Everyone has the right to be safe in their own home

What if home was a place of fear, not a place of safety?

That is the reality for the estimated 1.9 million adults who experience domestic abuse every year in the UK – 100,000 of whom are at high risk of being seriously harmed or murdered. 

We know that some victims need to leave their homes, accomodation-based services are a vital aspect of domestic abuse provision. However, of those receiving support for domestic abuse, only around 20% access a refuge. There is one person that is making home a place of fear: the perpetrator. So why do we expect the victim to leave their home and community? There is a clear need to support people to stay safely in their own homes. 

We need to stop asking "why doesn't she leave?" and start asking "why doesn't he stop?". Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (Idvas) and other specialist support workers based in the community play a crucial role in this process.

That's why we're calling on every candidate in the general election to sign our pledge, and fight for their local Idvas. See who's signed so far.

What is an Idva?

An Idva is a specialist professional who works with a victim of domestic abuse to develop a trusting relationship. They can help a victim with everything they need to become safe and rebuild their life, and represent their voice at a Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (Marac), as well as helping them to navigate the criminal justice process and working with the different statutory agencies to provide wraparound support. 

The impact of an Idva

Following support from an Idva service, at the closure of their cases:

• Nearly 60% of victims reported cessation of abuse

• 84% of victims reported feeling safer

• 81% of victims felt their quality of life had improved

The Pledge

Two out of three Idva services tell us they don't have access to sustainable funding. Idvas are overworked, undervalued and underfunded. If we're going to keep more people safe at home, this has to change. 

We're calling on every parliamentary candidate to sign our pledge and fight for the Idva services in their area. We'd like them to sign a copy of our pledge card, and show their support by sharing a photo.

In Scotland, this type of support is provided by an Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate (Idaa). We're asking candidates in Scotland to sign our Idaa pledge.

Take action

  • Spread the word on social media: use the hashtag #SafeAtHome
  • Tweet your local candidates and ask them to sign the pledge. If you're not sure who your candidates are, take a look at this handy list.
  • Go to your local hustings and ask candidates if they will make domestic abuse a priority

No one should live in fear. Domestic abuse is not acceptable, not inevitable – and together, we can make it stop.

See who's signed the pledge so far

Aaron McIntyre - Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Lagan Valley

