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February 18, 2020

New resources now on

I was contacted last week by Karla in America and she asked me if I would add their website link to my website.  Of course I agreed.  The correlation is huge between domestic abuse and substance misuse and the information on this website is relevant and useful wherever in the world you live.  Take a look at their website or go to my Useful Links page…

I also saw a post on Facebook shared by an old friend of mine from our Board of Trustee for Womensaid days, Lesley Gibson.  She is the CEO of ‘Harbour’ which is an organisation in Hartlepool, in the North East of England.  Here is the article

This brave guy, Jonathan Larmin, has come through domestic abuse by his ex female partner, with the support of Harbour Support Services and has started his own peer support group for men who are or have experienced domestic abuse.  I was so impressed with Jonathan when I read this article, that I contacted him and asked him if I could include his details and details of the support group on my website.  He was happy for me to do this.  I realise it will only be useful for men who are living in the North Shields area, however, I feel it is important to be fully inclusive and even if you do not live in that area, I am sure you will find Jonathan’s story as inspiring as I do.  Again, you can see the information on my Useful Links page or go straight to the article here…..

Last but not least, I have added the latest Evaluation of The Freedom Programme to the site.  This was the programme which ran in Westminster, London in the Autumn of 2019.  You can find it here……

Latest Evaluation of The Freedom Programme





  • I first met Sharon back in 2000 when I went into a refuge she worked in after fleeing a violent relationship. I had two babies and virtually just a bag of clothes and a few toys with us. She helped me with appointments with the police, solicitors and..

    A survivor of domestic abuse.
  • I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Sharon when she was the Advocacy Manager at Woman’s Trust and I was working for Westminster City Council. During this time Sharon developed and managed the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service..

    Ainslie O’Connor – Principal Advisor for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet – Adelaide, Australia.
  • Thank you so much for all the support you have given me. You really have been amazing, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with Child Protection without you. The amount of strength you have given me is totally priceless, even with..

    A survivor of domestic abuse.
  • I knew Sharon as a work colleague over ten years ago. At the time, she was supporting vulnerable people, some of them were homeless due to domestic abuse and substance misuse. For me, assisting such people was what anyone in her role would be expect..

    Ted Chanza, Head of Market Operations, Airtel Malawi Ltd, Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa.
  • I have known Sharon for 6 years and have had the pleasure of working alongside her when I chaired the Westminster MARAC. Sharon is a committed, empathetic supporter of women who are or have experienced domestic abuse. She regularly goes the extra m..

    Former Chair of The Westminster MARAC.
  • I was fortunate to have had Sharon as my support worker after 17 years of domestic violence and 4 children that had witnessed and gone through it with me. I was finally strong enough to stand up and protect myself and my children. Without Sharon’s ..

    A survivor of domestic violence.
  • Without the support and constant reassurance of Sharon, I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am forever grateful to her. She is extremely dedicated and knowledgeable, having her on my side when dealing with someone as persistent..

    Anonymous survivor of Domestic Abuse.
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