26th October 2018
MK Act, the Domestic Abuse Services for Milton Keynes, are proud to announce that Isabel Binns, Refuge Co-ordinator, has won the category of Community Impact Professional at the Milton Keynes Women’s Leaders Awards at the Hilton Hotel Gala evening Awards ceremony.
The judges said “Isabel demonstrated modest yet inspirational leadership showing that through her team she is delivering real effect in the Milton Keynes community. She has had to accept severe challenges and to innovate and overcome these issues to deliver a continuity of service to people and families at a time of greater need.”
Also a finalist nominated for the Awards was Andrea Vincent Chair of the Trustees, for the Community Impact Volunteer category.
Mk Act (previously Milton Keynes Womens Aid) was founded in 1975. Andrea and Isabel have both been involved with the organisation for over 20 years, helping it grow and evolve into the lead agency for Domestic Abuse Services within Milton Keynes and recognised within the sector as an exemplary service.
MK Act supports over 800 victims of Domestic Abuse each year. The lifesaving service comprises of a Crisis Intervention service offering advice, risk management and safety planning for clients in addition to advice for other agencies, a refuge offering safe accommodation for 28 women and their children, an outreach and resettlement service assisting those in the community, Fresh Start – a specialist perpetrator programme for perpetrators wishing to change their abusive behaviour, and a programmes and training project offering Domestic Abuse awareness course for victims and training for professionals.
Andrea and Isabel were delighted to be nominated for the awards and represent Mk Act. Isabel said “I was thrilled to be nominated and receive the award. It is a privilege to be involved with Mk ACT and to see the success of the many clients that we support who go on to live lives free from abuse.”
Sue Burke, Chief Executive of MK ACT said “We are so pleased to be celebrating the fantastic work of Isabel and Andrea. To receive recognition means an awful lot to MK ACT. I am so proud of Isabel and Andrea and to be working alongside a team that are so passionate in helping families move on from fear and abuse.”
For more information, or if you need support visit www.mkact.com
For more information on MK ACT visit: www.mkact.com
To find your local Women’s Aid service please click on the link below:
National Domestic Violence Helpline number is 0808 2000 247, this is a free phone helpline. A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week helpline for women experiencing domestic violence.
Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse. The free phone helpline number is 0808 801 0327. This is a Monday to Friday 9am-5pm service.
Please Note: if you fear for your safety in any way than contact the police immediately on 999.
One woman in four experiences domestic violence in her lifetime (Office for National Statistics (2016) Focus on Violent Crime and Sexual Offences, 2014/15) and two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics (2016) Compendium – Homicide (average taken over 10 years).