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Stories from adult survivors of childhood abuse, shared through artworks they and others produced during therapy.


Beyond Words highlights the fact that sometimes victims of childhood abuse can find it easier to depict visually what they find impossible to put into words.

In this film three survivors reveal, through their art, how it helped to make the past visible, expose deeply buried secrets and communicate with themselves and their therapists.

Their stories are accompanied by their creative works and those of other victims that together form part of The Childhood Abuse Collection of the Cunningham Dax Collection, held at the Dax Centre.


The challenge in this film was to visually express the personal stories of the 3 women in the film through their art and other relevant artwork (both images and accompanying text), and give the viewer time to reflect on the power within these works.

The film was structured to be an educational resource for specialist audiences in the fields of allied health, medicine, psychology, social work, mental health nursing and the arts therapies.

It is accompanied by educational notes and expert commentary.

The Dax Centre for more information.

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