In February of this year, this video came up on my timeline showing Jennifer Gilmour, a local lady and her own experiences of domestic violence.
Until recently I wasn’t aware of coercive abuse, but I now know I went through it myself for many years.
To hear Jennifer talk it made it all real and made me question my own decisions in relationships, especially when it came to friends and family.Domestic abuse is not just violence, the emotional control eats away at you, until you lose all self esteem, blaming yourself for everything that is happening. Click To Tweet
If you or anyone you know recognises any of the signs in the video, I urge you to follow Jennifer on her social media channels.
In Jennifer’s words
Jennifer Gilmour is a domestic abuse survivor and has received an award for using social media for good with The UK & European Social Media Marketing Awards 2019. The Social Media Marketing awards recognise the best campaigns, individuals and tools in Social Media Marketing.
Jennifer is an author and advocate for women in abusive relationships, using her own experiences of domestic abuse as a catalyst to bring awareness and to help others. Jennifer has published two publications, Isolation Junction and Clipped Wings which have both been Amazon Best Sellers and received awards. Jennifer speaks at events across the UK and continues to raise awareness through her blog posts, public speaking, radio interviews and social media.
Jennifer has listened to her readers and has grown a digital community to support discussions around domestic abuse online. Starting with her Twitter Chat which opened late 2017 #AbuseTalk, this developed into an online forum in 2018. This year Jennifer launched a series of interviews with those in the sector and gives followers the opportunity to ask burning questions.
Jennifer says: “I was in shock when my name was announced, I am honestly honoured to win an award that recognises using social media for good. I felt like I was representing all those who have experienced domestic abuse. Together we are louder”
The awards took place on the 14th October in London at Cafe De Paris, the awards happened to have fallen within Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The judges included Ed Couchman (general manager of Snapchat), Matt Navarra (social and digital consultant), Beckii Flint (Influencer), Daniel Collins (Content Strategist for Penguin Random House/Harper Collins/Nickelodeon and more), Vicky Banham (TikTok Creator), Emma McCarthy (Community Leadership Strategist), Kirstie Smith (Social Media and Digital Marketer), Shelley Grierson (Ms Great Britain Finalist), Alex Packham (Founder and CEO of ContentCal), Robert Craven (Founder of Grow Your Digital Agency Initiative).
You can find Jennifer using @JenLGilmour on social media platforms.
Jennifer is available for interview and my contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org and 07977229001.
Website: www.jennifergilmour.comI am proud to call Jen my friend, her resilience and tenacity for awareness around domestic abuse shines through her. #AbuseTalk Click To Tweet