Sharon Bryan has worked in the field of Violence against Women and Girls for the last 20 years. She developed and managed the first IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) service in Westminster. She is Vice Chair of the Westminster Domestic Violence Forum and Chair of the forum’s Legal Issues sub group and was instrumental in campaigning for the first Domestic Violence Court in Westminster.
Sharon specialises in survivor consultation and intervention, risk assessment, facilitation of The Freedom Programme and Multi-Agency training. She also trains student social workers and offers supervision to other professionals who work with women who have/are experiencing Domestic Abuse. Sharon has extensive experience of delivering consultation to Social Workers and Child Protection Chairpersons. She is a qualified IDVA and sits on the Westminster MARAC panel. Sharon is an accomplished public speaker and has been involved in media work to raise awareness of Violence against Women and Girls including being on television, radio and writing numerous newspaper and magazine articles. She has also been an expert witness in criminal and civil courts of law.
From 2000 to 2004, she was on the board of trustees for the Women’s Aid Federation of England. She was awarded ‘Survivor of the Year’ in 2012 by the Women’s Aid Federation of England, in association with Avon and Marie Claire magazine. In 2015, Sharon was nominated and shortlisted for The Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize, for her services to women experiencing domestic abuse.