Domestic abuse

Peace of Mind: an evaluation of the Refuge Access for All project

This report evaluates the work of the “Refuge Access for All” project, carried out by Solace Women’s Aid in conjunction with five North London Boroughs, with consultancy and evaluation support from AVA (Against Violence and Abuse). At the heart of the project was the creation of a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) across Solace Refuges, to establish how effectively a concept developed in the homeless sector in the UK could be applied to the domestic violence sector. This included play therapy to ensure that the needs of children and young people in refuges were also addressed. 

Good practice briefing: Psychologically Informed Environments

This practice briefing was produced by AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) on behalf of the Ascent London VAWG Consortium. It aims to inform organisations supporting those affected by domestic and sexual violence about how to create Psychologically Informed Environments. AVA is a leading UK charity aimed at ending gender based violence and abuse. A psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) “… is one that takes into account the psychological makeup - the thinking, emotions, personalities and past experience- of its participants in the way it operates“.

Women's Aid Impact Report 2016-2017

"The Women’s Aid movement is one of the most important achievements of feminism in this country. The struggle over decades, led by survivors of domestic abuse themselves, to establish the network of specialist services that now saves countless lives, continues to this day. This is not just a struggle for funding: it is also a struggle for understanding, for recognition, for women to be heard and believed. That’s why Women’s Aid can never be just a federation of organisations.

Living in fear - the police and CPS response to harassment and stalking

This is the first time that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate have inspected and reported on the police service’s and Crown Prosecution Service’s approach to tackling crimes of harassment and stalking. Harassment and stalking crimes are damaging and pervade all sections of society. They can devastate lives and in some cases they end in death. In a digital world, they are crimes that can take place all too easily and frequently.

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