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Eva Kestner, Finance and Admin Officer

Eva joined AVA in March 2017 after several years working in front line politics in Scotland and London. In these roles she predominantly worked on issues around inequalities and health, including leading on a consultation on achieving women's equality. She has previously ran a parliamentary office and enjoys developing her skills in financial management. She holds a MSc in public communication management and is currently undertaking a Diploma in economics.

Karen Lingwood, Trainer

Karen joined AVA in November 2017 after many years in the public sector. During this time she gained extensive experience supporting survivors of domestic abuse before moving into a strategic role. Karen is a qualified trainer with experience writing and delivering domestic abuse training programmes. She has worked closely with statutory and voluntary partners on the prevention strategy for many years with a particular focus on survivors, children and families.

Aviah Day, Project Manager

Aviah has been working in the Violence Against Women and Girls sector since 2011 in a range of frontline, training and research roles. She has also been involved in a number of grassroots domestic violence and housing campaigns. She has recently submitted her PhD entitled “Partnership and Power: Feminist responses to domestic violence in the Criminal Justice System”. 

Ruth Atkinson, Project Manager

Ruth joined AVA in March 2018. Prior to this, Ruth was a researcher at the International Center: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking, where she specialised in peer-on-peer abuse and Contextual Safeguarding. She is committed to challenging gender inequalities taking an intersectional approach, and has led a project on developing women’s equal health policy. She holds an MA in Human Rights.