Tributes have been paid by the charity sector and victim support leaders to Rachel Griffin, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, who has passed away.
The charity has announced that Griffin died on Saturday.
In a statement on Twitter the charity, which supports victims of stalking, said: “We are sad to announce that our CEO, Rachel Griffin, passed away on Saturday. She will be sorely missed by all of her colleagues at Suzy Lamplugh Trust.”
The charity Sussex Stalking Support said that she has been instrumental in raising the profile of issues around stalking.
Really sorry and so very sad to hear about Rachel. She did so much to raise the profile for Stalking. Our thoughts go out to all the staff at @live_life_safe such a difficult time for everyone— Sussex Stalking Support (@stalk_support) August 27, 2019
Claire Waxman, the Victims’ Commissioner for London, said that Griffin worked “tirelessly” to support victims of stalking.
Personally devastated at the loss of Rachel Griffin, CEO @live_life_safe - she was always so supportive & worked tirelessly to progress better support & care for #stalking victims. My thoughts are with the SLT family and all Rachel’s family & friends. She will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/wTxnvv1uIh— Victims’ Commissioner for London (@LDNVictimsComm) August 27, 2019
Others to pay tribute include forensic criminologist Dr Jane Monckton Smith who described Griffin as “absolutely amazing”.
Meanwhile Suzanne Jacob, the chief executive of domestic abuse victims charity Safe Lives said that Griffin “did amazing things with the time she had”.
Gone much too soon, but she did amazing things with the time she had. I hope that's some comfort to her family, and that her memory is a blessing xx— Suzanne Jacob (@SuzanneEJacob) August 27, 2019
Griffin joined the charity from policy and development roles at Victim Support and the charity Voice for the Child in Care.
She also held charity fundraising roles at the National Deaf Children’s Society and The Prince’s Trust. In addition, she was a trustee of the Prisoners’ Education Trust between 2003 and 2011.
Her recent work at the Suzy Lamplugh Trust included giving evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on issues around domestic abuse.