Laurie Matthew – Individual Award Nominee – 2006

Laurie is currently coordinator of 18 and Under, a charity for children who have been abused. This has evolved from a charity she set up in 1994 to support younger women survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. Laurie has developed a safety and awareness programme for children: Violence is Preventable (VIP). She is now piloting a VIP programme for elderly women. She has also created a service for survivors of organised abuse. She is an inspiring survivor and life long campaigner, encouraging other women to break the silence around abuse and seek justice.