Pain into Power

Towards Recognition of Abuse, Understanding, and Mutuality through Arts (T.R.A.U.M.A)

We’re excited to launch this new project, in collaboration with Traumascapes and SURE.

We’re calling for two artists and two researchers with lived experience of abuse to join our Arts Collective. Together we will create artworks and an arts-based card deck that can be used to facilitate discussion around abuse recognition.

The Collective will meet in London. An honorarium and expenses are provided. Click the button to download our information pack.

Closing date September 30th 2022

Who we are

Survivors Voices is a survivor-led organisation that harnesses the expertise of people affected by abuse in order to transform society‚Äôs response to trauma and abuse. We are ‘experts by experience’, survivors of all types of abuse, experienced as a child or as an adult, turning our pain into the power to create something good. Our vision is for a safer society with support for survivors that is survivor-sensitive, survivor-empowering and services that are trauma-aware and trauma-competent.

We carry out our vision by:

  • gathering survivors and allies to listen, share and understand
  • harnessing the expertise of survivors to identify what needs to improve and how to create lasting change
  • championing survivor involvement to co-create survivor-sensitive, trauma-competent practices

What we do

Peer Support

We run peer support groups and survivor-gatherings.

We have peer networks for survivor researchers, writers, therapists, the faith sector and other survivor activists. We are always open to survivor activists who wish to join us.


We research survivor experience of abuse, safeguarding, help-seeking and recovery. We develop tools to support good involvement of survivors in research and education, including our Survivor Charter, and Research Involvement Ladder. We can help you to engage well with survivors in your research project, and recruit participants and peer researchers.

Education and training

We educate about abuse and trauma-informed practice. We provide survivor-led training for practitioners, organisations and survivors. We can speak at your event or run training or workshops.


We run survivor-led projects to raise awareness of abuse and trauma, amplify survivors’ voices and co-create change with survivors. If you’re a survivor and want to turn your pain into the power to change, we want to hear from you.


We publish survivor-created writing, research and resources for survivors, allies and those who work with survivors. Join our mailing list to stay in touch with all our work.

After two decades of conversations with survivors, we can say with certainty that We ALL have much work to do to foster survivor-safe-survivor-sensitive-survivor-empowering environments in our organisations and in our communities and to develop trauma-aware-trauma-competent practices within professional helping relationships. What is your part to play?

Survivors Voices is a non-profit organisation. For more about us see Our History and meet Our Team. Check out what people say about us here. Support our work through a donation.