If you love music, inspiration, positivity and good energy …
You won’t want to miss the The Hope Gala Ball – The Masquerade Edition, along with “FORGOTTEN BLACK WOMEN HEROES” past and present. Bringing the community together, celebrating the ’75’ Platinum years of Windrush. It’s a Black tie dinner and dance
Fundraising for survivors of domestic abuse to empower them to take their power back and reclaim their lives!
Every ticket you buy helps & supports this cause!!
The funds from the ball, as mentioned above will go to help survivors of domestic abuse, this is all. done via GEM – The Global Empowerment Movement. GEM is a not for profit organisation that helps and supports women and girls to find practical solutions to overcome emotional challenges and provides life skills and tools to increase confidence and self-esteem, therefore allowing them to rebuild their lives and have a sense of wellbeing.
16th April 2020 – the world was locked down, in the early hours of the morning the police were called to speak to Denise about the revenge porn her estranged husband had posted. The officers took their notes and left at 1:30 – if only they’d done a quick search of the garden!
An hour later Denise had been doused in petrol and set on fire, she was rushed to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Her estranged husband admitted in court to being controlling and jealous, he maintained that he hadn’t meant to kill her, even though a voice note he’d left her the evening before said “I really hope you suffer and die.”
His internet searched showed that he’d been searching for what is the best way to use a knife and kill someone, along with insanity in English law and cases where the insanity defence worked!
What frustrates me so much about this is it could all have been prevented if a police officer had done her job properly.
Denise first reported her ex in January 2020 for domestic abuse.
The officer involved cancelled interviews with Denise’s ex three times – she never spoke to him at all and then closed the case on April 6th, just 10 days before he took Denises life.
The officer involved in this case has lost her job, in the words of the IOPC for a shocking dereliction of duty. This officer failed Denise and Denises family, this happens way too often, she should have done more and taken Denises allegations seriously. She should have followed the reasonable lines of enquiry which her supervisor had set then maybe Denise would still be here today.
There is a perception that black women are strong and don’t need as much support, this is so WRONG.
We need the same amount of support as white women. We need to be seen and heard from a humanity stand point!
From my own experiences of dealing with the police for a personal matter if I was upset and emotional I had mental health issues, if I was calm and dealing with it I didn’t need support, I was damned either way.
My career has come full circle after leaving the DA, I’m working with a charity in London empowering woman & girls who are victims & survivors of domestic abuse to live better lives, in safety and learn to go from being a victim, to a survivor and find their true voice.
So you may be that woman who is sick and tired of being sick and tired with your life…You seem to take 2 steps forward but FEELS like you have taken 100 steps backwards all at the same time.
You may just want to be able to express yourself at the highest expression of who you are and change your life.This might be your story, and it doesn’t feel good … does it?
You might be at a place where you’ve been single for a long time and you want to meet the person of your dreams. This may be where you’re at, and you’re just totally like, how am I going to do that there are no men out there….
Wherever you find yourself & whatever the issue is, I’m here to tell you it’s ok… and I have amazing news and have an exciting opportunity for you from the fourth of October, I will be running a 21 day, online programme “How to Love Yourself“.
This means that for 21 days. I’m going to be committed to you and other like-minded women who want to improve their lives, their relationships and create the life of their dreams. Let’s face it, we got to work on ourselves first… right!
My grandmother and otherwise women used to say…you have to learn to dance a yard before you go abroad.
Which basically means, learn to do what you’re doing well, where you are, be comfortable in your own surrounding in your own environments before you go out and do something in other surroundings –
Fall madly in love with yourself first… Appreciate yourself Accept yourself Acknowledge yourself Align with yourself Affirm before you do that with anybody else.
So I’m inviting you, even if you are married and you feel like your relationship is a little stuck, or you’re in at a bit of a stalemate, or you may just think, cha, I just need something that will help me to reconnect with my partner.
This 21-day online experience has been specifically designed for you so that you are able to rise, thrive and live the life of your dreams.
So if this sounds like something you need and it’s something you want that’s going help you to navigate yourself that one step closer to your goal, click the link and book yourself on it, without delay, and you won’t regret it.
With speaker & presentation Master Coach and Trainer Yvonne Michele Award-winning radio talk show Host & survivor and activist against child sexual abuse & violence against women
Would You Like to Increase Your CONFIDENCE, boost your self-esteem, & know your true Value?
