There are many different reasons that I am interested in the topics that I write about.
I am currently a PhD researcher at The Open University, carrying a mixed method narrative study looking at young men who have experienced domestic abuse in childhood and been involved with life on road/in gangs/groups. I am a Gender Studies specialist, with an MA(Hons) in Gender Studies and Anthropology. One year of this degree was studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, through a “Scholarship for Excellence” from the British Council. This enabled both extensive travelling and the chance to focus on international gender issues. I then studied for a Master’s degree in Gender Studies at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In 2012 my dissertation received a ‘distinction’ in the field of domestic violence.
I have a substantial amount of front-line work experience supporting vulnerable people. For several years I worked in projects supporting women involved in prostitution in both a harm minimization project and a court diversion scheme. I also worked in a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, as well as a rape crisis center. Most recently I held a post coordinating the strategic partnership around domestic violence, children and health in West London.
I support my ongoing front-line involvement by being a trustee for my local Women’s Aid service.
Underlying this professional and academic work is my own experience of witnessing domestic abuse in childhood, which is what has inspired my journey into this sector. I am passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of children who have also gone through this experience. I was a finalist for a Women’s Aid/Marie Claire/Avon “Empowering Women” Award 2012 in the category of ‘child survivor of the year’.
- Spoke on expert panel at the International WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) Conference in Bulgaria 2013 on Domestic Violence and Health Interventions
- Spoke at the Domestic Violence Coordinators Network Conference 2013.
- CEOP (Child exploitation online protection) Ambassador/trainer
- Part of a expert stakeholder group at the Department of Health to design “Guidance for health professionals on domestic violence” Download the guidance here
- Designed and delivered training for tri-borough LSCB Level 3 course on “Abuse and Young People’s Relationships and Level 3 course in Child Sexual Exploitation
- Led a workshop on ‘The importance of health settings in identifying domestic abuse victims’ at RESPECT’s National Male Victims Conference 2012.
- Won People’s Choice prize and Highly Commended Prize for a Poster in the Open University competition 2017
- Former member of Royal College of GP’s Domestic Violence Stakeholder Group
- Former committee member for H&F Healthwatch