February: Sue

Sue Davis is the Operations Manager at Changing Pathways. She has worked in the domestic abuse sector since 2000, when she started as a volunteer at Thurrock Women's Aid. Sue is also a qualified therapist and works part time as a couple's counsellor with Relate.

What made you decide to work with people experiencing domestic abuse?

My own personal experience, and the support I received from Women’s Aid, to enable me to become a survivor. Also my personal beliefs that all individuals deserve the right to live a life free from violence and abuse.

What are some of the challenges of being a service manager?

The challenges are often the lack of funding invested in DVA  services to be able to continue to support victims.

What keeps you going when the work gets tough?

The fantastic organisation that I am proud to be part of. We offer a needs led strength based approach at Changing Pathways to assist victims and children that experience abuse. We have a dedicated CEO and a supportive board that provide a secure base for staff to operate an effective service.

What are you most proud of so far?

The organisation is currently working towards the SafeLives Leading Lights accreditation and I attended the Service Manager training and passed with a merit.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering this career, what would it be?

Be patient and be encouraging. The challenges that you may face every day will be worth it for the positive changes that individuals make on their recovery to freedom.  

 

Do you know a professional who has gone above and beyond to change the response to domestic abuse and keep survivors and their families safe? Nominate someone for Star of the Month by emailing communications@safelives.org.uk with ‘Star of the Month’ as the subject line