Art helps families emerge from the pain of family violence
1 June 2016
An exhibition featuring works by women and children who have experienced family violence will help mark the 40th anniversary of Emerge support services.
Through My Eyes: Survival, Strength and Hope features works created during art therapy sessions to help women and children look to the future with hope of freedom from domestic violence.
Domestic violence has devastating short and long term effects on children from infancy through to adulthood.
The Art Therapy program provided by Emerge is an evidence-based intervention assisting children as young as three to heal from traumatic experiences. The positive outcomes for children include increased health, well-being and development which have far-reaching effects on family, school community, and society.
Through this exhibition Emerge hopes to raise awareness in the community and highlight the impacts of domestic violence by sharing personal journeys that engage with the community to keep women and children safe.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Victorian Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson and Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley on Thursday 2 June, 5–7pm and is on show until 28 June at G2, Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin.
Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network has been providing crisis and prevention services for women and children experiencing domestic violence for 40 years. Emerge offers a diverse range of accommodation and support services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
This projected has been assisted by Kingston Arts 2015/16 Arts Grant Program