SafeLives domestic abuse policy and evidence

Policy and evidence

SafeLives emerged from an urgent need to find better ways to help survivors of domestic abuse.

We gather evidence and we spread great new approaches across the UK. We use our knowledge and expertise to influence local and national policy, transforming the lives of families affected by abuse. We work with everyone who wants to stop domestic abuse.

Each year, at the request of the Home Secretary, we carry out an annual survey across England and Wales to capture the number domestic abuse professionals and their experiences and challenges.

Our Whole Lives Scotland work looks at current need and provision with regards to domestic abuse in Scotland - providing an opportunity to understand what we know, what we don't and what might need to happen next. 

An exploration of Relationships & Sex Education in schools

Exploring abuse in young people’s relationships and support for young people who harm 

Marac has been a commitment in Scotland’s Equally Safe strategy since the first publication in 2014. In the Equally Safe Short-Life Delivery Plan for 2022-2023, under Priority 3, the Scottish Government committed to the following by Autumn 2023.

Our response to the Government consultation on the Domestic Abuse Bill. 

Psychological abuse involves the regular and deliberate use of a range of words and non-physical actions used with the purpose to manipulate, hurt, weaken or frighten a person mentally and emotionally; and/or distort, confuse or influence a person’s thoughts and actions within

Pathfinder is a pilot project that ran from

COVID-19 has presented new challenges for everyone, but particularly for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them. As we start considering and planning for what post-lockdown might look like, we need to remember that ho

Facts and stats about victims and the nature, causes and impact of domestic abuse. 

Our Insights system provides the largest dataset on domestic abuse in the UK. We gather data from services working with victims, survivors and their children, to build a picture of the experiences of survivors, and the support they receive. 

New research by SafeLives and Gentoo looks at the vital role housing providers can play in the response to domestic abuse. 

Find out about the difference Maracs are making nationally

We were commissioned by the Vision Foundation to undertake the first ever research into the scale and nature of domestic abuse among blind and partially sighted people. Although data shows that people with a disability are nearly three times more likely to have experienced domestic abuse than non-disabled people, until now there has been no specific research into the impact on the sight loss community.

We know that young people often seek help from each other and online, rather than from traditional services. 

We believe domestic abuse is not acceptable or inevitable and we want to challenge perpetrators to change, asking ‘why doesn’t he stop?’ rather than ‘why doesn’t she leave?’ This applies whatever the gender of the victim or perpetrator and whatever the nature of their relation

SafeLives calls on every hospital in England and Wales to have specialist domestic abuse support onsite.

The right support at the right time for victims at high risk of murder or serious harm as a result of domestic abuse. 

Learn how domestic abuse affects the whole family.

See what needs to change to make sure every family gets the right help as quickly as possible.

The Care Journey project was a piece of work established to explore and understand more about the types of support available to children and young people in the care system, affected by domestic abuse they’ve experienced. 

Access all our policy and research reports about the impact of domestic violence and our recommendations for policymakers.