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A recently published book touches on topics being discussed today on the National Day of Remembrance.

Domestic violence is an issue across the world and on a day like National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it is a topic that can be brought up over and over again.

Tobi Nifesi, the media director at NextGen Worship Centre, brings up that very topic in his new book, Domestic. Born in Nigeria, he now resides in Winnipeg.

Released in late November, Domestic is a personal project for Nifesi, but he had a lot of support from his church.

"It's a fiction, a psychological thriller," Nifesi explains. "It deals with certain themes of domestic violence, mental health, and the bystander effect."

He says the book addresses these issues that people may not be as familiar with, or don't know what happens when someone is experiencing it.

"I think the book is more of an awareness book just to try to give you a piece of what people of domestic abuse are going through," Nifesi says.

The idea came to Nifesi back in 2013 and he has been working on it since. That included a lot of research and an entire draft copy that was scrapped. He is hoping that others will recognize the signs better after reading his book.

While he is a Christian, Nifesi said that it really is written for everyone.

"Christians will find new ways to express their faith [in these scenarios]," said Nifesi. "But anyone can read this book."

While Nifesi says he hasn't had to experience the themes in the book, he knows many family and friends who have been in these situations. He says they aren't sure what to do, and others around them have struggled to help without any type of resource.

"If you love reading and think this something that should be addressed, you should give it a try," Nifesi said.

You can purchase the book by going to his website.


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