The Violence Against Women And Girls (VAWG) mural along Ipswich Waterfront forms part of the Ipswich Safer Streets 4 project. This was funded by a Home Office Neighbourhood Crime Unit grant delivered between August 2022 and March 2023.
Whilst the Mural aims to be educational and thought provoking in itself, below are contacts for further help and advice if required:
If you or someone you care about needs dedicated help and support, the following organisations are also available:
Anglia Care Trust
Telephone: 0800 977 5690 / 01473 622888
Facebook: Anglia Care Trust | Facebook
Anglia Care Trust (ACT) deliver the Suffolk Domestic Abuse free & confidential helpline 24/7.
Telephone: 07770 468698
Help to those who have experienced domestic abuse.
Telephone: 01473 353355
A therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years of age who have reported sexual abuse, offering support to families.
Forced Marriage guidance
Telephone: 020 7008 0151
Protects, advises and supports victims of forced marriage, offering information and guidance from professionals.
Telephone: 0845 607 0133
Supports victims of forced or child marriage and violence upon women thought to have brought dishonour on their family.
Karma Nirvana Honour Network
Telephone: 0800 5999 247
National Honour Based Abuse victim and survivor support.
Telephone: 0300 561 0077
Support help to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.
Lighthouse Women’s Aid
Tel: 01473 228270
Supports women, young people and children who are experiencing domestic abuse.
Support for male victims of domestic abuse.
Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care
Telephone: 0300 303 3706
Help for victims and those who witness crime.
Telephone: 01473 231566 / 01473 760966
Psycho-social support services for underprivileged women and children.
Telephone: 0808 8024040
Work with domestic abuse perpetrators, male victims and young people who use violence and abuse.
Support for the people who care for survivors of sexual or violent crime.
Telephone: 020 7593 1850
Campaigns for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere to be free enabling all lives to be lived to the full.
Suffolk County Council
Advise and links to organisation supporting victims of Domestic Abuse.
Suffolk Rape Crisis
Telephone: 01473 231200
Twitter : @suffolk_rc
Run for women by women providing free, confidential support to women and girls aged 14+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.
Survivors in transition
Support for men and women (18+) who experienced sexual abuse in childhood.
Telephone: 0300 123 5058
Support for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
Guidance and advice on how to intervene safely if you see VAWG crimes being committed can be found at Help stop it | ENOUGH
General advice is to...
And remember, if you are out and about and don’t feel safe, ‘Ask For Angela’ support may be available.
The Ipswich VAWG mural was created through the Safer Streets 4 project to provide a lasting public legacy that spreads positive messages, challenges attitudes and behaviours. The mural aims to educate and creates a discussion point around Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) awareness, to helping to encourage reporting and reduce instances of this type of violence.
Behavioural attitudes, especially towards women, are changing but this is a slow process requiring sustained action by the whole community. ‘If society educates and challenges inappropriate attitudes we can collectively lead change.’
Whilst focussed on VAWG, this project promotes the safety of everyone, regardless of gender for residents and visitors to the Ipswich area.
This Safer Streets Mural was delivered by Art Eat Events CIC who led workshops with three community groups to gain the voice, thoughts, feelings and direction from community members including those affected by VAWG. Input to the content and design was provided through Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Suffolk Rape Crisis and Volunteering Matters.
Art Eat Events CIC is an arts organisation that develops and produces creative projects that focus on community, participation, learning and place-making. Projects take the form of murals, community arts activities, art workshops and events. Art Eat encourages connection through relationship building and working closely with local communities to create exciting and relevant projects that have a meaningful impact for the people and places involved. Art Eat works across East Anglia with a wealth of talented artists from around the UK as well as artists local to Suffolk for clients including charities, local authorities, museums, arts organisations and private businesses.
For this project Art Eat commissioned the artist Catalina Carvajal, a Colombian visual artist and book illustrator based in Ipswich who also delivers art workshops and co-creates public art with local communities and organisations right across Suffolk. Catalina is particularly interested in public art and its positive impact on the local surroundings. She has experience working with communities from all backgrounds and is passionate about integration, diversity, heritage and identity.
For further information about Arts Eat Events visit www.arteatevents.com or follow the group on social media @arteatevents