Queen’s birthday honours recognise Women’s Aid domestic abuse workers
Women’s Aid’s Nicki Norman and Dr Lisa Johnson awarded OBE and MBE in Queen’s birthday honours list
Acting chief executive of Women’s Aid Nicki Norman and manager of direct services Dr Lisa Johnson have been awarded birthday honours in recognition of their work to support survivors of domestic abuse.
Nicki Norman, who receives an OBE, has over 25 years of direct experience in providing, managing and developing local domestic abuse services. Nicki has worked for Women’s Aid Federation of England since 2007 on all aspects of the national charity’s work to end violence against women and children. This has included oversight of its direct services, the National Training Centre as well as developing new multi-agency responses through Change That Lasts. Key to her priorities is supporting and representing a national network of around 170 local member organisations providing services to protect women and children from abuse.
Dr Lisa Johnson, who receives an MBE, started as a Women’s Aid volunteer nearly 25 ago. In 2019, she was awarded an honorary degree by Bristol university for her contribution to society and research. Lisa helped build the national helpline, established by Women’s Aid in 1987 with a few phones, into the National Domestic Violence Helpline, which Women’s Aid ran in partnership until 2019. Lisa has most recently established Women’s Aid Live Chat helpline and a host of other digital services including Survivors’ Forum, a survivor peer support community.
Nicki Norman, acting chief executive at Women’s Aid, says
“I am truly humbled by this recognition from my peers. I thankfully accept this honour, not only for myself, but on behalf of the amazing team at Women’s Aid, who I have been proud to lead in recent times. It means a lot that our collective work to end domestic abuse is validated and respected. As a feminist committed to tackling social injustices, it is also important to recognise the harms of the past and so, accordingly, I join with others in calling to change the title of the honours from British Empire to British Excellence.”
Lisa Johnson, manager of direct services at Women’s Aid, says
“I feel privileged and honoured to have had the opportunity to work in this sector for many years. We continue to develop and provide vital services for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. As Women’s Aid manager of direct services, I am so proud to have a role where I work with an incredible team of women who save lives of women and children every day, and who are always keeping survivors’ voices at the heart of our work. As a lifelong feminist, freedom from oppression is important to me, so I join with others in calling to change the title of the honours from British Empire to British Excellence.”