#DontJudgeMe in partnership with the National Justice Museum

As part of the run up to IWD, BWP are running a joint project, “Don’t Judge Me” with the National Justice Museum, based at at Nottingham’s historic Shire Hall and County Gaol. The project’s aim is to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse & Violence and address the stigmas surrounding it, and to provide a platform for survivors to express themselves in the run up to IWD.

BWP & the NJM will host an exhibition later in 2021 to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse & Violence and address the stigmas surrounding it. We all can play our own role in supporting those affected by domestic abuse, ultimately with the end goal to end abuse.

This exhibition had been due to open February 2021 up to IWD, but has been delayed due to the National Lockdown.

Find out more about how this project came about from BWP Trustee Sarah Hartshorne and what can be gained in working in this unique way for a domestic abuse charity.

The NJM inspire people of all ages to become active citizens. They do this through fun and engaging activities, exhibitions and educational programmes relating to law and justice.

As part of the #DontJudgeMe project, the NJM and BWP have distributed a “Workshop in an Envelope” to hundreds of families – including instructions and craft items to make your own Worry Doll.

Find out more the NJM projects to support the community via their Twitter account – #MakeItYours.

One example of their continued support for the community during the Pandemic, is the Letters of Constraint project written during the first lockdown by the people of Nottingham.

NJM have continued to host online exhibitions over the last year. This was one such project: Washing, Dancing, Singing: Women Living and Working in Prison – including poignant photographs, on display for the first time, taken in several UK prisons from 140 years ago to the 1980s.

“Don’t Judge Me” – a book of creative expression

Survivors have written poetry and made artwork, to express their own experiences of domestic abuse and violence. BWP & the NJM will host an exhibition later in 2021 to continue to raise awareness and display these items in all their original glory!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our virtual exhibition.

View the book by clicking here.

Read more the Creative Writing included and see the poems individually by clicking here.

“Never underestimate the power of abuse”

This artwork was created by one of the BWP women. We cannot wait to show this piece to you in real life. It is extremely impactful.

It was created as part of the BWP project with the National Justice Museum to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the effect it has on those affected
and it will go on show in the museum when we host the exhibition there later in the year.

In the meantime, take a look at her house and all the messages that it contains. The creator has also included some hand written notes to explain the background to it.

Her name is Helen.

And her message is – “Never underestimate the power of abuse”.

“In Conversation with”

BWP hosted three ‘in conversation’ events, in which prominent guests discuss the work of BWP and the wider context of supporting women who are survivors of domestic abuse and violence.

BWP presents:

* Rachel Riggs & Emma Foody, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire

* Ellie Lewis and the BWP Outreach team

* BWP’s CEO Colette Byrne & founder member of the project, Andrea Lucy-Hirst. The two women discuss what the landscape was for domestic abuse support 20 years ago and how things have evolved to the present day. Focusing on not only how people’s attitudes and legislation in this area has changed, but all that BWP has achieved both past and present in such a changing environment.

Watch via YouTube.

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