Our new Survivor Ambassador programme is designed to empower survivors to speak out and have a voice.
The experiences of our Survivor Ambassadors will add impact to our campaigns, help us to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and improve the support that Women’s Aid, and our member services, provide for survivors.
Through our Ambassadors’ experience, dedication, and passion, they will help us to ensure survivors’ are listened to, believed, and that responding to their needs is at the heart of everything we do.
Becky O’Brien, Survivor Ambassador
Becky O’Brien is a singer and a mum of five, who was a semi-finalist in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent and has used this platform to speak publicly about her experience as a survivor of domestic violence.
Becky spoke at the Women’s Aid National Conference in 2015, sharing her own experiences and highlighting the importance of educating young people about healthy relationships.
Mandy Thomas, Survivor Ambassador
Mandy Thomas is an author, poet, artist, photographer and survivor of domestic abuse. Mandy and her family accessed a number of refuges within the Women’s Aid national network.
Mandy says: “For me, having a network of refuges to go to was the difference between life and death. Domestic violence is not a one off event, it’s mental and physical torture that in many cases carries on for life, even once you have left the relationship. Without Women’s Aid, I would not be here today.”
Mandy has been campaigning and raising money for Women’s Aid since 2012 and is a regular speaker at our events.
Today, she continues to raise awareness and her book, You Can’t Run, is a memoir of her own experiences of domestic abuse which she hope will help others in their fight.
Sadi Khan, Survivor Ambassador
Sadi Khan is a survivor of domestic violence and winner of the 2011 Women’s Aid & Avon’s Woman of the Year award.
Sadi, a British-born Kashmiri woman, suffered psychological and physical abuse for five years following her arranged marriage at the age of 19. She found the courage to divorce her husband and is now an independent businesswoman.
Sadi is the founder of Noble Khan, a cultural awareness training centre. “It [the award] made me acknowledge my hardship, face it and be proud that I survived”.