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Models needed to help change media representations of domestic abuse

Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance are looking for volunteer models to take part in an exciting creative photography project to improve media representation of domestic abuse.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who’s got in touch about our stock image project - we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the volume of people who are willing to help.

We are now looking specifically for older women who would be happy to model for us. One of our key aims for this project is to improve representation of women with experience of domestic abuse, and while we know older women experience domestic abuse it is very rare to see them represented.

If you are an older women who would be interested in taking part as a volunteer model then please get in touch with us. If you know an older woman who would be interested in this project the please share this with them.

Deadline: 6th August

When newspapers report on violence against women they use the same old pictures: a pretty, young, white woman with long hair and a bruised, black eye. For years we’ve known that domestic abuse is so much more than physical violence; these images don’t reflect women’s experiences.

We have a plan to fix this. We are working with survivors of domestic abuse, models and renowned photographer and storyteller Laura Dodsworth to tell women’s stories and create stock images for the media to use when they discuss domestic abuse.

We are looking for a diverse group of models to take part in a photoshoot in Edinburgh to create these images. Modelling or acting experience is a plus, but not essential. Diversity is vital to this project: we need women of all ages, shapes, ethnicities and appearances.

This is a unique opportunity to help change the way the media represent domestic abuse and to raise public consciousness ahead of the groundbreaking new Domestic Abuse Bill in Scotland.


  • The photoshoot will take place over 16th and 17th of August in central Edinburgh. You will need to be available for at least 5 hours.
  • Travel expenses and lunch will be provided for the day.
  • Final photos selected will be offered for use in your personal portfolio, credited to Laura Dodsworth.

Please contact lydia.house@zerotolerance.org.uk with your availability, location, contact details and a headshot of yourself attached. 

If you have any questions about the project please also feel free to get in touch by email.




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