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Star of The Voice and domestic abuse advocate join Wolverhampton's The Haven

By Annabal Bagdi | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Survivors of domestic abuse hoping to empower vulnerable women have pledged their support to a safe haven.

Megan Reece, star of BBC's The Voice, and advocate Sam Billingham have been named as ambassadors for Wolverhampton's The Haven.

The pair will now spread their message of hope to women across the region and raise awareness of the life-changing impact of domestic violence.

Jade Secker, senior community fundraiser at The Haven, said: "We are so delighted that both Megan and Sam accepted the role of ambassador.

"They have been nothing short of amazing so far and are both incredibly enthusiastic to do all that they can to ensure women and children in our city can be free from domestic abuse.”

Mother-of-one Miss Billingham fled her abusive relationship 13 years ago and has since launched her own support group Survivors of Domestic Abuse (SODA).

She did not realise she was a victim of abuse until she left her partner and now wants to raise awareness of violent relationships.

The 38-year-old will volunteer in a refuge operated by The Haven twice a week, as well as battle to curb stigmas and myths surrounding domestic abuse online and at events.

Miss Billingham, who lives in Quarry Bank, said: "After being in such a dark place for so long and being told you are worthless by my abuser, there is nothing more humbling than being an ambassador for a charity that reaches out and supports so many people affected by domestic abuse and homelessness.

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"Being asked to be an official ambassador for The Haven gives hope and inspiration to others and is also a proud sense of achievement for me also.”

Wolverhampton singer Ms Reece left her abusive relationship six years ago and later found fame on 2016's singing contest The Voice.

The 32-year-old will now work closely with The Haven team to educate youngsters, delivering talks and projects with schools across the area.

Her work will see her travel across the Black Country to raise awareness of healthy and unstable relationships, as well as spotting the signs of abuse.

The mother-of-five, who lives in Chapel Ash, said: "I accepted the role of ambassador for The Haven, because I know from experience the life-changing help they can offer.

"I also hope that I can show the current service users of the Haven that their lives will change, they will recover and that with time and the right support and empowerment, they can heal."

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at head office in Wolverhampton. Get in touch on 01902 319 229 or at annabal.bagdi@expressandstar.co.uk

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