National partnership launched to sustain domestic abuse services across England
Wednesday, 11th Nov 15
Women’s Aid is delighted to announce its new national partnership with Imkaan, ‘Sustaining Dedicated and Specialist Services’.
Funded through the Lloyds Bank Foundation, the partnership aims to improve the sustainability of independent specialist services for women and children affected by domestic abuse. It will help small specialist domestic abuse organisations to navigate, and be successful in, tough commissioning environments, making a lasting difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children.
The partnership also aims to enable funders and local and national government to understand the value of protecting specialist services. Women’s Aid and Imkaan will support smaller organisations to demonstrate their quality, measure their impact, develop strategic partnerships and engage proactively in commissioning processes.
The project will build on this experience to deliver targeted support to other unique specialist services, addressing the needs of disabled and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic abuse It will also ensure that policy at a national level will be informed by the voices of survivors and the knowledge and experience of frontline specialist services providing accurate information on needs, outcomes and commissioning trends.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“It is vital that our smaller dedicated and specialist domestic abuse services are protected. This will ensure they can maintain their survivor-led practice – practice that has been saving the lives of women and children for more than four decades. Through this partnership we can support these life-saving services to survive in what is a very difficult funding climate and ensure those who make funding decisions locally understand the long term impact they have in women’s and children’s lives.”
Marai Larasi, CEO of Imkaan said:
“Imkaan values the opportunity to partner with Women’s Aid on the ‘Sustaining Dedicated and Specialist services’ project. This project is timely and critical and will help Imkaan to reach out and offer targeted support to it’s most vulnerable members – dedicated BME specialist services for women and children – many of whom are facing an acute crisis, having to navigate the constant threat of cuts and closure in the current funding/commissioning climate.”