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Women photographed an image that was reflective of their lived experience of domestic abuse, and then wrote a short piece about why this image was meaningful to them. This approach allowed survivors – a group which is often silent – and silenced – in public discussions about domestic abuse, to communicate directly with their audience.

When asked what she would like the general public to see when viewing her photo, one survivor stated:

Not to excuse or minimise domestic abuse. To realise it can happen to anyone and there are a million reasons why she stays, but none of them make it her fault. Also, to trust your gut, and get help if you spend more of your relationship questioning yourself or you partner’s behaviour and wondering how you got here and what is happening. Get support; there is lots out there when you need it.

When asked what she would like staff from statutory bodies (e.g., PSNI, Courts, Housing Executive, Social Services, GPs, etc.) to see, she said:

That crimes considered as domestic are still crimes. And the victim and their experience should be at the centre of everything they do!
A victim of domestic abuse will be every bit as traumatised as the victim of a stranger’s attack. These victims also deserve your shock, anger, and sympathy, and your best efforts to do your job to the best of your ability with kindness, respect, and diligence.

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