Survivor, Ambassador, Pioneer, Author and the inspiration and driving force behind the first ever survivor led conference in Wales.
Laura is an award winning and world-renowned criminal behavioural analyst and advocate who worked for a decade at New Scotland Yard as Head of the Homicide Prevention Unit and Head of the Violent Crime Intelligence and Analysis Unit.
Laura founded Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service, following the success of the stalking law reform campaign. Laura spearheaded the Domestic Violence Law Reform campaign, which resulted in the offence of coercive control being introduced in 2015. Laura has won numerous awards for her campaigning, advocacy and analytical work to better protect victims.
Laura is author of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Abuse Risk Model (www.dashriskmodel.co.uk) and Oxford University Press book ‘Policing Domestic Violence.’
Laura was consulting producer on ‘Dirty John, the Dirty Truth,’ co-creator and executive produer of “The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey” on CBS, “The Case of: Caylee Anthony” on Oxygen and host of the Netflix series ‘Killer in the Family.
Laura is co-creator and co-host of the double award winning podcast, Real Crime Profile, and has a golden doodle puppy called Beatrice.
Pat Craven is the creator of the Freedom Programme and author of the bestselling book ‘Living with the Dominator’ and “Freedoms Flowers’ a book about the effects of male violence on children. Between 1986 and 2002 she was employed as a probation officer. From 1996 to 1998 she worked in the specialist field of providing programmes for male perpetrators of violence against women. During that time, she became aware that there were no mechanisms in place to pass the information she gained about such men to the women they were involved with. So, in 1999 she wrote the first Freedom Programme for women.
In 2002 she left the probation service to become a full-time self-employed trainer. Since then she has trained thousands of police, social workers, solicitors, refuge workers, prison officers and family workers to facilitate the Freedom Programme.
In 2008 she wrote ‘Living with the Dominator' and ‘The Freedom Programme Home Study Course’ for women who cannot get to a Freedom Programme. The course is now also available online for women survivors and for men who want to improve their behaviour. The Freedom Programme is now used in schools for teenage students and has now been adapted for use with children of primary school age. There is a home study course for men and our trainers are available to provide courses for men who want to improve their behaviour.
A survivor of domestic abuse and violence Nina now raises awareness of the Freedom Programme as a vital recovery and information tool for all women, and how different institutional structures continue abuse of vulnerable women and their children. Previously having gained success academically and professionally & now navigating life as a survivor and lone parent.
On 19th July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight by the families father using a sawn-off shot gun. He then committed suicide.
Luke and Ryan Hart, the two surviving sons, now openly share their story to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour. So far, they have trained police officers, police community support officers, NHS Personnel and legal professionals in the Crown Prosecution Service. They are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions speaking out against male violence towards women and children. They have released their book Remembered Forever, telling their story and challenging myths and stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse and coercive control.
Having experienced a background of childhood abuse and domestic violence within the family home and then witnessing our mother being killed from Domestic Homicide by my father in 1983, Lynn made a vow to our mother after she died that she would do something, one day, to make sure other women and children would not experience what we went through.
Today as they have sought much recovery in their own life and lynn having worked with the general public since aged 16, specifically helping other vulnerable women in the community for the last 15 years, and Julie making so many changes to her own life through attending and working with ’The Freedom programme’ we couldn’t keep this recovery to ourselves!
We have combined my personal experiences, passion andfrustrations into No Feart to empower individuals to believe that they too can make a change in their home, life, family and communities.
CEO - Cheshire without Abuse
Survivor, singer and mother to 5 children, now living the dream in New York. Becky is testament that you can achieve your dreams and goals after domestic abuse. Finalist on BGT
Chris Ashton is a highly skilled professional consultant for the Freedom Programme and other Domestic violence and abuse services. Chris has provided bespoke domestic abuse training throughout the UK and Ireland for a range of agencies.
Chris is one of a handful of professionals who specialise in men’s programmes. With over 30 years experience, Chris Ashton is an expert in her field and is in great demand for her services.
Zoe is a mother, business women, a professional and a survivor of domestic violence in that order. Zoe refuses to be defined by her journey although is compelled to make changes for the future for others and her children. Zoe’s professional expertise allowed her to see how flawed that system is after being catapulted into the criminal and family justice system in 2014. Two very stark contrasts and Zoe wants to highlight the impact the system has on victims going through this at their most vulnerable time.
Zoe is calling for an #openfamilycourt not to the public but highlights the need for transparency and accountability in the family judiciary. She also campaigns using #serialregisterneeded and highlights how serial abusers are getting away with it time and time again. Her own story highlights how perpetrators are giving a platform and the victims are the forgotten in a system which looks at incidents in isolation meaning the severity and risk of offending is minimised.
David successfully campaigned to free his mother Sally Challen in a landmark case recognising coercive control this year.
Freedom Programme Ambassador and Prison Advice and Care Trust Ambassador