I am one of the Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers at Aurora New Dawn. In my spare time I enjoy watching documentaries and listening to music and podcasts. I love quizzes and general knowledge, my best categories being history and geography!
I started at Aurora New Dawn as a placement student in 2020, and felt I was able to make a real difference to people’s lives. I later began working at Aurora as a full member of staff in 2021 and was pleased to be able to focus more of time to supporting clients experiencing stalking and help them to start to regain control of their lives. Stalking is a difficult and frustrating crime, being able to listen and advocate for clients is a key part of the process and is hugely beneficial. I hope to continue working within this sector and growing as an advocate.
I really enjoy keeping active by lifting weights and running and I like to relax by reading and watching stand-up comedy. I’ve worked at Aurora since June 2021 and enjoy working in a lovely team with like-minded women.
For most of my career, I have worked in the private sector, but after the COVID 19 pandemic hit I wanted to, as clichéd as it sounds, make a difference and help to support those who have been experiencing stalking. Stalking is a unique crime, sometimes you can’t physically see the crime that has been committed – like you would in a burglary. It’s important to me that my clients know that not only do I believe them and that I will be there to support them every step of the way but that stalking is a crime and is not acceptable – whatever the circumstances.
Lynne (Armed Forces)
As the armed forces advocate for domestic abuse sexual violence and stalking I am unbelievably passionate about what I do.
No one thinks past DA to what might come next. It’s always looked at as a continuation of the abuse and to use the word stalking can sometimes be seen as us being “dramatic women”, especially within the forces. Even more so if it’s not an ex-partner.
We hear phrases like “well she is a pretty thing, she should love the attention” or “you’re behind the wire, whoever it is can’t get you so it’s not that bad”.
You can never underestimate or even fully understand the horrifying impact stalking has on victims.
I learn something new about the lengths a stalker will go to in every case. Whether we know who the stalker is or not.
I am the voice of the victim when the situation is terrifying yet no one will listen.
I am the safety net always ready to believe them I will help educate the armed forces to understand that stalking is very real and won’t just go away.
I will never stop fighting for my clients.
Why do I do this work?
Because serving soldiers are human and suffer the impact of stalking like every other victim. They deserve to be believed, supported and most importantly safe.
We are funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the IOW and for our Armed forces work we receive funding from the Army Central Fund.
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