Getting it right first time

Addressing the gaps and challenges in the response to domestic abuse 

Every survivor of domestic abuse, and their family, deserves the right response at the right time, to make them safe, sooner. That's why we're developing new interventions and ways of working that fill the gaps in the response to domestic abuse. 

Over the next three years, we aim to create two 'beacon' sites of best practice: Norfolk and West Sussex. Our interventions in these sites will create systematic change by introducing a whole picture approach, challenging perpetrators to change, and meeting gaps in provision. 

Together with two other initiatives, Drive, addressing perpetrator behaviour, and One Front Door, providing a single point of entry for all domestic abuse and safeguarding referrals, these new responses will address five major gaps identified in the UK’s overall response to domestic abuse.  The interventions have been defined and developed with sector-leading domestic abuse services. They are:

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  • Interventions for people before they reach a point of crisis
  • Improved tools to address the interconnecting needs some people have, such as a combination of abuse and mental health problems and/or substance misuse
  • Support for people who are not separating from the perpetrator
  • Support for children and young people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse
  • Support for people who have previously experienced domestic abuse and need support to undo the harm, heal, and build their future resilience

For more information about the work we've been been doing to improve the response to domestic abuse, and our plans for the future, please see our annual report.

Sign up to the SafeLives Community and follow the 'Everyone: Beacon West Sussex' and 'Everyone: Beacon Norfolk' conversations for the latest information.

Without substantial funding from Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership, West Sussex County Council, Big Lottery Fund Women and Girls Initiative and further funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Peter Cundill Foundation and The Aurum Charitable Trust, this project would not be possible.

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