About Us


Our vision is a world free from Domestic Abuse


We offer sanctuary, support and empowerment to anyone affected by Domestic Abuse and enable children to be seen, heard and validated. We challenge mind sets to change attitudes and facilitate informed choices.


• To offer protection for survivors and their children

• To work towards the prevention of Domestic Abuse

• To provide effective services

• To undo the harm caused by Domestic Abuse

We work with a trauma-informed, needs led and holistic approach to support survivors of Domestic Abuse and their children. We seek to empower our clients to make informed choices about their lives and if necessary to advocate for them with other agencies, professionals and groups in order that they are treated with respect, dignity and understanding.

As well as our direct client work, we are also committed to improving responses to and understanding of Domestic Abuse in our community, both locally and further afield. We aim to influence legislation, strategies and culture to bring about a more equal society and, to end the devastation that abuse in relationships and families causes to survivors and children.

Susan Rose - Chair of Trustees

Susan is an Associate Professor of Marketing Management at Henley Business School. She is an academic in the business field and works at Henley Business School - part of the University of Reading which she joined after many years in industry. Her experience is in business strategy and operations, marketing and brand management.


Richard Foster - Treasurer

Richard has worked in financial services for more than 30 years and has been Managing Director for an asset management company for 7 years.  He is the Treasurer for Your Sanctuary and advises on investment and banking related matters together with financial strategy.


Jon Croydon

Jon joined the Trustee Board in 2013 bringing with him a wealth of IT experience.  He has worked in the IT industry for around 30 years and spent the last 15 years in various leadership and business management roles.  His is currently the Managing Director of Rico, a European IT services company.


Dr Merion Williams

Merion is a General Practitioner working in primary care with a special interest in Women’s Health matters and contraception.

Board of Trustees

Louise Tait

Louise is Managing Director of Beatmondays Ltd, which provides consultancy and interim support to both non-profit and commercial businesses. Louise worked in the high tech industry for 12 years, where she led multi-national engineering training and development teams. In 2007, following the birth of her third daughter, Louise changed career direction and now brings 14 years of professional fundraising and charity sector management experience to the Board.

Jackie Ward

Jackie is a Consultant Practitoner within a Fostering and Adoption Agency. Prior to qualifying as a social worker, Jackie worked in a variety of commericial roles including Sales Support; Logistics; Project Management and Management Reporting.  Jackie brings knowledge of how effective intervention  can have a positive and lasting impact on a child's well-being, resilience and outcome; her commercial experience has equipped her with extensive project management, planning and communications skills. 

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