Zlakha Ahmed who has been made an MBE started Apna Haq in Rotherham 21 years ago. The group helps women from ethnic communities suffering abuse.

She was awarded the gong in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to women’s rights and community cohesion in Rotherham.

Ms Ahmed said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be recognised in this way and I feel incredibly proud.

“Over the years we’ve probably helped between 2,000 and 3,000 people, which doesn’t sound a lot, but when you think we’re a tiny organisation in Rotherham working on an issue like domestic violence, it certainly is.”

Apna Haq, which means “my rights” in Urdu, helps women of all backgrounds, but specialises in those from ethnic minorities.