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Our Campaign

Freedom vs. Abuse

This is a war which cannot be won by Government, Police, Social Services, or the major charities. To win the war we need your support by joining our campaign. Your energy will enable us to educate society and help address societies’ major challenge. ABUSE!

Our People

Ambassadors

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir was formerly Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners in England & Wales. During his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others.

Peter Garsden

Since 1996, Peter has been Lead Solicitor in over 25 different Group Actions involving over 1000 Claimants, including the largest award achieved in the area of Child Abuse Groups of £2.3million on behalf of 165 Claimants.

Peter Garsden

Since 1996, Peter has been Lead Solicitor in over 25 different Group Actions involving over 1000 Claimants, including the largest award achieved in the area of Child Abuse Groups of £2.3million on behalf of 165 Claimants.

Harry Perrin

Harry Perrin is a solicitor. He is pleased to promote the work of Freedom From Abuse. Harry has written for newspapers, prominent legal journals, and blogs. He is also a keen musician and singer.

Melanie Lang

Dr Melanie Lang is a former elite youth swimmer and swimming teacher and coach with a passion for ensuring children and young people are protected and empowered while playing sport. 

Madeleine Black

Madeleine Black has an unusual personal story which she uses to inspire and motivate others.  She chose to forgive the two men who gang raped her at thirteen years old and she shares her story for many reasons.

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir was formerly Chief Executive of the Police & Crime Commissioners in England & Wales. During his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others.

Peter Garsden

Since 1996, Peter has been Lead Solicitor in over 25 different Group Actions involving over 1000 Claimants, including the largest award achieved in the area of Child Abuse Groups of £2.3million on behalf of 165 Claimants.

Richard Scorer

Richard is Head of the Abuse Team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester. He represents clients all over the UK. He has been described as “one of Britain’s leading specialists” in the field of abuse law.

Harry Perrin

Harry Perrin is a solicitor. He is pleased to promote the work of Freedom From Abuse. Harry has written for newspapers, prominent legal journals, and blogs. He is also a keen musician and singer.

Melanie Lang

Dr Melanie Lang is a former elite youth swimmer and swimming teacher and coach with a passion for ensuring children and young people are protected and empowered while playing sport. 

Madeleine Black

Madeleine Black has an unusual personal story which she uses to inspire and motivate others.  She chose to forgive the two men who gang raped her at thirteen years old and she shares her story for many reasons.

Our People

Directors

Marilyn Hawes

Founder and CEO of Freedom From Abuse Marilyn Hawes is a former music teacher whose three sons were sexually groomed and assaulted by their head teacher, a close family friend. All of her children have successful careers which confirms the fact “Abuse does not have to be a life sentence”.

Roger Woods

Roger is Marilyn Hawes’ husband and was around Marilyn and her family when the abuser of her boys was active having groomed Marilyn. Roger was well qualified to help the family having himself experienced child abuse from eight to twelve years.  Strange though it seems the abuse scenario drew the new family together as we all worked to address the impact of abuse. 

Adam Satterthwaite

Adam has a long career in marketing with specialisations in both IT and photography.  He joined us back in 2012 when we were Enough Abuse UK and has played a key part in our development and change into Freedom from Abuse. His most visible work is the filming and production of “Grooming: the preamble to abuse” a video about how to identify abusers from their behaviours. 

Our People

Patrons

Stephen Endelman

Stephen Endelman is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, producer, and educator. In 2017 Stephen was a crown prosecution witness in the trial of Trever Bolton who abused him for 3 years while he was at boarding school. Stephen wrote and produced an award winning short biographical film A Boy a Man and a Kite which explores grooming, forgiveness and the long term physical and mental health impacts of abuse.

Our People

Associates

Rockpool

We support organisations that want to improve practice, share knowledge and expertise, and enable their workforce to inspire hope, promote resilience and aid recovery for people affected by trauma. 

Alison Millar

Alison Millar is a specialist in abuse claims, including civil law claims for survivors of non-recent abuse in a wide variety of settings including schools, care homes, foster care placements, churches and other religious institutions, sports clubs and voluntary organisations.

