Shelly has been working with victims of rape and domestic and sexual abuse since the late 1990s. She is currently the Interim Manager of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).
She has presented and delivered papers at a wide range of conferences on the subject of violence against sex workers. She was involved in writing and developing national good practice and has published on the subject of violence against sex workers in several journals.
Her specialist areas are violence against sex workers, sexual and domestic violence/abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation. She sits on local, regional and national forums relating to these issues.
Shelly was recently nominated for the Women in Public Life ‘Public Servant of the Year’ Award by Baroness Vivien Stern. She won the award and received it in London on 13th September 2011.