If you are reading this in hope that there is more to life, or wondering how to leave. Please remember that there is nothing more precious than your life and help is out there. Above are the numbers for Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline which is open 24/7 365 and also their website which has a web chat during office hours as well as a wealth of information should you or someone you know be in an abusive situation.
IF YOU ARE IN DANGER PLEASE PHONE 999
Natasha Saunders is an active advocate and campaigner against domestic abuse after suffering eight years of sexual, mental, physical, economic and emotional abuse as well as coercive control. She is committed to raising awareness the long ranging effects of Domestic Abuse both on a personal level and as a society.
Since her perpetrator was found guilty on three counts of rape and one of sexual assault by penetration in 2018, Natasha has joined forces with Refuge, a UK Charity for women and children, against domestic abuse and helped raise vital awareness as well as much needed funds for this exceptional cause.
Now she is moving to help others understand, identify and grow by sharing her story as well as speak publicly at commercial events to share the story of her survival in addition to actively posting on social media to motivate and educate others. Natasha encourages anyone feeling alone to reach out either to Refuge or herself in whatever way is safest for them.
Alongside Refuge, Natasha supported #TheNakedThreat campaign which succeeded in seeing threats to share intimate images outlawed in England and Wales under the Domestic Abuse Bill. Natasha liaised on the campaign with a number of politicians and also gratefully had the support of Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards. During the campaign Natasha undertook everything from her own BBC 4 Radio show to live tv with Victoria Derbyshire. She appeared outside parliament in September 2020 alongside Love Islands Zara McDermott and Refuge's Cordelia Tucker-O'Sullivan to launch an ad created pro bono by agency AMV BBDO. Olivia Colman also joined them in a video directed at Home Secretary, Priti Patel.
Natasha gave a speech at the City Corporation's IWD Webinar in March 2021, alongside a panel of accomplished, empowered women such who brought a variety of experience and insight.