A Life More Ordinary

14/01/2019

On the 14th January Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne launched a week-long photographic exhibition at the Jubilee Library, Brighton to celebrate locally funded victim support services.

The exhibition showcases six portraits of brave Sussex women who have regained their version of ‘A Life More Ordinary’, photographed in environments that they wouldn’t have been able to return to without the help of our local victim service providers.

For example, Norma suffered years of domestic abuse which left her completely lacking in self-confidence. She loved to sing and perform but had not been on stage for a long time. She accessed Action on Elder Abuse and her caseworker, Gail has been her ‘guardian angel’ through her journey of recovery.

Norma’s story, "The last time he hit me was the straw that broke the camel's back. Somebody told me about Action on Elder Abuse. Gail has been my rock, my guardian angel. He was always jealous of me singing. I've not got dressed up like this for two years. I used to love singing here. Being back is like coming home."

Mrs Bourne comments, “Victims of crime often do not feel they have the freedom or self-confidence to go back to their own normality after what has happened to them. They need help and support on that journey of recovery back to 'A Life More Ordinary' but often don't know where to find it.

“I commend these women who have come forward to share their stories, in the hopes that people will be encouraged to reach out for the help they need. They are a testament to the positive outcome of having specialist local support services in place and ensuring they are quality assured to give the best service possible.

“Sussex led the way in 2015 with the set up of an online directory of local support services, Safe: Space Sussex. This website makes it easier for victims of crime to find the help and support they need, regardless of whether they report to the police or not. I am using this week to raise awareness of this vital service: http://www.safespacesussex.org.uk/

“If you are in Brighton over the 14-20th January, please visit the Jubilee Library to read these women’s inspiring stories and pick up some information on Safe: Space Sussex.”

Notes for editors

All participants have signed a media waiver and are happy to take part in interviews, Poppy wishes to remain anonymous. I can share their full stories upon request .

For a picture from the launch night or any of the portraits from the exhibition, contact: natalie.mcfall@sussex-pcc.gov.uk

If you would like to interview any of the participants or come to the launch night on the 16th January and talk to all participants and service providers please email: Natalie.mcfall@sussex-pcc.gov.uk  

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