Rachel Fairhurst

Rachel is the creator and director of Integrated Trauma Solutions and a survivor of Complex PTSD. It is my absolute belief that everyone has a basic human right to live free from the effects of abuse and trauma.

Lourdes-Anne Requena

Through Lived experience, I consider myself an expert regarding my own recovery from Mental Health challenges, attempted suicide, breakdowns and trauma and abuse as a child.

Sally-Anne Burns

Restorative Change with a group of partnering organisations created a whole family domestic abuse service, which places the children at the heart of a therapeutic intervention.

David Mclean

BraveSpace’s managing Director is David Mclean. David has been a youth justice practitioner in the north of England and in London for 20 years.

Rockpool

We support organisations that want to improve practice, share knowledge and expertise, and enable their workforce to inspire hope, promote resilience and aid recovery for people affected by trauma. 

Alison Millar

Alison Millar is a specialist in abuse claims, including civil law claims for survivors of non-recent abuse in a wide variety of settings including schools, care homes, foster care placements, churches and other religious institutions, sports clubs and voluntary organisations.

Rachel Fairhurst

Rachel is the creator and director of Integrated Trauma Solutions and a survivor of Complex PTSD. It is my absolute belief that everyone has a basic human right to live free from the effects of abuse and trauma.

Lourdes-Anne Requena

Through Lived experience, I consider myself an expert regarding my own recovery from Mental Health challenges, attempted suicide, breakdowns and trauma and abuse as a child.

Sally-Anne Burns

Restorative Change with a group of partnering organisations created a whole family domestic abuse service, which places the children at the heart of a therapeutic intervention.

David Mclean

BraveSpace’s managing Director is David Mclean. David has been a youth justice practitioner in the north of England and in London for 20 years.

Robert S Wells

Robert S Wells is a former Military Police Officer and security professional. He is a published author, speaker, domestic abuse survivor and the Director at, Domestic Abuse Business Support Ltd (DABS)

Jack Jacobs

Jack is a life coach, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur, empowering the next generation to fulfil their full potential. Jack is on a mission with josp to enable young people to access support and mental health professionals.

John Trott

John is a former Detective Chief Inspector with specialist knowledge and experience of domestic abuse, coercive control, stalking and Honour Based Abuse. He also has extensive knowledge of the Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults arena.

Ruth Edensor

Ruth Edensor is a Parenting Coach, Founder of Child Behaviour Direct, Creator of the Online Parenting Masterclass and Author of the Parent’s Guide to Children’s Behaviour.

Julian King

Julian King is a former Scotland Yard Detective specialising in public protection, domestic abuse and stalking solutions including investigation and surveillance. He is also a paralegal and his company deals with criminal and family law matters. 

Paradigm Project

I founded Paradigm Project as I’m committed to helping young people make positive life choices . Our aim is to offer bespoke support programs and seek to understand the history and needs of the individual. 

Robert S Wells

Robert S Wells is a former Military Police Officer and security professional. He is a published author, speaker, domestic abuse survivor and the Director at, Domestic Abuse Business Support Ltd (DABS)

Jack Jacobs

Jack is a life coach, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur, empowering the next generation to fulfil their full potential. Jack is on a mission with josp to enable young people to access support and mental health professionals.

John Trott

John is a former Detective Chief Inspector with specialist knowledge and experience of domestic abuse, coercive control, stalking and Honour Based Abuse. He also has extensive knowledge of the Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults arena.

Ruth Edensor

Ruth Edensor is a Parenting Coach, Founder of Child Behaviour Direct, Creator of the Online Parenting Masterclass and Author of the Parent’s Guide to Children’s Behaviour.

Julian King

Julian King is a former Scotland Yard Detective specialising in public protection, domestic abuse and stalking solutions including investigation and surveillance. He is also a paralegal and his company deals with criminal and family law matters. 

Paradigm Project

I founded Paradigm Project as I’m committed to helping young people make positive life choices . Our aim is to offer bespoke support programs and seek to understand the history and needs of the individual. 

