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‘My partner stabbed me, now I tackle violence against women'

SURVIVOR: Tanya Pinnock

TANYA PINNOCK has spent years tackling the issue of violence and against women and girls, specialising in working with vulnerable young women.

Currently, Tanya is a frontline practitioner working with vulnerable girls and young women at risk of sexual exploitation. She has numerous years experience of working in the field.

She is a passionate and dedicated advocate of domestic abuse awareness, with extensive insight into the latest research.

Tanya has a passion for mentoring women and girls who have experienced domestic abuse or are at risk. She has delivered training throughout the UK to a wide range of professionals, including doctors and social workers, aimed at enhancing the services and intervention offered to victims.

Her informative workshops on helping abused women began in secondary schools, eventually becoming recognised by professionals for her dedication.

They have since requested to be delivered to a wider audience and diverse array of professionals.

My motivation developed… as a result of experiencing domestic violence for over seven years, subsequently, leading to me being stabbed repeatedly by a former partner.

A career highlight was… successfully completing a BA Education Studies Degree – I achieved a 2:1.

I also contributed to the strategy to combat violence against women and girls, speaking at numerous events addressing domestic violence and gender equality.

I am passionate about the experiences of African and Caribbean young people who have been affected by domestic violence. This is an area of interest because my personal experience identified it as one that has been is under-researched.

I am inspired by… the resilience and strength of women and girls who achieve despite adversities in their lives.

My role model is… Oprah Winfrey.

The best part of my job is… being able to have positive interactions with young people that will empower them into making informed choices.

In my spare time I… enjoy cooking. In fact, I am currently in the process of launching my own catering business.

I would tell my younger self to… believe in your capabilities and never doubt that you are capable of achieving your goals and aspirations.

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