Bespoke domestic abuse consultancy

SafeLives knows what works to tackle domestic abuse. We offer tailor-made consultancy to local authorities, Police and Crime Commissioners, local partnerships and others who want to get better at keeping families safe.

We offer independent, practical and evidence-based consultancy on how to design, commission and deliver better services. We come into your area, understand your local services and talk to your stakeholders. We consult victims and their families to hear about their experiences. We look closely at what’s working (and what isn’t), and we find out how your money is spent locally.


Our services

Our experts can provide a variety of services including:

  • Analysis of need and capacity of existing domestic abuse services, including support for joint and integrated strategic needs assessments (JSNAs/ISNAs)
  • Reviews of existing domestic abuse services (including outcome measures, usage and capacity)
  • Review of governance arrangements
  • Support to develop or update a strategy on domestic abuse
  • Analysis of victim journey and review of care and referral pathways
  • Victim consultations
  • Review of Domestic Homicide Review outcomes and processes
  • Review of Marac and Marac outcomes (including workshops with agency partners)

Our experts recommend how to achieve better results with whatever resources are available. It’s a realistic approach that delivers the best result for families. We can tailor these services and create bespoke projects to meet your requirements, timescales and budget.


What our clients say

“The Vodafone Foundation and Safelives partnership is a great example of how something as simple as a mobile phone can be life-changing. With SafeLives’ help we’ve provided phones and credit to people experiencing abuse across the UK, giving a little bit of independence and a lifeline to those most in need.”
Catherine Russell, Head of Sustainable Business, Vodafone


"Significant progress made in recent months towards the development of Jersey’s next Domestic Abuse Strategy with considerable assistance from SafeLives...The benefit of assistance from such a well-respected organisation cannot be underestimated"
Chris Beechey, Detective Chief Inspector, Crime Operations, Jersey


In 2016 SafeLives Consultancy advised Cambridgeshire Constabulary on their overall response to domestic abuse and provided the force with an action plan that helped increase their HMIC effectiveness rating.

"Thank you for all of the support you have provided us." 
DCI Jon McAdam, Public Protection Department, Cambridgeshire Constabulary


"SafeLives' review was really welcome and brought us all together. You provided an independent view which was what Hertfordshire needed, and meant we could work in partnership to improve our response to domestic abuse. Your support on implementation really helped us to keep up the momentum" 
Jenny Coles, Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council


"I am writing on behalf of the Suffolk County Council Scrutiny Committee to thank you so very much for attending our session on Thursday. When we sat down at the end of the session to make our recommendations, everyone was full of praise for you and Viv. I think we could have listened to you both all day – your passion and commitment to combatting domestic abuse was self-evident, as was your knowledge and experience. We know we all learned a great deal from you both." 
Mary Evans, County Councillor for Clare Division, Suffolk County Council


"The whole team were really excellent! Sonal listened to what we needed and developed a review plan to meet our needs. The fieldwork was conducted in a professional and robust manner and the report and presentation were first rate. Thank you for all the hard work you all put into it!" 
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Rowlandson, Hampshire Constabulary


“SafeLives Consultancy have provided us with great support and insight as we consider how we can better support domestic abuse victims and their children here in Suffolk”
Clair Harvey, Community Safety Lead, Suffolk County Council


Get in touch

Our consultants are experts with years of experience in consultancy and service delivery. They are backed up by our national evidence base and unrivalled national overview of what works to stop domestic abuse.

Contact us to find out how SafeLives can help you deliver services that make all families safe.

Sonal Shenai, Head of Consulting