"Incredibly moving and inspiring: Moving because of the depth of pain and loss that the survivors have endured at the hands of those who claimed to love them; and inspiring because these photographs show us how survivors can, and do, take back their own identity and their own stories, which too often have been eroded and taken from them by the abuse they have suffered. Part of the power of these photographs lies in the fact that the images are not of victims as we might have supposed, but, in the words of one of them, "strong, brave feisty survivors, changing the journey from victim to victor."
When a person leaves a violent or controlling relationship, they often lose their identity. I Am is a visual narrative reclaiming the face or body. They ask us to confront their gaze, pay attention to their trauma and survival, and note their resilience.
91% of domestic violence crimes that cause injuries are against women and 93% of perpetrators who abused women, are male. (figs. Women's Aid/SafeLives 2019). All of the people here have lived experience of intimate partner crime.Observer
More media at the end. Commissioned by SafeLives and SICK! Festival.
Selection of images.
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.
An article in the Observer
A short clip available to watch on the Royal Family YouTube channel
An article written for BBC News online
An article in the Telegraph
An article in the Independent
An article in the Standard
An article in Daily Mail
An article in Vanity Fair
An article in Woman & Home
An article in People magazine
Coverage by MSN
Manchester Evening News-numerous articles including:powerful portraits are going on display
'It's very empowering': Manchester gets royal visit as Camilla launches project aimed at tackling domestic abuse
She suffered domestic abuse in silence - now she is sharing her story across Manchester
An article in Manchester World
An article in News and Star
An article in Belfast Telegraph