A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition exploring forms of violence against women that are still misunderstood, hidden and unacknowledged by mainstream society, is in the middle of its 10 day stay at Lochgelly Centre.

Supported by Fife Council and the Fife Violence Against Women Partnership, the exhibition was formally launched last week in the Centre.

Cllr Judy Hamilton represents Fife Council on the Partnership and was at the launch.

She commented: "This is a stunning visual way to get across some very important messages about violence against women. The exhibition is eye-opening, challenging and thought-provoking.

"I would encourage as many people as possible to take the opportunity to see this important exhibition which is free and open to the public from the April 1 to May10 across Fife."

Sheila Noble is Co-ordinator of the Fife Violence Against Women Partnership. She added: "Domestic abuse, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women are still prevalent in Scotland, especially for groups of women who face other forms of discrimination; women with learning disabilities, women who sell sex, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LBT) and black and minority ethnic women.

"The Partnership is working with the Zero Tolerance charity who have created Violence Unseen, with award-winning photographer Alicia Bruce.

"Working with groups and individuals affected by men’s violence they have created photographs that explore the types of violence against women that remain unseen and unacknowledged by mainstream society. The photographs shine a light on the types of violence against women that still remain unacceptably hidden and better represent the constellation of women’s lived experiences."

Rachel Adamson, Director of Zero Tolerance added: “We are pleased to be working with the council and the VAW Partnership in Fife. We hope the exhibition will raise awareness of these issues and encourage people to think about what they can do to tackle violence against women.”

The exhibition runs at the Centre until Monday and between April 30 and May 10 will be at Kirkcaldy Town House.

People should note that some of the content in the exhibition deals with sexual violence, abuse and exploitation which some people might find upsetting.

At the launch Cllr Judy Hamilton; Louise Radcliffe (Fife Violence Against Women Partnership) Nina Munday (Fife Centre for Equalities) and Rachel Adamson (Zero Tolerance) and right Cardenden councillor Rosemary Liewald and Lesley Backhouse.