Abuse of women is always wrong.
Throughout history women have been kept silent and powerless. Contrary to popular belief and opinion, some still suffer in this way.
This story uses objects relating to institutional abuse to reflect state repression of women.
Punishment masks and scolds bridles were used legally. Suffrage objects reflect women’s struggle for equality in the law.
This story also offers us an insight into personal abuse through oral testimony. The testimony accompanies contemporary objects chosen by victims of violence.
These are real stories told by real people.