Earlier this year, the Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Forum and Safeguarding Adults Board launched a project inviting submissions. Many were sent in, both from Island residents and people living on the mainland, with the majority being from victims of domestic abuse.
On 25th November, the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls, the anthology and new awareness raising posters featuring lines from the poems will be launched. The evening will include a panel discussion with local experts on some of the themes raised in the anthology.
Isle of Wight Council domestic abuse coordinator, Fleur Gardiner, said:
“We were thrilled by the response to our request for poems and short prose. Domestic abuse is a hidden issue and these poems give voice to the silent majority of victims who never tell anyone about what they are suffering.
“We are grateful to the authors for sharing their work with us and we hope their words will raise awareness amongst the general public about the impact such abuse has on victims and their families. Hopefully it may encourage others to speak out and access support.”
Executive member responsible for public protection, Councillor Phil Jordan, added:
“Domestic abuse is a serious issue that affects many people on the Island, so raising awareness is a vital part of our work. This anthology is an excellent example of this.
“I look forward to the launch event and to seeing the anthology.”
Service users from the Island Women’s Refuge provided illustrations in the anthology and the internationally renowned author and editor, Celia Brayfield, edited the collection and will be attending the launch.