Harrogate and Leeds based family law specialist, Jones Myers, is partnering with IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) to host a unique art installation highlighting domestic abuse against women.
Marking the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the powerful and emotional display, ‘In Her Shoes’, features 100 pair of shoes which symbolically represent the 100 plus women who are killed every year in the UK by their current or ex-partners.
A tribute to all women affected by domestic abuse, the installation has been created by visual artist Mim Robson. It features a poem by York poet Hannah Davies which has been inspired by the words of domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors.
The display, which is free of charge to view, will be located at Windsor House, the Harrogate office of Jones Myers on Friday, from 11.30am-5pm.
The tribute has been organised by IDAS, the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire whose services include refuge accommodation, community-based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out-of-hours helpline.
Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers, said: “As a specialist family law firm we have witnessed over the years the devastating effects of domestic abuse on victims and are keen to support this poignant and thought-provoking display which highlights the traumatic impact of domestic abuse. We hope it will help to increase understanding and awareness of the issue.”
Rose Merritt, IDAS business development manager, said: “In Her Shoes is about raising awareness of the scale of domestic abuse by sharing the sad reality that 100 women die at the hand of their partner or ex-partner every year, a figure that is not decreasing.
“IDAS is very grateful to Hannah Davies, Mim Robson and our sponsors Jones Myers for supporting this moving tribute to the women who have lost their lives this year. We hope that seeing In Her Shoes will motivate people to find out more about how they can be part of a solution to end domestic violence.”
The art installation will be displayed across a series of towns across Yorkshire over the coming months.