Raised in Alabama in the United States, Nicole moved to the UK in 1990s. She started her career at a rape crisis centre whilst at university, and has worked in domestic abuse, on the front line and for charities, for over two decades since.
With an estimated 2.3 million adults experiencing domestic abuse over the pandemic last year, and one in five children living with domestic abuse, Nicole’s work is more important than ever.
In April, the Domestic Abuse Bill passed through Parliament and is now law. In this episode, Nicole explains what we, as social workers, need to know about the Domestic Abuse Act and how the changes will provide further protection for victims, including children. She tells us about what her roles entails, and shares her vision for the wider changes she hope to bring about as the very first Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales.