Our impact: Seeing the Whole Picture
Impact Report 2020-2021
We're delighted to share with you our Impact Report 2020-21, for the SafeLives year ending 30 June 2021.
2020/21 was hugely challenging - Covid remained dominant, as concern continued about what was going on behind closed doors. Reaching in for victim/survivors of domestic abuse who had vanished from view was a major a priority. We also focused efforts on supporting frontline workers to meet the unprecedented challenges the pandemic presented.
Despite Covid, we were pleased to make really significant progress. This included building on our work to better understand why someone starts using abusive behaviour, especially in their earliest relationships, and we kept exploring how we can bring men and boys into the conversation. This work is progressing into 2021/22 and beyond through our Safe Young Lives and Men and Boys Voices programmes.
Work to connect local services to provide better, more joined-up support to the whole family continued apace in our Beacon sites, culminating in a thorough evidence base for the work thanks to independent evaluation from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). We are pleased to have started working with more than two dozen local leadership teams across England this year to refine and implement lessons from the Beacon sites, with plans to implement more widely across the four nations in the coming months and years.
In terms of the community of people who make up SafeLives, we were excited to welcome new staff, Pioneers (experts by experience), associates, supporters and also new Trustee Board members and new members for our Advisory Group in Scotland. Making SafeLives and all the work we do more equitable and inclusive was a key priority in 2020/21. This work continues to be central to our planning, delivery, workforce, partnerships and communications in 2021/22 and beyond, and we will continue to publish regular stocktakes on that activity so we’re as transparent as possible.
As we have moved into the new reporting year, we have refreshed our strategy The Whole Picture, and are really pleased to be publishing the strategy refresh along with this report. We will continue to keep pushing upstream of domestic abuse, with innovative practice guidance, research and influencing work. Survivor voice at the heart and start of all we do remains essential – there is no ‘them and us.’
This year has brought about several challenges for not only us as an organisation, but for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and for all the frontline teams supporting them. SafeLives' Impact Report for 2019 - 2020 covers our work over the last financial year, so much of which is in partnership with fantastic organisations and committed individuals.
As we go forward, in these uncertain times, we remain committed to ending domestic abuse. Our newest work looks at prevention and early intervention especially in young relationships. We also continue to focus on changing the narrative, from 'why doesn't she leave' to 'why doesn't he stop', as we expand our Drive perpetrator programme in partnership with Respect and Social Finance. We are proud to work with statutory and voluntary partners and, of course survivors, to look at the whole picture for a family, driving systems change to keep everyone safe sooner, and with our newest corporate partners, opening up the public conversation and shining a light on domestic abuse. We have also reaffirmed our commitment to inclusion, changing the dynamics of the way we listen, reflect and act on what we hear and what we learn.
We can't do any of this alone. Our impact is only made possible due to the determination and expertise of the survivors, services, funders, partners and policymakers we work alongside every day. We thank every single person and organisation who has made progress possible and who believes that one day we will be free from domestic abuse and its devastating impact.