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Mel B has ‘mixed emotions’ as she’s awarded MBE for domestic abuse work

Former Spice Girls singer Mel B joined Women’s Aid in 2018 and said that the accolade ‘means so much’ to her and that speaking up for other women and herself has been ‘unbelievably empowering’

Mel B has said that she has “mixed emotions” after being awarded an MBE for her commitment to supporting survivors and raising awareness of domestic abuse.

The former Spice Girls singer joined Women’s Aid in 2018 and said that the accolade “means so much” to her and that speaking up for other women and herself has been “unbelievably empowering”.

Over the years, Melanie has given speeches at Women’s Aids events and performed in a moving video to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

She also launched an economic abuse report with Women’s Aid at No 10 Downing St by discussing her own experience of financial abuse and hosted a a fundraising fashion show with fellow Patron Dame Julie Walters.

Mel B has said that she has ‘mixed emotions’ after being awarded an MBE


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Melanie went on to assist Women’s Aid on advising Coronation Street on their coercive control storyline involving Yasmeen and Geoff.

She said of receiving her MBE: “This has taken so long to sink in because it means so much to me – more than anyone will ever know.

“It’s such mixed emotions. To go through such dark times and then to start coming into the light and speaking out for myself and other women has been at times incredibly painful but also unbelievably empowering.

She said that receiving the honour has taken a while to sink in


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“I feel I’m accepting this award on behalf of all women who have gone through — or going through — abuse in all its shapes and forms. I am so grateful not just to be a survivor but to have a platform to keep speaking out as Patron of Women’s Aid.”

Farah Nazeer, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Melanie has bravely spoken up about her own experiences of abuse, which have informed her work as our Patron. She has dedicated herself tirelessly to working with the charity, spending a huge amount of time meeting survivors, supporting public awareness work and creating opportunities for raising awareness of domestic abuse.

“Please join us in congratulating Melanie on a truly deserved accolade — one we know will mean so much to her.”

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