Pain into Power

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

Poster with artwork from card deck of a woman's head and text with details of the exhibition

Still time to visit our T.R.A.U.M.A. art exhibition, showcasing the original artwork used to create our arts-based card deck aimed at building awareness of abuse, facilitating conversations, and animating public debate. The exhibition and card deck are a collaboration between SURE, Survivors Voices and Traumascapes, funded by VAMHN

Our card deck will be available for purchase online soon.

Who we are

Survivors Voices is a survivor-led organisation that harnesses the expertise of people affected by abuse in order to transform society’s 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.