We are grateful to our wonderful Patrons who provide staunch support and advocacy for WAND’s work and women’s voices.

Tracey West

Tracey West on BBC Solent

Tracey West has been an active, noisy patron of WAND since 2011.

She has spoken out many times about the plight of those affected by domestic abuse on the radio and in the press.

In 2014 she chaired the multi-agency No Excuse for Abuse Conference as part of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week which was jointly funded and co–hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Dorset and WAND.

Tracey is also a strong supporter of the Dorset Women’s Refuge and endeavours to raise awareness and funds for this vital resource. She believes the refuge services should be government funded across the country.

Tracey explains, “A report in 2014 said that the Dorset police dealt with a case of domestic violence, every hour of the day. Officers received around 700 reports of domestic abuse each month across the county and dealt with more than 36,000 incidents of domestic violence between 2010/14.”

“WAND is a brilliant conduit to a range of safe solutions. Their core team work tirelessly to assist women in need and they are nothing short of amazing. They continue to help countless women and children in crisis in many different ways and it is an honour to bang the drum for them.”

Poetry of Divorce for Women by Tracey West

“There is a beautiful supportive sisterhood to be found in WAND and I am enormously proud to be a part of what they do.”

And finally, following her own tumultuous divorce, Tracey wrote, ‘Poetry of Divorce‘, the first in a series of three books on surviving the process with your sanity and a smile. She donates part of the profits to WAND and the Dorset Women’s Refuge. Poetry of Divorce is available to order from all good High Street and online bookshops – click here to look in the book.

Tracey is also a Trustee for The National Association for Children of Alcoholics and her blog can be found at TraceyWest.co.uk.

Dame Harriet Walter

Harriet Walter

Dame Harriet Mary Walter DBE (born 24 September 1950) is an English stage and screen actress. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Governess (1998), Villa des Roses (2002), Atonement (2007) and Man Up (2015). On television she starred as Natalie Chandler in the ITV drama series Law & Order: UK (2009–14), as Lady Prudence Shackleton in four episodes of Downton Abbey (2013–15), and as Clementine Churchill in The Crown (2016). She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2011 for services to drama.

Walter began her career in 1974 and made her Broadway debut in 1983. For her work in various Royal Shakespeare Company productions, including Twelfth Night (1987–88) and Three Sisters (1988), she won the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival. Her other notable work for the RSC includes leading roles in Macbeth (1999) and Antony and Cleopatra (2006). She won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth I in the 2005 London revival of Mary Stuart, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play when she reprised the role on Broadway in 2009. She reprised her roles of Brutus in Julius Caesar (2012) and the title role in Henry IV (2014), as well as playing Prospero in The Tempest, as part of an all-female Shakespeare trilogy in 2016.