#Unbreakable: Spice Girl Melanie Brown becomes a Women’s Aid Patron, announcing she “will shout from the rooftops to raise awareness” about domestic abuse
Sunday 25th November 2018
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Women’s Aid has announced that Melanie Brown – survivor, Spice Girl and judge on America’s Got Talent – will join long-standing patron Dame Julie Walters as the national domestic abuse charity’s patron.
Melanie Brown will use her position as the charity’s patron to “shout from the rooftops to raise awareness” about domestic abuse. In her role, she will champion Women’s Aid work which helps thousands of women and their children escape domestic abuse and rebuild their lives free from fear and abuse each year.
This week, Melanie Brown will publish her tell-all memoir, Brutally Honest, about the truth behind the headlines and her devastating experience of coercive and controlling behaviour.
Together with Women’s Aid, Melanie Brown has launched a t-shirt with the empowering slogan “unbreakable” to help raise vital funds for Women’s Aid and let survivors know that there is life after experiencing domestic abuse.
The t-shirt is available online at: www.womensaid.teemill.com
Melanie Brown, Women’s Aid Patron, said:
“I am not just honoured but I am deeply humbled by the support I have received from Women’s Aid. This means more to me than anyone can imagine. As women we really do need to have each other’s backs, stand together and raise our voices as loud as we can so we can all be heard. I hope as a Patron I can be there for other women, and I will shout from the rooftops to raise awareness for this cause, which affects all of us.”
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Melanie has become our Patron. Melanie is an inspiration to so many women out there. By speaking out as a survivor, she has sent out the powerful message to all survivors out there that you are not alone, coercive and controlling behaviour can happen to anyone and that there is support out there for you. Together, we can make our movement stronger than ever and amplify the voices of women who have been silenced for far too long. For any woman out there who is worried that her partner is controlling or abusive, Women’s Aid is always here for you. We will listen to you, believe you and support you.”
If you are worried about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]