High Sheriff honour for domestic abuse campaigner - The Leamington Observer

High Sheriff honour for domestic abuse campaigner

Leamington Editorial 28th Apr, 2022   0

THE FOUNDER of an organisation set up to help parents and carers experiencing a hidden form of domestic abuse has been honoured by the outgoing High Sheriff of Warwickshire.

Michelle John launched PEGS in 2019 to support families impacted by Child to Parent Abuse (CPA), a type of abuse that can encompass a range of behaviours including physical, verbal and financial, and which is estimated to impact at least three per cent of UK households.

The not-for-profit organisation also works alongside professionals including the police and social services to provide training in CPA, as well as helping inform national and regional policies around domestic abuse.

The work of PEGS was formally recognised by Min Willoughby de Broke as part of her final duties in office, with Michelle being presented with a High Sheriff Award.

Lady Willoughby de Broke explained: “I had the privilege during my shrieval year of being introduced to Michelle and, having learned about the work she and her team do to support those in need, I acknowledged very quickly how deserving of recognition she was.

“Her organisation is remarkable, and I know that the work they’re doing not only in Warwickshire but across the entire country, is changing the lives of so many people.”

PEGS was also given a donation from the High Sheriff Endowment Fund via the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Michelle said: “Myself and the whole PEGS team are so proud to have been presented with this award and are honoured to have the work we do within our communities recognised in this way.

“The donation also kindly given to us by the High Sheriff will help us continue to support families in very real need, and we’re hugely grateful.”

Visit www.pegsupport.com for more information.

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