Author from Forest Gate publishes book raising awareness of domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 10:58 19 June 2018

Pamela Haynes. Picture: Susan Brookes-Morris

Pamela Haynes. Picture: Susan Brookes-Morris

Susan Brookes-Morris

An author from Forest Gate has written a book to raise awareness of the dangers of domestic abuse.

Pamela Haynes, 50, wanted to write a book which showed how domestic abuse can effect any woman regardless of age, profession or class.

She said: “I am particularly keen to help educate girls and young women about the importance of good self-esteem and healthy relationships.”

The author, who grew up in Canning Town, said: “I want all of us whether we are work colleagues, friends or relatives to take notice and reach out if we suspect someone is being abused.”

The book follows three women who meet and end up marrying three Jamaican brothers, Manley, Marcus and Junior Morgan.

These women are Patti, a probation officer in Camden, Charmaine, a busy mother of twins, and a pastor’s wife with five daughters.

Pamela, who has a degree in criminal justice at Kingston University, says that although her experience informs her writing, the story is entirely fictional.

She is a senior probation officer and has previously worked with domestic abuse victims.

Pamela said: “Through my work I have been privileged to hear many real accounts from both sides about this topic, but the book is purely fictional.

“I believe however that the story is told with a real understanding of the many complex issues involved.

“I have seen how men use domestic abuse as a way to exert power and control in relationships. This can be in intimate partnerships, in elderly abuse situations and child abuse.

“The aspect I want to shine a light on is domestic abuse from a female’s point of view. Love and relationships are not supposed to hurt or be painful. There is no place for violence in a loving relationship.”

Pamela has had to juggle her writing career with her family responsibilities.

She said: “Writing can be challenging, especially when you are working around family life, but I am already working on a sequel, ‘Loving the Sisters’ and plan to complete the trilogy. I feel so passionate about this topic.”

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