About this event

The 32nd talk of the APS talks series, ‘Behind closed doors - The reality of domestic violence’, will be presented by Shakira Fenech on Thursday 15 February 2024 at 18:30.

Register to join this talk where Shakira will uncover the hidden truths of domestic violence. Meaningful support for survivors can only be provided through a deeper understanding of the challenges faced behind closed doors. Hailing from the SOAR Service at the St Jeanne Antide Foundation, Shakira will also delve into the various support services available, empowering the audience to seek assistance and support for themselves and others.

Join this crucial conversation about domestic violence and contribute to the creation of a safer community.


18:30: Introduction

18:35: Presentation by Shakira Fenech

19:20: Q&A

Central European Time (CET)


Shakira Fenech

Shakira is a dedicated professional at St Jeanne Antide Foundation (SJAF), working specifically in a peer-support service, known as ‘SOAR’, where they support women and children survivors of domestic violence who are trying to restart their lives in the community. Shakira demonstrates unwavering resilience in navigating challenging situations. Drawing upon her background in Health and Social Care, Shakira has five years of experience supporting individuals facing diverse and complex issues. Amidst the unrelenting challenges of the pandemic, she remains steadfast, finding solace in the support and others who believe in the service, particularly SOAR’s young members. Committed to breaking the cycle of abuse, Shakira passionately shares kindness, especially with younger individuals, fostering a vision of a world where mutual understanding and care take precedence. Her big goal is to break the cycle of abuse, and often says: "It takes a whole community to raise a child."

The St Jeanne Antide Foundation (SJAF) is a registered social purpose non-profit organisation, offering professional support to vulnerable individuals and families facing challenging circumstances. Administered by a Governing Board, SJAF provides holistic support, focusing on listening, connecting to appropriate services, restoring dignity, and guiding towards self-reliance. With diverse services spanning family support, mental health, domestic violence, and education, SJAF collaborates with community organizations and state agencies. The foundation's ethos emphasises a compassionate and respectful approach, creating a welcoming environment that fosters human dignity and self-acceptance.

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