Sinead Murray is a Family Practitioner. However that is not her only job, she also dedicates her time to offering support and care to victims of domestic abuse.
Sinead said: “I support women and men who feel they may be a victim of domestic abuse and help them find where to go to get the right support to stay safe. Our Action for Children centre works in partnership with domestic abuse charities such as Leeway, Daisy and Pandora to run services such as ‘Power to Change’, the ‘Freedom Programme’ and various drop-in sessions.
“The most positive outcome was co-facilitating the Freedom Programme with Pandora Project and seeing the women’s confidence grow, hearing laughter and seeing people moving on with their lives, free from domestic abuse.”
Sinead has been a Domestic Abuse Champion for a year and has raised more than £1,000 for Daisy a Breckland Charity by biking from London to Brighton. She says the hardest thing is “being conscious of the effects of domestic abuse on children and how many are exposed to it on a regular basis: 130,000 children live in households with high risk domestic abuse (caada 2012).
“The best part is making a positive change to peoples’ lives - I’ve learnt to be confident talking about domestic abuse. If you don't discuss it with people you’ll never know if they are living with domestic abuse or if they’ve experienced it.”
She added: “I’ve taken part in team activities to raise awareness of domestic abuse including giving a talk at a networking event led by the Pandora project. Above all else, I listen to people affected by domestic abuse and make them feel welcome at the children’s centre.”
When asked what advice she would give to people wanting to become a Champion, Sinead said: “Do it! The training is such an eye opener... you could be that person that makes a positive change to someone’s life!”