Thrive

The Thrive Programme is not therapy or counselling – it’s a psychological training programme that is fun, informative and empowering from the start.

Emma Cooper

For over 10 years I have been a front-line worker predominantly within the substance misuse sector, working with males and females and contributing towards them obtaining and sustaining recovery from substances.

Wendy Richards

Wendy is an entrepreneur, business growth specialist, mental health and wellbeing consultant, life coach, author and motivational speaker.

Theresa Murray

As a time served engineer and project manager in the engineering, construction and manufacturing industry. Theresa has been fortunate enough to have a wealth of experience applying the law and legislation to a multitude of high value and high profile projects.

Laura Lyons

Laura Lyons is the Director of Are They Safe. As well as being the Director of Are They Safe Laura has also lobbied Parliament for the introduction of legislation on domestic abuse, particularly the use of ‘coercive control’ in relationships.

Victoria Bagnall

Connections in Mind can offer coaching support through EHCPs and Access to Work as well as privately. They also train teachers, support staff and parents in foundational neuroscience of learning and personal development.

Thrive

The Thrive Programme is not therapy or counselling – it’s a psychological training programme that is fun, informative and empowering from the start.

Emma Cooper

For over 10 years I have been a front-line worker predominantly within the substance misuse sector, working with males and females and contributing towards them obtaining and sustaining recovery from substances.

Wendy Richards

Wendy is an entrepreneur, business growth specialist, mental health and wellbeing consultant, life coach, author and motivational speaker.

Theresa Murray

As a time served engineer and project manager in the engineering, construction and manufacturing industry. Theresa has been fortunate enough to have a wealth of experience applying the law and legislation to a multitude of high value and high profile projects.

Laura Lyons

Laura Lyons is the Director of Are They Safe. As well as being the Director of Are They Safe Laura has also lobbied Parliament for the introduction of legislation on domestic abuse, particularly the use of ‘coercive control’ in relationships.

Victoria Bagnall

Connections in Mind can offer coaching support through EHCPs and Access to Work as well as privately. They also train teachers, support staff and parents in foundational neuroscience of learning and personal development.

Irena Campbell

I am a professional counsellor registered with the BACP. I have a background of working in prisons, with Male, female and young offenders. I have also worked for the NHS, Woman’s Aid and Northampton domestic abuse services.

FAB Project

The FAB project is a not for profit registered Social Enterprise providing professional therapy for any aspect of childhood trauma or adverse children’s experiences.

Louise Godbold

Louise Godbold has worked variously as a commercials producer in Europe, a “development girl” in Hollywood, and for the last 20 years, in social programs. 

Ann Moulds

In 2009 Ann Moulds launched her award winning national and international campaign ‘Action Scotland Against Stalking‘ after first hand experiencing of stalking, the poor response by the police, criminal justice system, and support agencies.

Nikki Adebiyi

Nikki Adebiyi is the Founder of Bounce Black – a peer coaching and community platform for Black students and graduates navigating mental health, chronic illness and/or trauma recovery while building a career.

Rida Israr

My name is Rida Israr. I’m getting my degree from the University of Bedfordshire and hopefully graduating this summer. Currently, I’m working as a social media manager for freedom from abuse.

Irena Campbell

I am a professional counsellor registered with the BACP. I have a background of working in prisons, with Male, female and young offenders. I have also worked for the NHS, Woman’s Aid and Northampton domestic abuse services.

FAB Project

The FAB project is a not for profit registered Social Enterprise providing professional therapy for any aspect of childhood trauma or adverse children’s experiences.

Louise Godbold

Louise Godbold has worked variously as a commercials producer in Europe, a “development girl” in Hollywood, and for the last 20 years, in social programs. 

Ann Moulds

In 2009 Ann Moulds launched her award winning national and international campaign ‘Action Scotland Against Stalking‘ after first hand experiencing of stalking, the poor response by the police, criminal justice system, and support agencies.

Nikki Adebiyi

Nikki Adebiyi is the Founder of Bounce Black – a peer coaching and community platform for Black students and graduates navigating mental health, chronic illness and/or trauma recovery while building a career.