Would you like to become a leading innovator in your chosen career?
Do You have a passion/Hobby that you wish to turn in to profit-making business, and gain a larger social network and improve your social SKILLS?
Do you have a story to share with the world – let us help you turn your mess into a life-changing message…
Come along to our weekly sessions that will help you to develop and empower yourself, learn new skills, find solutions to the challenges that affect your life and the lives of other women in your community.
These sessions will be hosted by qualified NLP Practitioners & experts who will equip you with tools and skills that will help you heal, re-discover your power, rebuild and redesign your life & Business into something barely recognizable
This is a life-changing project that is focused on improving emotional literacy, uplifting, empowering, transforming women within our community.
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This journey of ‘coming out’ has had so many twists and turns, I’ve lost many friendships who didn’t agree with my openness on this subject but at the same time, I’ve gained some incredible new friends who are supportive & caring unconditionally. I knew speaking out wasn’t going to be easy, I knew it was what I should do, I knew I need to do it , but, I was petrified. How could I be so terrified of letting others know that there is life after trauma?
What would everyone think of me? That was one of the questions that plagued my mind…
I have been living in fear for most of my life, I didn’t realise I was living in fear, I was too busy wearing a mask and pretending that I was ok….. but what does ok really mean?
I ask that question because that’s the question I have been asked time and time again…since I can remember. My answer remained the same for thirty-seven years …it was a lie that was killing me, strangling the life out of me inside.
5 years ago I made the decision to take off the mask and that day was the beginning of my true recovery.
To be honest the road to recovery takes a lot of energy and requires hard work, perseverance, forgiveness, determination, having a thick skin & self-belief. It’s not easy, there are constant challenges but it is achievable ….
With a good support system/network, a lot of self care and learning to take one step at a time, remaining in my present, NLP therapy, renewing my mind daily & trusting my faith in God, I was able to face the secrets, self hate, the shame & separation of my past to start creating and living a breathtaking life.
Speaking out and telling my truth is another part of the process of MY healing and restoration. I believe that unless we really start talking about the issues of abuse, exposing those who have perpetrated and challenging the judicial system it will continue in this vicious cycle.
Time is Up!
We cannot change the past but we can leave it behind, walk forward and embrace a breathtaking future with our heads held high. It’s time to live in the truth. Face the demons that have haunted our minds for so long; Conquer every fear, activate our power to live in the NOW.
We all have a responsibility to tell our stories, by doing so we empower others to tell their own stories and regain their life back too.
Together we are the Voice of Freedom, together our voices become the echo that brings down the walls of silence, shame, and separation. Together we are strong, together we are powerful, together we will become the voice that will rebuild, restructure and redefine the judicial system once and for all!
There is HOPE … let us rise together!
Read part of my story in this week’s issue of The Voice Newspaper
By: Marcia Dixon
Photography by: Joy Jobi
Support Network: Transformation Power House (Gee Abiah Patchett)
Reconnected Life (Emily Jacob)
To Purchase: To Report or Not yo Report Survivors Testimony of the (In) Justice System.
Click below to go to the dedicated website.
Royalties to the charities chosen by the survivor-authors.
Have you ever been in a situation where YOU are the only thing standing in your way of receiving the breakthrough you know you deserve?
Have you ever procrastinated over something that you knew you needed to do, something that could essentially change your life for the better, even forever?
Of course, you have! We all do at some stage …
Well, that was me less than 24 hours ago; things in life are changing rapidly and moving so quickly … You better keep up!! I’m ready to go to the next level in my life but my little old ‘frienemy’ FEAR stood up in my chest and tried to hold me back! I can tell you, the sweat that poured from my head😰👩🏾 could have filled a bucket, my heart was pounding so hard through my chest I thought it was going to burst through, all I had to do was make a decision and answer a simple question of YES or No!
So do you know what I did … I said YES!
When you focus on and say YES to your own aspirations and dreams, it opens you up to the core of life itself.
Saying YES pushes you past fear, doubt and sometimes shame, and reconnects you with the goddess within.
When you say YES you are giving yourself permission to acknowledge, accept and align with your higher calling & purpose and that same YES will allow you to share your gifts and passion with the world!
Let your YES Be Bold – Let your YES be Fearless – Let your YES be Authentic – Let you’re YES be YOU!!!