Donna Ferrato’s documentary work has appeared in nearly 500 exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide and is included in various permanent collections such as the International Center for Photography in New York City, the Corcoran in Washington D.C. and the Henry Buhl's Hands Collection. She first won acclaim for her landmark work on family violence.
Through exhibitions of her work and lectures across the globe, Ferrato has brought widespread attention to violence against women and girls. A proclamation from the City of New York announced October 30, 2008 "Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day" for her "continued service as an example of advocacy and activism and as a citizen that the city is proud to call one of its own." Ferrato has received numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography, the Kodak Crystal Eagle for Courage in Journalism, International Women in Media Courage in Journalism Award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the School of Journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia and Artist of the Year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ferrato sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the W. Eugene Smith Grant, and is the president and founder of Domestic Abuse Awareness, Inc.