Photos: Dignity and renewed hope for domestic violence survivors

‘The Voice of Survivors Through Art’ b’xogħlijiet li saru min-nisa u tfal residenti fid-Dar Qalb ta’ Ġesù. Din id-dar hi second stage shelter ta’ Fondazzjoni Sebħ
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Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that it is a big investment in our society when a woman who was a victim of domestic violence finds herself in a safe environment where she rebuild herself and bring up her children.

Archbishop Scicluna delivered a speech at the inauguration of an art exhibition titled The Voice of Survivors Through Art in which women and children victims of domestic violence who are housed at Fondazzjoni Sebħ’s Dar Qalb ta’ Ġesù created.

Residents of the second stage shelter participated in a workshop led by art therapist Jeannette Fiott which culminated in an exhibition which will be on until 9pm on Sunday.

The exhibition was inaugurated on Friday at the Foyer of Mater Dei Hospital.

In his address, Archbishop Scicluna referred to various women mentioned in the Bible who had met Jesus. He explained that these women had a difficult past and present at the time when they met the Lord, however, Jesus gave them back their dignity.

Archbishop Scicluna thanked the authorities and staff for their work and for embracing the residents in an atmosphere filled with love and helping them to find their feet again.

He remarked that by choosing art as a therapy the residents are not only expressing their feelings, it is serving as a healing process. He added that behind the art which was on exhibition, not only the people are transmitting their emotions but also their hope.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna also thanked Fondazzjoni Sebħ for their work and for choosing to commemorate International Women’s Day in this way.

Fondazzjoni Sebħ director Yvonne Mallia and Parliamentary Secretary for Equality Rosianne Cutajar also addressed those present.

The idea originated as art lessons by qualified teachers, sponsored by YWCA, Fondazzjoni Sebħ explained. This further evolved into a more in-depth therapeutic work through the engagement of Ms Fiott who is an Art Psychotherapist.

“The paintings are expression of the deep emotions of the survivors, emotions which are hard to put in words,” the Foundation explained.