Nelam Kellay is part of our team of volunteers in the West Midlands. She has an undergraduate LLB Hons in Law and Criminology and is currently studying for an MA in International Relations (Terrorism Political Violence) at the University of Birmingham.
Nelam has been working to raise awareness of â€˜hidden crimesâ€™ in Birmingham
I have never been a victim of crime but someone very close to me suffered a knife attack two years ago.
The emotional and physical trauma one goes through after such an attack is horrific, nevertheless, emotional support can allow a victim to â€˜see light at the end of a tunnelâ€™ and rebuild their life.
From a young age I have always been interested in the psychology of criminals â€“ why criminals act the way they do â€“ and helping victims to rebuild their lives.
Criminology and preventing crime is a passion of mine. Iâ€™ve watched hundreds of crime documentaries â€“ every case needs to be heard and they fascinate me.
Whereas my mother cannot stomach the brutality of some cases, I believe everyone should be aware of tragic crimes, such as the Milly Dowler case.
Her murder was inhumane but, by turning a blind eye to it, we would not be doing justice to the victim.
Nelam has always had an interest in criminal psychology and helping victims
The passion I feel to reduce crime has recently motivated me to work on a project, called â€˜Shadowâ€™, with a fellow volunteer to help raise awareness of â€˜hidden crimesâ€™, which include honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
Many survivors of these crimes are shunned by their community and families, making it harder to seek refuge and live on a daily basis.
They are hidden crimes because there is not much education or media coverage on it; I hope this project will raise awareness.
I would like project Shadow to give the survivors the courage to speak out as well as the determination to come forward and inspire others who are going through the traumatic experience.
I would also encourage anyone who has information about the crime and those committing it to speak up and contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
I love volunteering for Crimestoppers; itâ€™s such a good cause and close to my heart.
I have learnt so much since I started â€“ including how to approach different people (from chief executives to survivors) and dealing with issues in a professional manner.
I have become more confident as a person by networking with different people and I feel good for the cause I am fighting for.
Nelam and fellow volunteer Nosheen taking part in the 10th anniversary of Most Wanted
I think Crimestoppersâ€™ work is essential, not just in Birmingham, but in all parts of the country. The charity is a safety net for individuals who cannot speak to the police.
I would encourage more young adults of all races become volunteers for Crimestoppers as itâ€™s such a rewarding experience and they can inspire the next generation.
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