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20 years I stayed silent. Not because I had nothing to say, but because I was told I would die if I did.
Having barely escaped with my life after attempted murder and horrific acts of domestic abuse and sexual violence, plus two failed forced marriage attempts, all committed by the people I was meant to trust, my own parents, I stand here today proud to have taken back the voice that was so viciously stolen from me.
My name is Raj Holness, and from fearful victim to fearless victor, I am a Survivor.
I broke my silence and was reborn with one mission: To put an end to domestic abuse for good, and I stand for all women who have ever suffered so no more have to suffer the same.
I am forever grateful to my team, without whom our good work wouldn’t be possible.
Forward Ladies The Midlands Regional Inspiring Leader Award 2017
Forward Ladies The National Highly Commendable Inspiring Leader 2017
MBCC Charitable Business Fundraiser Award 2017
Community Champion Asian Business Award 2016
West Midlands Woman of the Year 2015
West Midlands Most Inspirational Woman 2015
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I travel around the country speaking at organisations and highlighting the cause and effects of domestic abuse on both the victim and those close to them.
With over 200 public appearances including The House Of Commons, and over 1000 women, men and young people helped so far, I continue to devote my life to sharing my horrific tale in the hope it inspires those who need our help to come forward and take it.
Speaking topics include:
- Rising from the ashes of domestic abuse
- Leading and inspiring women to take control of their lives
- How to overcome emotional and physical abuse through self-love
- Women helping women
- Abused women regaining control and pursuing a meaningful career