Sexualised images of the victim-survivor dehumanise them and can be upsetting for them, friends, family members, and other victim-survivors of violence.
Stock images of beaten and bruised women are an inaccurate depiction of domestic abuse and other forms of violence and abuse. They reinforce outdated myths that domestic abuse is only physical.
Stock images of white, able bodied, young women reinforce myths that violence doesn’t affect older women, BME women, or disabled women. When in fact violence can affect any woman, anywhere.
We have a bank of free to use, ethical, diverse and impactful stock images, created in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid, that illustrate domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women.
Download 'one thousand words' here.
We know that when they are used, they have a real impact.
After we launched 'one thousand words’ a woman sought support for the first time from Scottish Women’s Aid after living with an emotionally abusive partner for many years. When asked, ‘why now’, she said that her friend had seen the pictures on Facebook and said: ‘that woman looks just like you’.
The opportunity for a victim-survivor to recognise themselves in a story is a crucial way that they can identify that what they are enduring is abuse and be encouraged to seek help.