I became a Founder Member of the first Muslim Women’s Help Line in the UK. Still operational today as the Muslim Community Help Line, it now serves men too.
In the early 2000’s the words Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence & Coercive Control entered my lexicon and I became a Domestic Violence Trainer and Freedom Programme Facilitator in 2006.
Women on the Freedom Programme described their partners as ‘toxic’. To understand the how and why of abusers' behaviours, I ventured into the Criminal Justice System. I found their histories littered with unresolved trauma and pain. I became a Probation Officer.
I worked with high risk sexual and violent offenders (youth and adult) in the community and in custody and managed women-only caseloads which were often chaotic because of the abuses they had suffered. Then I found the book 'The Body Keeps the Score' (see resource list). It was a treasure.
My Masters thesis made me realise I needed to create a platform to address the universal phenomenon of the time when 'girls become women' - the most crippling time in the lives of far too many girls. The time that confirms them as invisible and unseen; a replaceable commodity.
While it's been difficult working voluntarily with women and girls experiencing abuse, I decided to become a Certified Facilitator for the Trauma Recovery Programme. I knew it was time to write my own Chapter, 'Inshiraa' - Heart Openings.
25+ years experience working with women and children experiencing abuse in the UK, USA & Pakistan, helping them navigate education and health systems.
12+ years in the UK Criminal Justice System - Probation and Youth Offending. In 2012 I worked with orphans in Egypt to prevent boys from entering extremism and girls from entering prostitution.
12 months providing Trauma Informed services to address unresolved trauma and pain points of my clientele, so they can feel safe and secure, to live and love freely.