Joy Etheridge – Individual Award Nominee – 2004

Joy is a survivor of domestic violence. She is a campaigner, trainer, facilitator and national speaker who raises awareness of the issues of domestic violence. In 2000 she worked as a volunteer on the Freedom Programme with the probation service in Birkenhead, working with women on probation, victims of domestic violence, and helped develop a training programme which enabled women to identify and understand the tactics used by perpetrators, and thus return to normal life better equipped to keep abuse out of their lives and that of their children. In 2001, Joy raised the funds to create Freedom and Empowerment for Women which proved as weekly venue for women to enhance their lives through this kind of voluntary training programme. She has continued to campaign and raise awareness through various initiatives, and her work has made a huge contribution to understanding and combating this abhorrent form of social injustice.