Window art aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse

Artists with their white ribbon art that will form a trail through Norwich, raising awareness of dom

Artists with their white ribbon art that will form a trail through Norwich, raising awareness of domestic abuse. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A group of artists and businesses have joined forces to present a powerful city-wide exhibition of thought-provoking window art aiming to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

The white ribbon - a symbol for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which is on November 25 - has been adopted as a symbol against all domestic abuse regardless of gender.

And now artists have created 30 pieces of work inspired by the ribbon which will be displayed in Norwich shops and other venues from Monday.

The hope is this will highlight the issue of domestic abuse, with an extra focus on raising awareness among men, who are less likely to talk to anyone if they are experiencing abuse. Up to one in three women and one in five men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Artist Danny Keen has created artwork for the project. He said: 'It is hoped that this innovative scheme will shine a bright light on an all too often neglected issue.'


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Other artists involved include Alexandra Cassanova, Jocelyn Jacobson-Cole, Vince Laws, Jack McKenzie, Ann Nicholls, Su Nicholls, Danielle Read, Robert Rijkhoff, Sofia Salazar, David Shrenton, Heather Tamplin, Bruer Tidman, Yoshi and Philip Yorke.

Philip Browne, whose menswear shop will feature one of the displays, said: 'The reason I agreed to get involved with this project is because I don't know much about it and that is exactly the issue. It's a common problem but clearly one we don't talk about enough.'

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Chris Herries, Norwich City Council's cabinet member for safe, stronger neighbourhoods, said: 'We would like to thank all who have been so generous in giving up their time to help spread the message: There is help and support out there for you, whoever you are.'

The ribbons will be displayed at Benedicts, The Bookhive, Cookes, City Hall, County Hall, Croppers, Elements, The Forum, Frank's Bar, Grosvenor Fish Bar, North, Norwich Market, NML, Philip Browne, Pure Brides, Seven Wolves, Soundclash and Thorns. They will later be auctioned off to raise money for Leeway. For more about the charity, visit www.leewaysupport.org

Anybody suffering from domestic abuse can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.iwalkedaway.co.uk

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for police.

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