WITH study digital stories

Digital stories

Digital stories are first-person, multimedia projects created by people with no professional media experience. They are produced in a workshop setting, with trained staff guiding participants through a process of autobiographical writing, audio recording, selecting music and images, and using a computer to put everything together.

Five women took part in a digital storytelling workshop for the WITH Study and shared their stories about accessing help for sexual violence and mental health problems. The workshop was held over 2 days in October 2015 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). The women found the process challenging, but ultimately positive. It made them feel listened to and valued. For some, it helped to transform the pain into something creative and aided their journey towards recovery.

“Being able to talk about or express trauma in a creative, more
‘abstract’ way gave me a great opportunity to think about it differently…
The process of making the films and then sharing them
is a way of transforming them and giving them a positive purpose.”

You can view the five digital stories via the links below.


Viewing these digital stories may be upsetting or difficult for some people. They may bring up some things for you from your own experience. If this happens we suggest trying a grounding exercise which is used by many who have lived experience of trauma to aid connection to the present, to their body and to themselves whenever trauma disconnects them.

  • Look…hear…Feel… Can you name:
  • 3 things you can see?
  • 3 things you can hear?
  • 3 things you can feel (with touch)?

Integrating our senses and language through naming what we sense is a helpful way to connect us neurologically to our bodies and orient them to this time and space. Being grounded reminds us that we are whole and that we can hold and contain ourselves. We can also decide to withdraw to provide ourselves with safety, if that is needed.

If you would like to speak to someone further about any distress you are experiencing related to trauma we suggest you one of the support services available. See:

Other support services are listed here.



My Life as an Oven

The Mistake

The Weight