New funding call for domestic abuse programmes launches

Foundations, an organisation that helps improve the lives of vulnerable children, are launching a funding call for domestic abuse programmes.

The organisation are looking to fund the delivery and evaluation of up to three domestic abuse programmes to help them understand what works to prevent domestic abuse, support victim-survivors and improve child outcomes.

Foundations previous work has shown that less than a third of the 100 domestic abuse programmes they identified had been evaluated.

Recent research from last month revealed that community-based domestic abuse services are under significant strain due to lack of funding.

More on this, a coalition of 11 women’s sector organisations have launched a petition calling for more funding for community-based domestic abuse services.

Refuge, End Violence Against Women Coalition, Women’s Aid, SafeLives, Solace Women’s Aid, Southall Black Sisters, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), IRISi, Imkaan, Agenda Alliance and LAWRS are together calling for the Secretary of State for Justice to act now to help survivors of domestic abuse struggling to access the support they need in local communities around the country.

The recent government efforts to support vulnerable adults disclosed that these people with complex needs will be supported to change their lives with over £10m in funding through the Changing Futures programme.

10 local area partnerships across England will receive a share of up to £10.7 million: Bristol, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, South Tees, Stoke, Surrey, and Westminster.

Foundations have worked with four different domestic abuse interventions across England to better understand their models. They found that, “despite the programmes seeking to address a relatively wide range of outcomes, there was alignment between them on some key areas such as increased safety; improved wellbeing or mental health; improved relationships; improved motivation to engage with the programme and other services; and improved emotional regulation”.

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