The Portrait Project
The objective is to inspire hope in the lives of individuals and raise awareness on the issues of domestic and emotional abuse one photo at a time.
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“There are some experiences in life that you never think you’ll ever have. I have participated in The Portrait Project as a survivor of abuse because I believe awareness of domestic and emotional abuse needs to be a priority. You are not alone and we are here for one another.”
“Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high, after all I’ve been through. I said ‘because no matter what, I am a survivor, not a victim.’ Have courage, have faith, believe in yourself and stay strong because lovedoesnthurt.
“Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background etc. Emotional abuse can impact on a persons confidence and self-esteem. The abusers behaviour can be controlling and violent, but there is support available. This does not have to be your reality – we are all here for you.”
“After twenty years and many attempts to leave, I finally did it. I promise you, love is not supposed to hurt. After I left, I found recovery in writing a novel… I’m even now working on book number two! I hope my novel will inspire change for women to reach out and look for the support that is there.”
“When someone says “you’ve changed” it simply means you’re stopped living your life their way.
“He’d dissolved my sense of self-worth so much that by the time I realised it was abuse, I was too scared to leave. My child gave me hope to live free, and without fear. I did it for him.
“As a domestic violence survivor I want to take a stand and show women everywhere that they are worth so much more than what you’re going through and that it’s hard, and it’s scary but you can get out and be safe and live the life you wish.”
“Your life is yours and so are your decisions. It maybe hard to come to terms with the fact that the person you love is hurting you, but know that it gets better when you are away from them. Don’t feel it’s your fault because love never ever hurts. You are not alone and you never will be.”
“After ten years, I finally found my worth and spoke up.”
“Never be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.”
“But I had a choice to live life or to just exist. With the help of my church I chose to live life instead. I took courage and I reached out for help. Today my motto is live, love, laugh and learn. You too can live life fully, you can start to love yourself and share your love with others, you can learn from your mistakes and from other people’s journey to recovery and you can laugh again. So, take courage and reach out. Save yourself from that thick darkness. There is help readily available for you”.
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I REFUSE to be reduced by it!”
“No one has the right to make you feel: guilty, trapped, scared, helpless alone, ugly, unloved and worthless”.
“It cannot be love if it hurts: find the inner strength in you there is help out there for you ‘true’ love will eventually find you”.