Joyce was born in 1956 and has six children, ranging in ages from fifteen to thirty-one, as well as recently becoming a granny for the first time. She studied holistic healing and qualified in reflexology and colour therapy. She has a BA degree in Community Development and Leadership, and works for a not-for-profit organisation as a Community Development Coordinator in the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght, where she also lives. Joyce has been involved in adult education for many years and is deeply committed to community development.
June was born in 1961 and is married with three children. She also lives in Tallaght, is qualified in holistic health and works in a women's education centre. She has a BA degree in Community Development and Leadership. June is a community activist, and a Director of the Board of the Childhood Development Initiative, a children's charity, in Tallaght West.
Born in 1963, Paula lives in Dublin with her partner of fourteen years. She returned to full-time adult education in 2000 and studied holistic therapies for two years, graduating with distinctions. She went on to study for a further four years and achieved a BSc degree in Leisure Management. Paula now works as an Administrative and Communications Coordinator for the Childhood Development Initiative, Tallaght.
Marian is the chief executive of a children's charity in Tallaght, and has previously been employed in the Department of Justice and Health Service Executive, as well as a number of not-for-profit organisations working in children's services. She wrote and developed a national youth crime prevention programme, has published articles in academic journals and is currently writing a
The women firmly believe that abuse does not have to define you and are working towards developing a workbook that will provided survivors with tools that will assist their healing processes.
They are very passionate about helping individuals to speak out about their own experiences to stop to cycle of abuse that thrives on secrecy. They wish to change perceptions that are currently held about abuse and fully believe that until we all get comfortable discussing abuse, we can not hope to eradicate it.
They are currently taking part in a number of speaking events to a variety of audiences made up of, front line workers, cousellors, abuse survivors, etc, at which they openly discuss their experiences and provide the audiences with the opportunity to ask questions. Their mission is to help individuals find their voice, to assist in the eradication of abuse and also hope to work with abusers in the future.