Why doesn’t she just leave? 4.30-5.30pm

Thursday, 4.30 – 5.30pm

Victims of domestic violence face multiple challenges to leaving abusive relationships.  These struggles are often misunderstood by family, friends and the general public. This event will explore these obstacles and suggest ways in which our perceptions can be changed. Featuring Pamela Zaballa and Helen Sweeney from Hestia, Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Mouna El Ogbani and Peter Kelly from Gallop.


Pamela ZaballaPamela Zaballa, Head of Women and Children’s Services at Hestia. Pamela started working with domestic abuse victims in Manhattan Family Court as IDVA case manager. In the UK, she held several roles as services manager and senior manager for a national provider of domestic abuse services. At Hestia, Pamela has had the opportunity to develop multiple new services as Group Manager for Women’s Services. Currently, she is the Policy Head of Women and Children services. Pamela was a Trustee for Central American Women’s Network for over three years and holds an MA in Poverty, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction from The University of Manchester.

Helen Sweeney is the Hestia Domestic Abuse Service Manager in Westminster. She has extensive experience working directly with victims of abuse and managing different types of services for them such as refuges, IDVA, floating support and peer to peer support. She has been a lecturer of Psychology and Statistics at university level and is qualified social worker.

Mouna El OgbaniMouna El Ogbani is an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor. Mouna started working with domestic abuse victims at Al-Hasaniya as a Domestic Violence Outreach Worker in 2004. Since this time, she has rapidly progressed in her personal and professional development and in 2013 successfully completed the CAADA IDVA qualification. Specialising in her field of working with BME communities, Mouna is now the lead VAWG staff member within Al-Hasaniya’s services and has recently taken up the role of the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate working with 9 agencies across the tri-borough area (RBKC, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster) as part of the newly formed Angelou Partnership.

Peter Kelley is Coordinator of the LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership. Peter has worked at Galop for over eight years after 10 years of working in research and education. He was a case worker for LGBT survivors of DVA and hate crime for four years before becoming coordinator for the LGBT DAP – a pan-London partnership providing help and advice for survivors of domestic violence. Peter is also Service Manager for Galop, the LGBT anti-violence charity.

Tickets are free and are available on Eventbrite – book early to avoid disappointment as space at the venue is very limited.