Meet the Whole Lives Scotland team

Our Whole Lives Scotland team are working to improve the response to domestic abuse for victims, survivors and whole families across Scotland. 

You can contact them for more information by emailing scotland@safelives.org.uk 

Lucy McDonald - Programme Lead

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I have worked with SafeLives in various capacities since 2006.  I now oversee all of our work programmes in Scotland, including training, Marac development and Whole Lives. My background was in organisational psychology, before moving into refuge and then domestic abuse advocacy roles in both England and Scotland. 




Jen Douglas - Engagement Lead

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I’ve been working for SafeLives since October 2018, as the Engagement Lead for our Whole Lives Scotland project. We are looking at survivor experience, combining research and practice to identify and respond to gaps in provision. Prior to this I was a SafeLives associate trainer, and worked in frontline and development roles for a number of VAW agencies, delivering crisis and recovery work for victims of domestic and sexual abuse as well as training professionals. I began my career 15 (!) years ago working with young people and sexual health which sparked a lifelong interest in relationships and equality.



Lindsay Sutherland - Research Analyst


I have worked with the SafeLives research team since 2017 on a range of projects, including the Insights outcomes measurement programme for frontline services, national Marac data and an independent evaluation of a groupwork programme for families in recovery. I have a professional background in housing and substance use recovery, moving into research and policy with a national children’s charity prior to joining SafeLives.