Nadia has been a Community Ambassador in Sunderland since March 2018.
She recently attended the event: African Women’s Voices Sharing African Food Heritage. Here, she was visible in her community and was able to break the silence of domestic abuse in a way that comes naturally to her.
Since becoming an ambassador, Nadia has been added to Wearside Women In Need’s pool of interpreters as she speaks Arabic and French. Her help in translating may be invaluable to a survivor of domestic abuse in the future.
Read more about Nadia’s Community Ambassador journey below.
Why did you want to become a Community Ambassador?
I wanted to become a Community Ambassador because I work in the community with vulnerable women groups and I am eager to be a listener to be able to sign post them to the right services if they are experiencing any coercive behaviour and/or made any disclosure.
What have you done in your community to raise awareness of domestic abuse?
In my community, I have started to talk more about domestic abuse and discuss the signs of the domestic abuse more. I try to encourage the idea to talk about it without feeling embarrassed or shamed because it is not always the woman’s fault if things in the relationship go wrong. Giving the opportunity to friends, relatives or anybody I know to open up while having a cup of tea makes it easy to talk. I think more activities for women in the community to empower women from an early adult age so they don’t accept any rubbish from a male and learn to be independent.
What do you enjoy about being a Community Ambassador?
I enjoy being a Community Ambassador because since I did the training I met lots of new people and it has been an eye opener to listen and share stories with other people, feeling that I can be there for someone to talk to, noticing and becoming more aware of the coercive behaviour.
Have you come across anything challenging or difficult in your role?
Up to now, I haven’t come across anything challenging apart from men trying to underestimate women to keep the under their control.
Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for your fellow Community Ambassadors?
My words of advice are: Keep up the good work and let’s give domestic violence the red card.