NCDV Art Event

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NCDV Art Event

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On the 1. October the arts event was held with great success, with profiles such as Eastenders’ Nick Bailey present. The 10 paintings created by Adelaide Domoah were well received by the audience and the NCDV is very grateful for her contribution to raise awareness of Domestic Violence.

During the evening Adelaide read out a poem made by herself to illustrate the feelings and experiences that occur with Domestic Abuse.

 

Below are the 10 paintings shown at the art exhibition with a short description and details. All the paintings are for sale and some proceeds will go to the NCDV to support the charity for the important work we do.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any of the paintings contact John Murray Smith at john@jmsm.demon.co.uk for price and conditions.

On the 1. October the arts event was held with great success, with profiles such as Eastenders’ Nick Bailey present. The 10 paintings created by Adelaide Domoah were well received by the audience and the NCDV is very grateful for her contribution to raise awareness of Domestic Violence.

 

During the evening Adelaide read out a poem made by herself to illustrate the feelings and experiences that occur with Domestic Abuse. To read her poem click here

 

Below are the 10 paintings shown at the art exhibition with a short description and details. All the paintings are for sale and some proceeds will go to the NCDV to support the charity for the important work we do.
adelaide Painting 1 – Adelaide

This is the first painting of the series and it relates to a personal experience which Adelaide went through where her partner beat her up during a 24 hour period. Having experienced Domestic Abuse personally has been the driving force of this series.


matthewPainting 2 – Matthew

This painting was inspired from cases of emotional and verbal abuse. In some cases the verbal abuse is worse than physical abuse since wounds heal but emotional distress can be hard to get over.


ethelPainting 3 – Ethel

This was based on some of the many examples there are of elderly individuals who are being abused. This one example was of a mother who was living with her daughter. The daughter had a mental illness and whenever trouble arose, she would abuse her mother. One incident was by burning her with cigarettes.


davidPainting 4 – David

Everyone can be affected by Domestic Violence and this painting is showing a same sex couple. The inspiration came from a case where a man was abused over a period of 10 years and was blackmailed into not leaving or tell of the abuse. The abusive man would threaten to “out” the victim to his colleagues and rape his daughter. The painting has paper scattered across the background with writing, which gives an idea of the type of emotional abuse a person can go through in such a relationship.


gracePainting 5 – Grace

Adelaide spoke to a women who had experienced her father beating her mother as a child and it was explained that as a child she felt isolated and alone, having to take care of he siblings and not understanding the situation. The black background illustrates the isolation that was felt through her childhood. In this case the mother was beaten so repeatedly and viciously that she went blind. On the top of the painting is the sentence “Daddy kept hitting mommy, now mommy can’t see”.


peanutPainting 6 – Peanut

Adelaide found inspiration for this painting through a personal friend who was a victim of domestic violence. She was 3 months pregnant when her husband started to beat her. It has been shown that women are 50% more likely to experience Domestic Abuse under pregnancy and it was Adelaide’s wish to portray the view of the baby. This painting and story was also the inspiration to her poem which is written as the background of the painting.


bridgitPainting 7 – Bridget

This painting is strongly related to Peanut and focuses on the abuse of pregnant women.


nicolaPainting 8 – Nicola

This was the painting which was shown on the invitation to the event. On the painting are two individuals. In the background is a woman who has her lips stitched shut and the thread leading to her abusers mouth. In most abusive relationships the victim is stripped of all power and control and usually suffers in silence and this is what the painting portrays.


aishaPainting 9 – Aisha

A muslim friend of Adelaide told her of a passage in the Koran which some abusers were interpreting as an excuse for abusing their wives. The back of the painting has written interpretations of the section by different scholars. Adelaide felt very strongly that this controversial issue had to be discussed and brought forth.


sandraPainting 10 – Sandra

This painting was created on the base of emotional abuse within a same sex couple. In this abusive relationship the abuser had threatened to kill the victim in her sleep and therefore slept with her eyes open. On the top of the painting is the sentence “she said she might decide to kill me in my sleep. So now I just lie down with my eyes open”.

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By Fiona Bawden, Times Online (8th May 2007)

“Steve Connor, a student at City Law School, is a man on a mission. Six years ago he was a fairly directionless 27-year-old. Today, as well as taking the Bar Vocational Course, he is chairman of the National Centre for Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking organisation that he dragged into existence after a friend could not get legal help to protect her from an abusive partner.

Connor’s route to the Bar has been circuitous. In 2001 he returned from a year in Australia (he says that he would not dignify describing it as a gap year), and took a job as a process server in South London. The job (“I just saw it advertised in the paper”) was not quite as dull as it sounds. On one occasion he was threatened with a machete, on another, he was nearly stabbed by a man he had arranged to meet on Clapham Common to serve with a non-molestation order: “He’d seemed really friendly on the phone…”

The turning point in his life came when a friend, who was being abused by her partner, turned to him for support. Connor went with her to the police. She did not want to press criminal charges so the police suggested that she visit a solicitor to take out a civil injunction. “We must have seen 12 solicitors in a morning. We just went from one to the next to the next to the next. Everyone was very eager to help until we sat down to fill in the forms for the legal aid means test,” he says. The woman, who had a small child, did not qualify for public funding. But, Connor says, her financial situation as it appeared on paper did not bear any relation to her financial situation in reality. “She had a part-time job and she and her partner owned their home. Yet she didn’t have any money. Her boyfriend was very controlling and controlled all the money; he kept the chequebooks and didn’t let her have access to the bank account.”

The injustice of the situation got under Connor’s skin. “I just couldn’t believe that there was no help available to people who did not qualify for public funds but could not afford to pay.

I just kept feeling that this must be able to be sorted if only someone would address it.”That “someone” turned out to be him.

In 2002, thanks entirely to Connor’s doggedness, the London Centre for Domestic Violence was formed. It started out with him and a friend, but is now a national organisation, covering 27 counties, and has helped approximately 10,000 victims last year to take out injunctions against their partners.

NCDV now has nine full-time staff, 12 permanent volunteers and has trained over 5000 law and other students as McKenzie Friends to accompany unrepresented victims into court. We have also trained over 8000 police officers in civil remedies available regarding domestic violence. The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has branches in London, Guildford and Manchester and is on track to have branches in 16 areas within the next two years.

NCDV specialises exclusively in domestic violence work and could be characterised as a cross between McDonald’s and Claims Direct. The high degree of specialisation means that its processes are streamlined: clients can be seen quickly and the work is done speedily and cheaply. “Sometimes, we will have one of our trained McKenzie Friends at a court doing 10 applications in one day,” Connor says.

Clients are not charged for the service. NCDV staff take an initial statement: clients who qualify for legal aid are referred to a local firm; those that don’t get free help from the centre itself. It runs on a shoestring, heavily reliant on volunteers and capping staff salaries at £18,000 a year.

Steve expects to qualify as a barrister this summer and hopes that having a formal legal qualification will give the centre added clout. “We are already acknowledged as experts and consulted at a high level, so I thought it would be helpful if I could back that up by being able to say I’m a barrister,” he says. He is just about to complete a one-year full-time BVC course at the City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court Law School) and, all being well, should be called to the Bar in July. Although Connor sees his long-term future as a barrister, he says that he has no immediate plans to practise. “I want to get NCDV running on a fully national level. Then I may take a step back and have a career at the Bar.”