Former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Becky O’Brien aims to set up domestic abuse support hub for children
PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:30 05 April 2016
A former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist is hoping to set up an organisation dedicated to providing support for children of domestic abuse.
Survival Ambassador for Women’s Aid Becky O’Brien, of Romford, has teamed up with the ambassador for Welsh Women’s Aid Rachel Williams to work on creating a hub where children and teenagers can get advice and support.
Becky, 35, said: “Through both of our experiences with domestic abuse, we have seen that there are a lot of support groups and networks for women but what we feel is massively lacking, is support for children. There is no charity purely for those needing help to cope with what has happened between their parents.
“Children suffer too from these kind of relationships.”
The mum-of-five’s personal life soon caught the attention of the national media when she made it to the semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent after she sung Somewhere Over the Rainbow at her audition.
Becky married her ex-husband Stephen Moonesamy in 2009 but three days after giving birth to twins, he fractured her jaw while she was still in hospital.
He was given a suspended sentence for the attack in 2010.
She will be working alongside Rachel whose 16-year-old son committed suicide after his dad shot her at work in 2011.
Becky and Rachel wish to open a walk-in centre in England and Wales, develop a healthy relationship programme and start up a scheme using performing arts to encourage young people to talk about their feelings.
She said: “Rachel’s son was Jack and so is my eldest son so that’s why we’re going to call the hub “The house that Jack built”.
“I have still not been offered any counselling for my children and we want to change this for others.”