Handmade quilt tells the story of almost 600 domestic abuse victims

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A patchwork quilt that has been put together in memory of hundreds of domestic abuse victims came to Lincoln today.

The Women’s Quilt was on display in at City Hall on Wednesday, January 31 as a part of the UK tour by artist Roxanne Ellis. The quilt raises awareness for the victims of domestic abuse.

Each square on the quilt represents 598 women who were killed by their current or former partners between 2009 and 2015, highlighted by The Femicide Census.

Roxanne is a quilting and patchwork enthusiast and a Labour councillor for Ernehale at Gedling Borough Council.

She told The Lincolnite she was shocked and saddened by the domestic abuse homicide figures. She got the idea of stitching a quilt after she saw a picture of the AIDS quilt. She set up a Facebook page requesting people to come forward and help.

Roxanne said: “It’s been beautiful and heartbreaking. It’s beautiful due to the response people have had and it has been so encouraging and they want to know how they can help. It’s also heartbreaking because of the number of people who have come up to us and have told us about their experience of domestic abuse and many of them had never spoken about it before.

“We are hoping to eventually to get it to be in Victoria and Albert Museum because they know how to care for textiles.”

The national domestic helpline number is 1800-2000-247. The number will not show up in phone bills.