Our vision and values

SafeLives domestic violence vision and values

We listen to survivors, putting their voices at the heart of our thinking. We look at the whole picture for each individual and family to get the right help at the right time to make families everywhere safe and well. And we challenge perpetrators to change, asking ‘why doesn’t he stop?’ rather than ‘why doesn’t she leave?’ This principle applies whatever the gender of the victim or perpetrator and whatever the nature of their relationship. 

Our ambitions

We want what you would want for your best friend:

  • Action before someone is harmed or harms others
  • Harmful behaviours identified and stopped
  • Increased safety for everyone at risk 
  • The abiliity for people to live the life they want after harm has happened

What we do

  • We put the voice of survivors at the heart of everything we do.
  • We focus on early intervention for the whole family, helping people become safe sooner and challenging perpetrators to change.       
  • We test innovative projects and replicate those which work, looking for long term solutions not quick fixes.
  • We combine our national data, research and expertise to help services improve and to continue to influence policy makers everywhere.
  • We train domestic abuse professionals and provide support and knowledge to frontline staff and commissioners.
  • We run change programmes in the public, private and voluntary sectors to increase understanding of domestic abuse and its impact.

Our values

  • We are human: We put the voice of survivors at the heart of everything we do. We are warm, practical and collaborative.
  • We are rigorous: We start from the evidence of what works to keep families safe. We listen to survivors, services and our data and have an independent point of view.
  • We are brave: We test new approaches and we find new solutions. We share our successes and learn from our mistakes. We are innovative and tenacious.

Read a further definition of each of our values 

Find out more about how we are run