When a person leaves a violent or controlling relationship they have often lost their identity. I Am is a visual narrative reclaiming the face or body. They ask us to confront their gaze, to pay attention to their trauma and survival, to note their resilience.

 91% of domestic violence crimes that cause injuries are against women and 93% of perpetrators who abused women survivors are male. (figs. Women's Aid/SafeLives 2019). All of the people here have lived experience of intimate partner crime.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

BJP 365 Winner 2021 Abuse in the home and church.

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 Chief Inspector Sharon Baker Winner Edition 365 2023.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

We are all transforming. It is part of life.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

 After trauma we may heal and grow.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

I have an M.A.  I am a proud black woman, mother, sister, friend.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

 I look angry here, I am angry.

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He waited until he was 80 to speak about his childhood

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

Having a successful acting career does not protect a woman

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With his boots and fists he broke my back.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

Photograph this scar here on my neck.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

 I want to be around others like me that understand the codes of domestic abuse and racial trauma.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

Transgender people experience intimate partner abuse

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

 A long unhappy marriage, her charity just won a national award. 

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The next morning when I got up for school there was blood all over the living room.

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His father murdered his mother and sister.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

 It's my choice now

what colour I paint, what clothes I want to wear

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Life changing injuries, she became a reiki master to heal others.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

It is my belief we can all heal from our past.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

I think often as women we are taught and told not to be angry.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

Runs a charity for survivors of domestic abuse.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

It didn’t escalate until I fell pregnant at 18.

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Holocaust survivor and psychotherapist. 40 year sentence of abuse in marriage. 

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Physiotherapist. Now living abroad.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

I am on a journey to loving myself again

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

My wheelchair can make me a target for certain men.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

We talked about reframing the gaze and how portraiture isn't just about being looked at – it's about looking right back.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

 My baby kept me going through some very difficult years.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

She is highly educated.

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I've kept the battle hidden put on a brave face, put on my mask so no one would know.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

Motivational speaker for abuse and a survivor.

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I Am, portraits, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, SafeLives, SICK! Festival, the Duchess of Cornwall

Cancer nurse.

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A harrowing story about a daughter. 

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46 portraits...and the 7 people who had to withdraw for personal safety

...and those who are in hiding with witness protection who shared a story, but could not have a portrait taken.

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