Poetry from survivors of Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is a very real problem. There are over 1000 reports of domestic abuse to Surrey Police each month – 16% of their work. Nationally, 84 women and 30 men die annually in a domestic abuse related incident.
In Autumn 2012, Surrey County Council Libraries began working on a project with East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services and Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid to increase awareness of domestic abuse. The poet Wendy French facilitated two poetry writing sessions with survivors of domestic abuse to help healing through creativity: first with a group of women and then with young people.
This work, along with a poem by Wendy and other pieces of art and prose, was exhibited in Redhill Library during Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, October 2012. Thank you to Wendy French, East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services, Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid and all who contributed to the project.
For more information, see our webpage Domestic abuse – how libraries can help.