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Be the change

You can either protect violence by accepting the status quo or you can prevent violence and protect survivors by disrupting the status quo. Care for yourself and others; learn to recognise relational and systemic violence, abuse, and trauma; speak up when things aren't right; listen to, believe, and support trauma survivors.

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Collaborate with us

We welcome collaborations on projects related to trauma and we are always keen to hear of new ideas. You may also be interested in working with us through our trauma trainings, research consultancy, creative research outputs, or art consultancy.

For roles at Traumascapes, you can check our Current Opportunities below.

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Take part in research

We work on a lot of research projects related to trauma and mental health, all of which are led or co-led by trauma survivors. Often, there are opportunities to take part.

Have a look at our Current Opportunities below to see if something speaks to you.

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Our work is community-driven. We believe in fostering connection and collectively creating safety, freedom, and joy.

Current Opportunities

Research Participants

 

How does the terminology people use to describe their lived experience of violence, abuse, and trauma connect to their identities, relationships, and healing journeys?

People who use their lived experience of trauma in their work (for example in research, art, activism or other practice) are invited to take part in the SEMANTIC study which is led by researchers with lived experience of trauma at King's College London and Traumascapes. 

The purpose of our project is to explore the terminology that people use to describe themselves as having lived experience of violence, abuse, and trauma. Terms might include ‘survivor’, ‘victim’, ‘wounded’, or something else, or people may reject labels altogether. We are also interested in how our identities, relationships, and healing journeys connect to the language we use.

 

Participants will take part in one interview (of approx. 1h) with an interviewer of their choice: you can meet our team below. You will receive £25 as a thank you for taking part in the interview and an additional £25 if you choose to take part in a follow-up focus group.

Find out more here:

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Information Sheet

If you are interested in taking part:

If you have any issue with the form above, you can contact Sully:

sullivan@traumascapes.org

 

Meet the team:

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Leila Sibai (she/they)

Languages: English, French, Arabic

My name is Leila (she/they). I'm Syrian and Swiss, and speak French, levantine Arabic, and English fluenty, and will happily conduct interviews in any of those languages. Professionally, I am first and foremost a researcher but love to dip my toes in all sorts of fields, especially when it comes to research methods or outputs. I am currently doing a PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture on the performative aspects of how people express political subjectivites in public space or liminal spaces under authoritarian regimes (in Syria). As part of my PhD, I have been looking into interviewing practices, walking practices, voicing/listening practices, and performative practices and their relationships to perception, sense-making, communication, and resistance processes. I generally just love to think about indirect ways of reclaiming/disrupting/occupying public spaces or power systems, and practices of community and care in their ever-changing forms. I worked for a number of years in the development of case-file for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria, where my family is from, and co-founded a quasi-horizontal women-led community-led organisation to support efforts for gender-sensitive transformative justice (Huquqyat). I also worked in physics for about a minute! I can conduct interviews at the Traumascapes office in Hoxton or any other location that may be more appropriate to you. My schedule varies every week but I am generally most free on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Roz Etwaria (she/her)

Languages: English, Patois

Hey, I’m Roz! I’m thrilled to be part of the SEMANTIC project, where we delve into the language used by those who have experienced abuse and trauma. As a Black woman with Indo-African heritage, I discover immense richness in expression — sometimes hidden, sometimes boldly spoken — that may or may not conform to standard British English. My linguistic palette extends beyond the ordinary. I’m fluent in British English, but my heart dances to the rhythms of Caribbean Patois, which I infuse with a delightful Guyanese twist. And let’s not forget Ebonics, the soulful language of African American communities. Now, let’s talk hats. 1. Culture Catalyst: By day, I supercharge organisations, infusing them with the mindsets, skills, and behaviours needed to ignite cultural change. 2. Little Ro.org Guardian: But wait, there’s more! As the project holder at Little Ro.org, we extend a lifeline — Help, Hope, Healing, and Heard — to survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and trauma. Our mission? Amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Traumascapes and Survivors Voices are my allies in this transformative journey. Together, we’re architects of change, reshaping experiences of trauma and dismantling social injustices. My research interests can be summed up in this question: How do we weave a more wholesome society? And guess what? I’m not just a wordsmith; I’m a wanderer, too! Whether it’s a cosy café, a windswept cliff, or a bustling hub in Battersea, I’m ready to travel and connect. Let’s chat — over coffee, tea, or even a slice of adventure in a place that is appropriate and works for us. I work out of Battersea, which has wonderful transport links.

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Sullivan Holderbach (he/they)

Languages: English, Portuguese

My name is Sullivan. I am French-American, of Hong Kongese origin, and have lived in France, Japan, Brazil, Belgium, and the UK (Birmingham & London). I speak English, French, and Portuguese fluently. Professionally, I am a survivor artist and researcher at Traumascapes. My research interests include inter-species modalities for trauma healing, the intersection of trauma and mental health, the integration of lived experience into research, and creative approaches to disseminating research findings. Through my art practice, I explore a range of topics spanning from intergenerational trauma to silly animals through animation, painting, music, and more. I am happy to interview entirely in English or Portuguese, I am also happy to interview francophones speaking to me in French if I can instead respond in English, using French when needed. I operate predominantly from the Traumascapes office in Hoxton (London) where we can hold interviews, but I am also happy interviewing in other appropriate locations. Equally, I am available to interview on most weekdays (though Tuesdays are trickier).

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Angie Sweeney (she/her)

Language: English

My name is Angela Sweeney (she/her) and I’m a middle-aged, cisgender female working at King’s College London. I experienced multiple forms of disadvantage and abuse up to my early 20s. I have been a researcher for 23 years now, and my research interests include support and healing following trauma, parenting in the context of violence and trauma, and lived experience and survivor-controlled approaches to research. I’m an English-speaker and am generally available for interview on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays between 10am and 6pm. I am based at Denmark Hill and the Strand. Although I prefer online interviews, I can travel to Surrey, south London and central London for interviews.

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Laura E. Fischer (she/they)

Languages: English, French

Hey, I’m Laura! I was raised in a Swiss-American-Jordanian-Palestinian-Mexican household in Switzerland and have called London my home since 2012. I founded Traumascapes to create a space for people with lived experience to come together to rewrite the narrative of trauma on our own terms and constructively disrupt violent structures so that we may create new horizons that foster healing, safety, freedom, and joy. By background, I’m an artist, researcher, and activist. My art and activism practice explores the reclaiming of the sociocultural narrative of trauma and my research focuses on the embodied experience of trauma and body-based approaches to healing. I’m keen for the SEMANTIC project to explore the complexity of interconnections between language and identity so that we can unearth both the deeply problematic issues with terminology being imposed upon us as well as the emancipatory possibilities of (re)defining language on our own terms (literally) – and all the nuances in between. I’m also very interested in non-verbal embodied languages. I can hold interviews in English and French, either online or from the Traumascapes office which has plants, art materials, and big windows.

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