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— One thousand words

Photography - One Thousand Words is a bold campaign depicting domestic abuse and coercive control in a realistic way.

One thousand words

Photography, Campaign, Editorial

One Thousand Words is a bold campaign depicting domestic abuse and coercive control in a realistic way.

 
 Image from One thousand words by Laura Dodsworth depicting domestic abuse
 

I interviewed four survivors of domestic abuse and their testimony uniquely shaped every aspect of the art direction.

Commissioned by Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance, to realistically depict domestic abuse and coercive control and go beyond the cliched images of a black eye and a fist. 

What made this very different to previous domestic abuse campaigns is that I interviewed four women to learn how domestic abuse and coercive control look and feel. Their testimony uniquely shaped every aspect of the art direction and their powerful and moving stories will be presented alongside the images in exhibition. In essence, they are art directors of these photographs. Models of different ages and ethnicities were selected to represent the reality that a woman from any walk of life can experience abuse. The images created for stock photography are now used widely in the UK media and in government literature.

Please could news outlets interested in images to use when reporting on domestic abuse and violence against women contact Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance. The One Thousand Words images are free to use with a copyright notice.

 
 
When we first set out to create one thousand words we knew it would not be an easy task, but still there were challenges we did not anticipate. Laura worked creatively, flexibly and innovatively throughout the process to capture the stories from victim-survivors of domestic abuse and turn these into incredible photographs that have resulted in a successful campaign to challenge and change media representations of domestic abuse. Depicting domestic abuse without showing physical violence requires a huge amount of skill, which Laura demonstrated beautifully. We are thrilled with one thousand words and its success.
— Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance