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Lichfield Cathedral to host exhibition featuring artwork from victims of domestic and sexual abuse

A new exhibition that aims to raise awareness of domestic and sexual abuse will be held at Lichfield Cathedral.

Developed by the Pathway Project, the The Silhouette Project will see life-sized silhouettes representing the different emotions women experience.

Some of the pieces featuring in The Silhouette Project at Lichfield Cathedral

Some of the pieces featuring in The Silhouette Project at Lichfield Cathedral

Real life stories from victims and survivors will be presented alongside the artworks they have created.

One of the women who took part said: “The Silhouette Project has been an artistic journey on how we have been affected and have survived and become empowered by the Pathway Project.

“Being scared every day because of domestic abuse is horrific. I didn’t know if I would survive. I was drugged and subjected to many forms of abuse.

“I really enjoyed the Silhouette Project – It helped me to tell my story and get my voice heard.”

The Pathway Project is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has recently been awarded £550,000 from The Big Lottery Fund to help develop the service it offers.

CEO Kathy Coe said: “Domestic abuse affects one in four women and each week two women are killed as a result of domestic abuse.

“It is truly inspirational to see the courage and strength shown by these women who have faced loss and tragedy. For us as an organisation, it’s great to see how these women have come through the other side and have a new found self-belief. For some that journey still continues.”

The exhibition will run from November 14 to 25 at Lichfield Cathedral.

Cllr Helen Fisher, Cabinet member for tourism and communications at Lichfield District Council, said: “Each silhouette tells a personal story and shines a spotlight on domestic and sexual abuse. It is also an uplifting exhibition that responds to Pathway’s help in escaping this abuse.

“Well done to everyone who has put it together and to Pathway on their 25th anniversary.”

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