We See You

Refuge | 2024

Refuge are collaborating with the People’s Picture to create a project where survivors’ stories can be seen, heard and believed. We are seeking to create an environment that empowers women to creatively express and share their stories – be it domestic abuse, harassment, or misogyny and to celebrate the strength and bravery of every one woman who does.

This project is open to all and has no cost – so please spread the word and support women survivors and allies. Whether you are a survivor, someone who supported them or an ally your contribution will make a difference – be part of the story and the bigger picture. Send us your selfies and stories today using the form below; use your phone to make your image special. Get creative, pick a filter or pick up a pencil to make that selfie special, whether it be a close up of your best feature, such as your eye or how you want the world to see your face.

You may feel safer to submit an image which is not identifiable as yourself, please feel free to submit something from your imagination using technology on your phone! Whether your submission is a close up of your best feature; an Avatar or AI generated image or a sketch, we’d love to see them! We have left some tips and examples in the gallery below.

Ultimately, we are celebrating every woman that has survived and all those who have helped her to thrive. So, whether you are a survivor yourself or an ally – your support and contribution can make a difference to women experiencing abuse.

We see you, we believe you, we support you.

Refuge are collaborating with the People’s Picture to create a project where survivors’ stories can be seen, heard and believed. We are seeking to create an environment that empowers women to creatively express and share their stories – be it domestic abuse, harassment, or misogyny and to celebrate the strength and bravery of every one woman who does.

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This project is open to all and has no cost – so please spread the word and support women survivors and allies. Whether you are a survivor, someone who supported them or an ally your contribution will make a difference – be part of the story and the bigger picture. Send us your selfies and stories today using the form below; use your phone to make your image special. Get creative, pick a filter or pick up a pencil to make that selfie special, whether it be a close up of your best feature, such as your eye or how you want the world to see your face.

You may feel safer to submit an image which is not identifiable as yourself, please feel free to submit something from your imagination using technology on your phone! Whether your submission is a close up of your best feature; an Avatar or AI generated image or a sketch, we’d love to see them! We have left some tips and examples in the gallery below.

Ultimately, we are celebrating every woman that has survived and all those who have helped her to thrive. So, whether you are a survivor yourself or an ally – your support and contribution can make a difference to women experiencing abuse.

We see you, we believe you, we support you.

Submit Now!

  • Take a selfie, or a close up, get creative as making your self-portrait. Then tell us your story.
  • If you are here to support survivors, what do you hope for?
  • Tell us why you want to take part and why it matters?
  • Has someone been key to your support? Or are they now?
  • How have you supported a woman who was living with domestic abuse?
  • If you don’t want to be recognised or feel shy follow some of our creative tips below!

Instructions

  • Your submission may be selected to be part of a public artwork, to promote this project online and in social media.
  • We will not contact you in any way unless you opt in on the form so that you can submit safely.
  • The selfie created must be of you and you confirm you are over 18 years old.
  • Your safety is our primary concern. Please consider your wellbeing, this project should be a positive experience, we don’t want it to cause you distress so don’t submit if it may put you or anyone at risk.
  • Please do not use any real names or places, you can substitute.
  • We take your privacy seriously, all images are moderated by a member of our team and we may edit your story before it becomes public. Please read our privacy policy.
  • If you want to revoke the use of your image or story you must email us at support@thepeoplespicture.com or supportercare@refuge.org.uk
Instructions
  • Take a selfie, or a close up, get creative as making your self-portrait. Then tell us your story.
  • If you are here to support survivors, what do you hope for?
  • Tell us why you want to take part and why it matters?
  • Has someone been key to your support? Or are they now?
  • Have you supported a woman who was living with domestic abuse?
  • If you don’t want to be recognised or feel shy follow some of our creative tips below!
  • We will not contact you in any way unless you opt in on the form so that you can submit safely.
  • Your submission may be selected to be displayed as part of a public artwork, to promote this project and be displayed online and social media.
  • The selfie created must be of you and you confirm you are over 18 years old.
  • Your safety is our primary concern. Please don’t share your image or story if it may put you or anyone at risk.
  • Please do not provide full names or easily identifiable people and places.
  • We take your privacy seriously, all images are moderated by a member of our team and we may edit your story before it becomes public. Please read our privacy policy.
  • If you want to revoke the use of your image or story you must email us at support@thepeoplespicture.com or supportercare@refuge.org.uk

Submissions Gallery


Illustrative Gallery

Get creative, find your inner artist, pick a filter or pick up a pencil to make that selfie special, whether it be a close up of your best feature, such as your eye.

You may feel safer to submit an image which is not identifiable as yourself, please feel free to submit something from your imagination using technology on your phone! Whether your submission is a close up of your best feature; an Avatar or AI generated image or a sketch, we’d love to see them! We have left some tips and examples in the gallery below.

You can get inspired and generate a creative selfie representing yourself and your feelings/emotions. You can use your phone’s built-in filters, you can download a selfie-generator app, or generate one with AI online.

See some top tips about the best 15 selfie generators.

Supporting Survivor Stories

Our final artwork will be for survivors and their stories. First and foremost, it is to make sure that all survivors of domestic abuse or women who have been victim to any form of VAWG (violence against women and girls) are seen, heard and believed. The work is also to honour the individuals who have helped survivors to feel seen: key workers, helpline workers, volunteers, services staff, family, friends, even that person who asked are you OK. The mural is open to all – for everyone who supports an end to VAWG and wants to pledge their support to survivors of domestic abuse.

Testimonial & Quotes

“My refuge workers are my superheroes. They are my safeguards angels. Without them, I never would be who I am today. Now I am confident, happy. I know I can stay on my own with my boys.”  

Domestic abuse survivor

“Our eyes and our vision are a direct pathway to our hearts. From my own personal experience this project is close to my heart, and what we see in this world we carry in our hearts. I hope this project is a visual refuge and a chance to tell your story without judgement or fear.”

Helen Marshall, Artist and Founder, the People’s Picture

of women and children supported by Refuge on any given day

Every 30 secs the police receive a call for help relating to domestic abuse

1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime

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If you need support, here are some services that can help. Please pass them along to anyone who might need them:

Read more on how to spot the signs of abuse.

It was in Chiswick, West London. Women and children escaping domestic abuse flocked to our doors because, for the first time, someone was saying it was wrong to beat your partner. Back then, domestic abuse was seen as a “private matter”, to be dealt with behind closed doors. Society turned a blind eye.

Since 1971, Refuge has led the campaign against domestic abuse. We’ve grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic and gender-based violence services.

On any given day our services support thousands of survivors, helping them to overcome the physical, emotional, financial and logistical impacts of abuse and rebuild their lives — free from fear.

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