Artists stand up against abuse

By a County Press reporter

Friday, May 2, 2014


ART is to be used in the fight against domestic violence on the Isle of Wight.

Following the success of an exhibition last year, the Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Forum and Safeguarding Adults Board, have invited Islanders to submit poetry, prose and drawings to help raise awareness of domestic violence.

It will be considered for inclusion in a domestic abuse anthology which will be launched at an event this November to coincide with International Day to End Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day.

Isle of Wight Council domestic abuse co-ordinator and safeguarding adults board manager Fleur Gardiner said: "Feedback from previous events has been really positive; art is a very effective way of expressing the wide range of issues surrounding domestic abuse and can be a powerful way to break the silence that allows such abuse to continue in our community.

"Through art, survivors find a safe way to explore their feelings and share their voices. We hope this year’s campaign will help to raise awareness of the range of support available to people affected by abuse."

People can submit poems, short prose pieces (word limit: 300) or line drawings by email to or by post to Anthology, Safeguarding Adults Board, Jubilee Stores, The Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 2EH.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 30 June 2014.

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