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 campaigner and independent consultant for causes 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 of the far reaching effects of Domestic Abuse, both on a personal level and in wider 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.
Natasha played a vital part in changing the law early in 2021, alongside Refuge's #TheNakedThreat campaign they succeeded in seeing threats to share intimate images outlawed in England and Wales under the Domestic Abuse Bill and was thanks twice in one session in the House of Commons on the day of Royal Assent. Natasha liaised on the campaign with a number of politicians and also gratefully had the support of Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards and The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan. 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.
Along with her extensive work in the media, Natasha gives both keynote and motivational speeches to a variety of audiences. She has also developed an innovative and engaging talk for delivery to alongside corporate training to educate and support staff in a modern and progressive business world. Natasha is also available for independent consultation and has brought a variety of experience and insight to numerous agencies so far in 2021.