contrasts the concepts of glamour and privilege with the harsh realities of abuse and victimization, it is worth noting that intimate partner violence already transcends artificial constructs like social status even without employing artistic license and tactical hyperbole. Madame Noire notes that platinum-selling recording artist Rihanna and actresses Halle Berry and Pamela Anderson are but a few female celebrities who have publicly acknowledged their past relationships with abusive partners. Madonna, who is one of the women featured in Palombo’s newly released pictures, was herself the victim of abuse at the hands of her first husband, Sean Penn, during their four-year marriage.

According to TMZ, the Kardashian-Jenner camp did not authorize use of the models’ photos by Alexsandro Palombo. The website notes that while Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are sympathetic to the idea behind the campaign, they will nevertheless dispatch legal counsel to look into the matter and “issue a warning” regarding the unapproved use of their likenesses.

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