Abi Ajoku - Christian People's Alliance

Adrian Holmes - Green Party

Alan Bullion - Liberal Democrats

Alan Harvey Stone - UKIP

Alex Sobel - Labour and Co-Operative Party

Allen Cowles - UKIP 

Allen Simpson - Labour Party

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne - Liberal Democrats

Andy Brown - Green Party

Andy Merryfield - Labour Party

Angie Smith - Labour Party

Anna Coda - Labour Party

Anna Tarrant - Liberal Democrats

Andrew Garcarz - UKIP

Angela Crawley - Scottish National Party

Bally Singh - Labour Party

Becky Thomas - Liberal Democrats

Ben Bradshaw - Labour Party

Beth Miller - Labour Party

Bikatshi Katenga - The Yorkshire Party

Bill Cashmore - Green Party

Cait Clucas - Liberal Democrats

Caroline Russell - Green Party

Carolyn Harris - Labour Party

Catherine Shelley - Green Party

Charles Barraball - Green Party

Chas Spradbery - Green Party

Chris Lofts - Liberal Democrats

Chris Ostrowski - Labour Party

Chris Southall - Green Party

Christopher Wilford - Conservative Party

Claire Wright - Independent

Claire Young - Liberal Democrats, Thornbury and Yate

David Dews - UKIP

David Drew - Labour and Co-Operative Party

David Harrison - Liberal Democrats

David Hodgson - UKIP

David Hughes - UKIP

David Nagle - Labour Party

David Omamogho - Christian People's Alliance

Dinah Mulholland - Labour Party

Don Davies - Independent

Don Jerrard - Justice and Anti-Corruption Party

Doug Lawson - Green Party

Doug Swanney - Labour Party

Emily Frith - Liberal Democrats, Lewisham East

Eric Broadbent - Labour Party

Faith Miracle Fisher - Christian People's Alliance

Geoff Williams - Liberal Democrats

Geoffrey Bernard Bastin - UKIP

Gerald Hartley - Green Party

Graham Brady - Conservative Party

Greg Stone - Liberal Democrats

Heather Barrie - Green Party, Chichester

Helen Belcher - Liberal Democrats

Helen McFarlane - Labour Party

Howling Laud Hope - Official Monster Raving Loony Party

Hywel Williams - Plaid Cymru

Ian McCargo - Labour and Co-operative Party

Iris White - Christian People's Alliance

James Calder - Liberal Democrats

Jamie Christian Scott - Liberal Democrats

Jamie Paul Wildman - Green Party

Jan Ross - Labour Party

Jason Pilley - Independent

Jayne Clough - Green Party

Jeffrey Donaldson - DUP

Jerry Roodhouse - Liberal Democrats

Jill Hope - Liberal Democrats

John Boadu - Christian People's Alliance

John Cryer - Labour Party

John Leech - Liberal Democrats

John Otley - The Yorkshire Party

Jonathan Hornett - Green Party

Julian Huppert - Liberal Democrats, Cambridge

Julian Ware-Lane - Labour Party

Kalvin Chapman - UKIP

Karen Roberts - Liberal Democrats

Kate Smith - Liberal Democrats

Kim Parkinson - UKIP

Larry Sanders - Green Party

Laura Collins - Green Party

Laura Coyle - Liberal Democrats

Leslie Groves Williams - Green Party

Lisa French - Liberal Democrats

Lois Davis - Green Party

Louise Irvine - National Health Action Party

Lyndsay McAteer - Green Party

Margaret Ritchie - SDLP

Mark Hooper - Plaid Cymru

Marie Chadwick - Liberal Democrats

Martin Paul Costello - UKIP

Martin Power - UKIP

Martyn Day - SNP, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Matt Wright - Conservative Party

Michael Desmond - Labour Party

Michael Thompson - Labour Party

Michael Wyatt - Liberal Democrats

Mick Gregg - Green Party, Bosworth

Mike Katz - Labour Party

Mike Plummer - Liberal Democrats, Poole

Mike Powell - Liberal Democrats

Morwen Millson - Liberal Democrats

Neil Taylor - The Liberal Party

Nick Yeomans - Independent

Nicky Shepard - Liberal Democrats

Nigel Dodds - Democratic Unionist Party 

Nigel Hennerley - Green Party

Olivia Bell - Labour Party

Patrick Canavan - Labour Party

Patsy King - Labour Party

Peter Baldrey - Labour Party, North Wiltshire

Peter Smith - Labour Party

Peter Thomson - Green Party

Richard Bradley - Green Party

Richard Graham - Conservative Party, Gloucester

Richard Hadwin - Independent

Richard Knight - Green Party

Richard Mallender - Green Party

Rob Pocock - Labour Party

Rose Doman - Christian People's Alliance

Ross Shipman - Liberal Democrats

Sally Keeble - Labour Party

Sally Woodhall - Independent

Sarah Jones - Labour Party

Sarah Osborne - Liberal Democrat

Sharon Galliford - Green Party

Sharon Lovell - Women's Equality Party

Shaun Stammers - Labour Party

Simon Fell - Conservative Party

Simone Reynolds - Liberal Democrats

Stephen Burke - Labour Party

Stephen Morris - The English Democrats

Stephen Priestley - UKIP

Stephen Todd - Christian People's Alliance

Stephen Williams - Liberal Democrats

Stuart Tuckwood - Green Party

Susan McDonnell - The North East Party

Teresa Murray - Labour Party

Terry Bridgeman - Labour Party

Thangam Debbonaire - Labour Party

The Iconic Arty-Pole - Official Monster Raving Loony Party

Tim Dawes - Green Party

Tim Norman - The Yorkshire Party

Tim Young - Labour Party 

Tony Hill - Liberal Democrats

Tony Pearce - Green Party, Stafford

Vernon Coaker - Labour Party

Victoria Borwick - Conservative Party

Vicky Ford - Conservative Party

Vicky Foxcroft - Labour Party

Vince Maple - Labour Party

Virendra Sharma - Labour Party

Vix Lowthion - Green Party

Wes Hinckes - Labour Party

William Forster - Liberal Democrats, Woking

Willow Winston - Independent