Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora

Healing From Trauma

In September 2022, Jaskirt began researching reports, data and statistics on violenceagainst women and girls to gain a better understanding of the issues women faceand how she could channel that into creating art work for social change.

In a report by UNWomen (Feb 2022) 81,000 women and girls are killed globally, 58% of those by someone they know. In the UK, Karen Ingala Smith website, Counting Dead Women, demonstrates the brutality of murders domestically, with 2.6 women killed a week. The stats are scary, upsetting, revolting. But real.

Since 2020 Jaskirt has been working with charity and women’s refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre (BCC), running workshops and exploring storytelling through image making with the women at the refuge.

With support from Arts Council England’s DYCP (Develop your Creative Practice) funding, in 2023 Jaskirt returned to BCC after a year away to learn with the women what would best benefit them. What are their immediate needs and how could these workshops support them in healing from trauma. It was also an important milestone for Jaskirt to consider how she could improve upon and push forward from the work she had made previously (see Aurat ki Himmat).

Why focus on healing from trauma?

Anger can be all consuming but can also act as a catalyst for change. The initial research and data on VAWG weighed heavily on Jaskirt, focusing on how women heal from trauma gave sharp focus on positive change she had the capacity to support physically and mentally.  

There was a new series of workshops with 4 women at the refuge, and occasionally one of their children. The results and findings from this years work can be viewed in the following short films: 

Healing from Trauma is a short film telling the stories of the women (who wished to remain anonymous) Jaskirt has worked with this year, and the impact of the art to help healing.

I am the Storm is a spoken word film about life in refuge written and performed by Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora.

Films made and produced by Lauren Hatchard, supported by Amy Hill, music composed by Alex Singh, voice actor Blossom Timothy. 

I am the Storm

Grand Union Gallery Private Screening Event

On Wed 18 Oct 2023 Grand Union hosted a private screening event of the two films followed by conversations around the themes the work explored and lunch. 

Grand Union: 'We had the pleasure of hosting people from Birmingham Crisis Centre, a women’s refuge in the city, and the Growing Project’s Minerva Group for a private screening of two film works by Jaskirt Dhaliwal-Boora. 🎞️⁠  Jaskirt’s two short films, I Am the Storm and Healing from Trauma, were made following on from workshops with women and share their stories and experiences of living in refuge and healing from traumatic experiences. 🌸⁠ 

After watching the films, the Minerva Group and the women from the Birmingham Crisis had the opportunity to respond to the works, illustrating the power of film to act as a vehicle for starting difficult conversations. After the workshop, we all ate lunch together. 🍲⁠'

Permanent exhibition of work at women's refuge Birmingham Crisis Centre

Links for further support


Refuge is the largest domestic abuse organisation in the UK. Contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline if you need support. 

You can call for free and in confidence, 24-hours a day on 0808 2000 247 

or visit: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/en 

Feminists work for Change

We worked with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA) and poet Nafeesa Hamid to make This isn’t what love should feel like, a domestic abuse awareness raising zine and social media campaign.


Birmingham Crisis Centre

Birmingham Crisis Centre is a local charity which provides a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse. The purpose built accommodation provides a home for up to twenty three women and their children.


Southall Black Sisters

We highlight and challenge all forms of violence against women and girls, empowering them to gain control over their lives & assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.   https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/

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