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 to five 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 changes, 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:

  • 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.

Help us deliver these new interventions so all survivors and their families receive the right support to make them safe, sooner

SafeLives and the designing sector services are looking for organisations to be part of this exciting project by delivering interventions locally in each beacon site.  The successful delivery provider will implement the interventions as defined by the designing sector services above for the duration of the three year pilot.

We would love to see your organisation represented at one or all of our tendering events for the project. We will be taking attendees through the interventions, covering the requirements around evaluation, funding etc and answering any questions which would help you consider bidding for these exciting new contracts. It will also be an opportunity to meet other service providers with whom you may wish to form a consortium. We would particularly encourage consortium bids to provide a greater range of skills and expertise. Representatives from the beacon sites and the SafeLives team will be present at these events to answer any questions.

The total award for the contracts is a maximum of £1.6m in each Beacon Site for a three year period. 

Please complete the expression of interest form if you wish to attend any of these events by Friday 17th November.

Rachel quote - new-v2More information will follow before the event, including:

  • The tender package and service specification
  • What we’ll be looking for from bidders – key criteria
  • Tender timescales

For more information, please see our Tender FAQs.


If you have any queries, please contact


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