Lottery Community Fund
Police, fire and crime commissioner for essex

Survivor and insight network

Where people who have lived the experience of the impact of domestic abuse are asked to feed into future training and awareness for employers, statutory agencies and those working within the community. 

Our Survivor and Insight Network is an opportunity to share your lived experience and expertise with others in a variety of different ways.  We are passionate about ‘Embedding Culture and Building Understanding around Domestic Abuse across Communities and Workforces’ and are particularly interested in hearing from people that experienced the impact of domestic abuse either directly or indirectly through a family member, friend or work colleague. 

Your experience and story could go on to influence future training for employers, statutory agencies and those working in the community.  You can do this confidentially by sending us an initial email to where we can arrange for you to talk directly to one of our specialist team.  We will support you to share whatever you want to share in the way you want to share it.  

Our regular Survivor and Insight Groups bring together those with lived experience, survivors, employers, and specialists in a safe environment where some of these stories are shared by those that have been most affected and where we can build a better way of reaching those affected sooner.

Meet our ambassadors

Fiona Bowman

Fiona bowman

  • From the outside, her life looked perfect.

  • But going for a drink after work could mean a beating from her husband the next day. 
  • She stayed off work when bruises were obvious and felt too ashamed and frightened to confide in friends or family.
  • ‘I used to love Mondays, going to work, being the person I really was -not this victim who was being abused’
  • At one point I was going to throw myself in front of a train at Waverley Station. At the last moment I stopped and thought there must be more to life than this.


Did you wake pet?

From the cupboard to the city……..’

  • After a particularly violent incident when Fiona was forced to tell her Manager, things took a surprising turn.
  • They got her a job in London, covered her tracks – and Fiona left with just a suitcase.
  • She said: ‘That was what saved me. They gave me time off to see a solicitor and sort things out. The leaving was hardest’.
  • Fiona’s subsequent successful career and campaigning has earned her enormous respect and admiration from within the corporate sector as well as the domestic abuse sector


Did you wake pet?

natalie queiroz

  • On Friday 4th March 2016 at 15:10 near a busy town centre, an 8 month pregnant Natalie – was stabbed 24 times with a 12 inch carving knife lasting a horrific 9 minutes.
  • After suffering appalling multiple life-critical wounds and surviving against all medical odds, she awoke from her coma to find out it was her partner that had committed this horrific attack.
  • It is seen as one of the most shocking attempted domestic homicides ever and Natalie, despite surviving, has been left with long term and life-changing physical and emotional damage…..


Did you wake pet?

an inspirational fight for survival…

  • Natalie’s story will inspire you; as despite her life changing immeasurably, she has gone on inspire others in many different ways which she will share in her story.
  • Natalie campaigns around changing the narratives and stereotypes that we have around domestic abuse.  It really can happen to anyone.
  • She has gone on to become an expert in knife and gang crime where she speaks to young people in pupil referral units and schools around the reality of knife crime.

Our survivor and insight network Aims

  • Shared experiences will go on to inform future awareness and training sessions across communities.
  • Survivors and those with powerful ground level insight will have the opportunity to shape future best practice.
  • Sharing lived experiences will offer whole communities and workforces a framework to understand some of the complexities of domestic abuse for victims and survivors.
  • Early intervention saves lives – this is the opportunity to prevent domestic abuse homicides.


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