2017 shortlist

We have an amazing selection of nominees for this year's EHMP awards. This year's prize will be held at the FiLiA conference on 14th of October - we can't wait to see you there to celebrate all our wonderful campaigners.

2017 EHMP individual award shortlist

Alison Inman is a life long feminist campaigner and social housing champion. She uses her position within the social housing movement to push domestic violence towards the centre of the housing agenda - most recently making tackling domestic abuse the theme of her year as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 


Chlo Winfield - after having to push the police to take action in relation to the abuse that she had experienced as a young teenager, Chlo began to campaign around the domestic and sexual abuse of young women. She began with presentations to students and staff at her school, before setting up the campaigning organisation Speak Out, running awareness raising training for professionals, and contributing to policy on a national level, all whilst completing her GCSEs and A Levels.



Gemma Aitchinson founded the organisation Yes Matters to tackle vicim blaming and sexual objectification following the rape and murder of her younger sister in 2013. She campaigns for the education of young people on consent, abuse, and sexual violence. Most recently she has worked with the shadow minister for Women and Equalities to secure consent-based sex education policy in schools.


Helen Steel is one of eight women who together brought a ground-breaking civil claim against the Metropolitan police for their abusive practice of enabling undercover police officers to form long term intimate relationships with the women they were spying on. Helen was pivotal in organising the claimants, waived her anonymity and gave press interviews in order to ensure maximum media coverage, and has always been insistent on highlighting the police abuse as a form of violence against women. 


Jessica Eaton conducts research and campaigns around victim blaming targeted at women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. She blogs at victimfocus.org.uk and is a PhD researcher in the forensic psychology in victim blaming. She runs open-access events on victim blaming, self-blame, and the revictimisation of women and has been commissioned to write the national evidence review on Child Sexual Exploitation and has been announced as the chair of the parliamentary conference on Violence Against Women and Girls.


Jill Saward passed away at the beginning of 2017. Her activism following her experience of being raped in a high profile assault in 1986 had a huge impact on the public understanding of sexual violence. She waived her anonymity to produce videos and a book which are still used by sexual violence services today. At the time of her death she was working on JURIES - a campaign for the mandatory education of sex crimes juries about rape myths. 


Linda Kirk used her own money to pilot a women’s centre in County Durham and it is now a thriving women’s community run, decorated, and financed (through a craft shop) by the women who use it. The centre has put out pamphlets about what they do for the local community and these have been used by the women to speak out about their experiences of abuse.


Nicola Sharp-Jeffs has become the leading expert on financial abuse in the UK. She has been campaigning for greater awareness of this form of abuse for the last ten years and in early 2017 she launched Surviving Economic Abuse - the UK’s first dedicated organisation working on this issue. She is co-editing a book on financial abuse and contributes to banking industry working groups on domestic abuse. 



Sara Rowbotham was a social worker in Rochdale who was one of the few to pick up on the organised sexual exploitation of young girls in the local area. After fighting for years to get other statutory services to pick up on this abuse Sara was forced to whistleblow, which bought serious consequences for her career. This year Sara was portrayed in the BBC drama 3 Girls, which has done further work in raising awareness of child sexual exploitation.


2017 EHMP group award shortlist


Action Breaks Silence is an educational charity working in India, South Africa, and the UK. They offer two educational programmes: The Empowerment Programme for women and girls; and The Empathy Programme for boys. The programmes are designed to challenge stereotypes and raise awareness around sexual violence and have reached more than 47,000 young people since 2013. 


Build a Girl was founded in 2017 by Fiona Broadfoot. The project works with vulnerable young women to provide early intervention, support, as well as aiming to act to prevent these young women from being targeted for exploitation in prostitution. Already the project has enabled these young women to come together and have weekends away and spend time building bonds with each other. 


Project ACEi is a community action group which advocates against the practice of female genital mutilation in the UK and overseas through education and training programmes. The project is self funded by its founder Alimatu Dimonekene and delivers training to local authorities, the NHS, and the Metropolitan Police as well as delivering workshops and conferences to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. They also work within affected communities in the UK to challenge attitudes towards FGM. 


Yes Matters is an organisation founded by Gemma AItchinson in 2013 following the rape and murder of her younger sister. The organisation is working with survivors and communities to tackle victim blaming, and conducting research on the impact of sexual objectification on women and girls on our equal access to justice. 

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