I Am...when a person leaves a violent or controlling relationship they have often lost their core identity. I Am is an opportunity to transform, to witness a new identity emerging and a new journey begun. In partnership with SafeLives whose patron is the Duchess of Cornwall, these portraits, shot on film, will help to transform the narratives of domestic violence.


On-going project begun 2020. 


Backdrops by Laura Noble are oils on canvas entitled: Home; Darkness; Transformation. 2020.

  • Physical abuse.
  • Domestic violence or abuse.
  • Sexual abuse.
  • Psychological or emotional abuse.
  • Financial or material abuse.
  • Modern slavery, Honour based crime and FGM.

Participant's Writing.

SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Hayley 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Hayley 2

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Hayley 3

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Danielle 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Danielle 2

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Danielle 3

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Natalie 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Natalie 2

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Sandy 2

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Sandy 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Sophie 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Julie Vaughn 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Barbara 1

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Barbara 2

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Julie Dale 2

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SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait
SafeLives, Duchess of Cornwall, domestic violence, domestic abuse, portrait

Julie Dale 1

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The Femicide Census for 2018 shows 149 women killed, the highest number since census began. Only 6% of women were killed by a stranger. In the UK in 2018 were killed by a current or former partner, many after they had taken steps to leave. During the first three months of Covid-19 lockdown three times as many women were killed than in the same period last year, at least 5 a week. Many people and children were locked inside a home with an abusive partner. The pressure on refuges increases and the funding is cut. Participants

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