Domestic abuse is no respecter of person, social class, colour or creed; this is the message that Marie Hanson brings to TED. She takes us through a moment of sheer terror when her abuser threatens to throw her baby out of the window. Forced to take refuge in her car with three small children, she has nowhere to turn. She eventually finds sanctuary in a shelter for women and discovers just how widespread the problem of domestic abuse is. Marie was eventually able to channel her own experience into support for other victims and their families and led to the foundation of her charity STORM.
Marie Hanson is the founder of STORM (Support, Trust, Opportunity, Rebuilding and Motivation), a Wandsworth-based charity helping women to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic and sexual abuse. Her own experience of domestic abuse by a former partner, which impacted one of her 6 children, was a strong motivation to start the group. With little support available around the North Battersea Estate where she lived at the time, she formed a self-help group that started with just four women.
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