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Artwork in Solihull brings home horror of domestic violence

A DRAMATIC display of life-sized silhouettes produced by victims of domestic violence are on display at Solihull Library for the next four weeks.

A DRAMATIC display of life-sized silhouettes produced by victims of domestic violence are on display at Solihull Library for the next four weeks.

The artwork, produced with the help of community artists, reflects the women and childrens' experiences and the impact domestic violence has had on their lives.

The victims, who all received support from Birmingham & Solihull Womens Aid, have also documented the difference the charity had made to their lives.

Birmingham & Solihull Womens Aid CEO, Maureen Connolly, said: "Domestic violence silences women and children, they fear repercussions from the abuser and think that others wont believe them. Safe in refuge and beginning to rebuild their lives, these women and children wanted to tell us their stories, taking all of us on their journey as they re-find their voices."

Mark Rogers, chief executive of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, added: "Addressing and reducing domestic abuse is at the top of the priority list for the council and its partners. We recognise the importance of improving understanding and challenging attitudes around domestic abuse, and encouraging greater partnership working to help victims.

"We are alarmed at evidence of rising violence and abuse in teenage relationships and we need to bring teaching around healthy relationships into the heart of education."

 

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