Survivors’ experiences are at the heart of our policy, campaigning and research work.
“It’s so empowering and comforting to know that others are stood beside you.”
We influence government policy by campaigning on issues that matter to you, and conduct research into key areas of domestic abuse to be at the forefront of social change.
What have we achieved?
With your help our policy and campaigning work has achieved huge successes for survivors of domestic abuse over recent years. They include:
• Investment of over £55m from the government to save specialist domestic violence refuges from 2014-2020, and secure funding for rent in these life-saving services for good.
• Expanding the evidence requirements for survivors of domestic abuse to access legal aid.
• Changes to the rules around anonymous voter registration to ensure survivors of domestic abuse and women in refuge can vote safely.
• Relationships and Sex Education becoming a mandatory part of the national curriculum in 2020.
• Coercive and controlling behaviour made a criminal offence in 2015.
• Government commitment to ban perpetrators of abuse from cross examining their victims in the family courts.