Laurie Matthew – Individual Award Nominee – 2009

For the past 30 Years, Laurie has campaigned on behalf of women and children who have experienced abuse and violence, and created and delivered services for them. She has devoted herself to ending violence and abuse and works tirelessly, often in the face of extreme opposition, to provide services that women and children want and need. She has raised funds and set up organisations offering services to young survivors, asylum seekers and survivors of ritual abuse, written books and campaigned publicly to raise awareness.