Jones Myers is partnering with Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) to host an art installation highlighting domestic abuse against women.
The exhibition will be held at Jones Myers’s office at Windsor House in Harrogate on 30 November, from 11am to 5pm. Entry will be free of charge.
The display at Jones Myers, entitled In Her Shoes, will mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It will feature 100 pairs of shoes to represent the many women who are killed every year in the UK by their current or ex-partners.
Created by visual artist Mim Robson, it will also feature a poem by York poet Hannah Davies, which has been inspired by the words of domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors.
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.
Founder of Jones Myers, Peter Jones, 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.”
Merritt added: “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.”
Jones Myers will host the exhibition before it is then displayed across a series of towns in Yorkshire.