What we do

I’ve got my freedom and my life back, and for that I’ll always be so grateful.

Karen*, Bristol

About SafeLives

We are a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives.

No one should live in fear. It is not acceptable, not inevitable, and together – we can make it stop.

What would you want for your best friend?

  • Early, consistent and tailored support that makes them safe and meets their needs
  • Help made available wherever they need it –whether from the police, their GP or hospital, or where they live
  • The choice to stay safely in their own home and community
  • The perpetrator challenged to change and held to account
  • A response that addresses the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people
  • Agencies working together to meet the practical needs that people have, providing help on areas such as housing, money and access to justice

We want this for each and every person living with abuse. Wherever they live, whoever they are.


What we do

  • Place people with lived experience at the heart of all we do and amplify their voices
  • Test innovative projects and replicate effective approaches that make more people safe and well
  • Combine data, research and frontline expertise to help services improve and to influence policy makers (locally and nationally)
  • Offer support, knowledge and tools to frontline workers and professionals.

How we do it

  • We are independent
  • We focus on the practical: we believe in showing people what they can do, not telling them what they should do
  • We save time and money for local areas by solving common problems once and sharing the solutions
  • We are informed by evidence of what really works
  • We are informed by the lived experience and insight of survivors and amplify their voices in all we do 
  • We learn from local provision and respect local circumstances, but show how national replication can be achieved
  • We work across organisational and sector boundaries

Read about our strategy for 2015-18

Read more about our vision and values