Rida Israr

My name is Rida Israr. I’m getting my degree from the University of Bedfordshire and hopefully graduating this summer. Currently, I’m working as a social media manager for freedom from abuse.

Aleeha Riaz

Consultant trainer at freedom from abuse helping victims of abuse to focus on psychological wellbeing. Active member of FFA social media team.

Nadia Younas

M. Phil Psychology, M.Sc Psychology Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad Program Coordinator Department of Clinical Psychology Nadia Younas received her graduate and postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad

Desley Whillians

Founder & CEO of JW Safe Place – a confidential support service for ex & current Jehovah’s Witnesses affected by domestic abuse.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith aka Emma ‘WhispersRed’. An ASMR content creator on YouTube, ASMR Singer and Author of ‘Unwind Your Mind – The Life-Changing Power of ASMR’. Emma’s YouTube channel has over 300M views and her viewers are all over the world. 

Suzanne Murray

As a Consultant, in the field of Safeguarding, Child Protection, Wellbeing and Inclusion, and as an educator, I believe that my understanding and approach to my work has been shared by my deep understanding of learning organisations.

Kate Ashley Norman

The KAN Platform targets the emotional wellbeing of your employees, guiding them towards feeling more empowered and valued. KAN is a multi-layered approach bringing together a number of different resources into one platform, building knowledge, resilience, and self-awareness, all the while maximising an employee’s greater potential.

Aleeha Riaz

Consultant trainer at freedom from abuse helping victims of abuse to focus on psychological wellbeing. Active member of FFA social media team.

Nadia Younas

M. Phil Psychology, M.Sc Psychology Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad Program Coordinator Department of Clinical Psychology Nadia Younas received her graduate and postgraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad

Desley Whillians

Founder & CEO of JW Safe Place – a confidential support service for ex & current Jehovah’s Witnesses affected by domestic abuse.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith aka Emma ‘WhispersRed’. An ASMR content creator on YouTube, ASMR Singer and Author of ‘Unwind Your Mind – The Life-Changing Power of ASMR’. Emma’s YouTube channel has over 300M views and her viewers are all over the world. 

Suzanne Murray

As a Consultant, in the field of Safeguarding, Child Protection, Wellbeing and Inclusion, and as an educator, I believe that my understanding and approach to my work has been shared by my deep understanding of learning organisations.

Kate Ashley Norman

The KAN Platform targets the emotional wellbeing of your employees, guiding them towards feeling more empowered and valued. KAN is a multi-layered approach bringing together a number of different resources into one platform, building knowledge, resilience, and self-awareness, all the while maximising an employee’s greater potential.

Arpu Kumar

I work as an International Human Rights Barrister/Legal Expert with Split the Difference. My life`s inherent calling is to make Human Rights Accessible for All and Strive for Global Justice.

Moj Taylor

Moj Taylor is a professional actor and comedian. He graduated from Queen Mary University London in Spanish & Drama, before undertaking a Masters in Acting at Drama Centre London, in which time he performed multiple times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

A little more

Learn more about our campaign

If you have a question that isn’t covered below, please contact our team here.

You can get involved in lobbying politicians, building pressure for change locally and helping to educate society on how to recognise abuse.

You can volunteer if you’ve used our services before, and if you have experience of abuse. The important thing is that you’re self-aware and able to help.

All of our volunteers have to undergo a recruitment and training process in all roles, and our volunteering is not something you can start immediately.

Not at all, donations are discretionary. What we really need is your time, effort and energy to help fight abuse.

Yes! Abuse isn’t just exclusive to the UK. If you live overseas there will be roles or tasks specifically for you to tackle.

Yes. We believe you should never be out of pocket as a result of volunteering with us. We will reimburse reasonable travel and other out of pocket expenses

“After seeing Marilyn speak I knew I had to answer the call to arms against abuse! It's humbling and rewarding to be able to help in some small way by being there for people who need us.”
Jess Doe,
Freedom From Abuse Volunteer
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Susan O’Neill
Founder & CEO
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Founder & CEO

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