Today we release the Women’s Aid collectable card by Phil Ropy featuring a picture by UK photographer, Rankin, from our 2007 campaign “What’s it going to take?”.
With reports of abuse continuing to rise with recent government lockdown restrictions, we are pleased to share this card to open up a new, digital way to raise awareness of domestic abuse during 16 Days. Although Covid-19 does not cause domestic abuse – only abusers are responsible for their actions – the pandemic can escalate existing abuse and close down routes to safety for women to escape.
On this card is the brilliant actress Anne-Marie Duff, known for her work in Shameless and as Queen Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen, both earning her BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. Most recently, Anne-Marie has been on our screens as Erin Wiley in the hugely successful Netflix show, Sex Education. Although the card features visible bruising, domestic abuse is more than bruises and takes many forms, including controlling, coercive, and violent behaviour which have long last lasting effects on survivors.