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 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 change, 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.

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

SafeLives 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 delivery model for the duration of the three year pilot.

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


SafeLives and the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (Norfolk Constabulary, Office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Norfolk Children’s Services, Norfolk Adult Services, Norfolk Public Health and Norwich City Council) are currently shortlisting tender submissions from those wishing to deliver these new interventions in Norwich, with interviews to be held the week commencing 9th April 2018.

The project will be commissioned from April 2018 with an expectation to begin delivery in July 2018 and continue until June 2021.

West Sussex

SafeLives and West Sussex County Council are inviting tenders to deliver interventions locally in Crawley, Adur and Worthing. Bids from consortiums are welcomed. Where bidders are looking to form a consortium; a public sector organisation cannot constitute more than 50% of the budget.

The project will be commissioned from June 2018 with an expectation to begin delivery in July to September 2018 and continue until June 2021.

The deadline for tender submissions is 4th May 2018, with interviews to be held the week commencing 21st May 2018.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity in Crawley, Adur and Worthing, please watch our webinar.

For further details please see:

If you would like to tender for West Sussex Connect, please email to request the Invitation to Tender and supporting documents. Please also see our Tender FAQs.

Sign up to the SafeLives Community and follow the 'Everyone: Beacon West Sussex' and 'Everyone: Beacon Norfolk' conversations for the latest information.

Without substantial funding from Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership, West Sussex County Council, Big Lottery Fund Women and Girls Initiative and further funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Peter Cundill Foundation and The Aurum Charitable Trust, this project would not be possible.

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