From every wound, there’s a lasting scar that tells a story. On average, Lake Illawarra police officers respond to 12 domestic violence incidents every day.
Domestic violence is real, and the path is often one a victim treads for the rest of their life. For the last couple of years, I’ve been collaborating with the Illawarra Women’s Centre by photographing victims of domestic violence. I wanted to do something positive and powerful, to make these women heard and their experiences better understood.
Hopefully, the women’s centre will get the necessary funds to establish the one-stop trauma recovery centre the victims so desperately need by showing the real face of domestic violence. It would be a free ‘one-stop wrap-around service’ that would address the complex health, legal and related needs of women recovering from domestic violence.
This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.
After completing a Diploma in Fine Art in 1994, I began working at the Illawarra Mercury as a Press Photographer. There I covered local news and sport for an international assignment in the Solomon Islands. As a regional photojournalist being versatile is essential: from dramatic weather occurrences to the extremes of human emotions to shooting with compassion, care and courage. Capturing these moments inspires and excites me every day. In recent years, I’ve has been shooting underwater portraits, and I’m now addicted. I have been a finalist in many awards, and accolades include five Walkleys and two PANPA’s.
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