A Valentine’s gift from Banksy

  • February 17, 2023

It’s not every day that a Banksy artwork appears in your local community, but that’s what has happened this week in Margate.

On one of the most important awareness days for domestic abuse, the artist’s ‘Valentine’s Day Mascara’ piece depicting a 1950s housewife with a bruised eye and a missing tooth appeared on the side of a building in the town. It presents the complexities of domestic abuse, reminding us that just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

All awareness is good awareness in our view, and whether the artwork stays or goes, it’s been a vital activation to get our communities talking about this crime, which sadly is an everyday reality for many. Thanet and Medway have the highest rate of domestic abuse in our area.

Help us continue the conversation around domestic abuse and raise awareness where you are.

  • Download our support poster
  • Make a donation towards our vital work
  • Follow us on social media @oasisdomesticabuseservice and share our posts

Art can be a powerful tool to get people talking, thinking and acting. Help us make this moment a force for supporting survivors, who need it the most right now. 

Download our awareness poster

Help us raise more awareness by putting our poster up in public spaces – cafes, community centres, offices, sports clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, school/college/university notice boards (with permission).

The more people that see our message of support, the more likely those experiencing domestic abuse are to reach out.

Download our awareness poster

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