Spotlight #7: Domestic abuse and mental health
What the data tells us
For this Spotlight, we are proud to be partnering with AVA – Against Violence and Abuse – a leading UK charity committed to ending gender based violence and abuse.
What you can expect
Our seventh Spotlight focuses on victims and survivors of domestic abuse who experience mental health difficulties.
We know that domestic abuse can have a severe and lasting impact on mental health, and that survivors often find it difficult to access the support they need. Our research also shows that victims and survivors with mental health problems are more likely to have other complex needs. We must see the whole picture for every victim, survivor and family so that everyone can be free to live the lives they want to live.
Through a combination of blogs, podcasts and videos, we’ll be posting the latest research, practical resources and guidance. We also want to hear from you: join the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #SafeAndWell.
Read the report
Download the policy report Safe and Well for all the data, survivor voices and key practice recommmendations.
Read our press release calling on the Government to take action.
If you would like to reference this report, please use the following: SafeLives (2019) Safe and Well: Mental health and domestic abuse.
- Guidance for multi-agency forums: mental health
- SafeLives practice briefing for Idvas and Idaas: working with clients with mental health difficulties
- Resource: King's College London guidance on how to respond to domestic abuse in mental health services
Donna Covey, Chief Executive AVA – Why mental health support for survivors of domestic abuse is so vital
Sarah Hughes, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence – Tips for mental health professionals working with survivors
Vickie Crompton, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – Collaboration between Idvas and CPNs
Kathryn Lake, Mental Health Community Nurse for the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust – Domestic abuse: how can Community Mental Health Nurses respond?
Susie Hay, SafeLives Head of Research, Evaluation and Analysis – Young people, domestic abuse and mental health
Shirley McNicholas, Women's Lead for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Responding to women's mental health needs
Dr Kate Pitt, University of Bristol – Domestic abuse and mental health: a GP's perspective
Kathy Bonney, Head of Safeguarding at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Linsey, a Hospital Idva – The role of hospitals in responding to domestic abuse and mental health
Louisa Steele, Standing Together Against Domestic Violence – Domestic abuse, mental health and homelessness
Lindsay Sutherland, SafeLives Research Analyst – LGBT+ survivors and mental health
Jonathan Fowler, Mental Health Advisor for the Drive programme – The impact of mental health on the response to perpetrators of domestic abuse
Medina Johnson, Chief Executive of IRISi – Listening to the words women use to describe their mental health and hearing what they need
Alison Eley, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children, Domestic Abuse and Marac lead for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – The role of the mental health representative at Marac
Jo Sharpen, Policy Manager at AVA – Trauma informed work: the key to supporting women
Asha Iqbal, Founder of Generation Reform – Challenging the stigma around mental ill-health in BME communities
Collette speaks to Kathryn and Shakti, who both work in the domestic abuse sector, about their experiences of domestic abuse as children and the impact on their mental health.
Brandy speaks to Jane from Shared Lives, a national scheme in which people with additional needs including mental health problems, move into the home of an approved Shared Lives carer. Also joining them is Natalie from SafeLives, who is working with Shared Lives to pilot the Shared Lives intervention for survivors of domestic abuse.
Collette speaks to Kylee Trevellion from the Women's Mental Health department at King's College
Brandy speaks to Dr Savin Bapir-Tardy from IKWRO, about the impact of 'honour'-based violence on mental health
Amy speaks to Jessica Southgate from Agenda, about how mental health services are treating women
Gene Feder talks about the results of a trial which provided domestic abuse workers with the skills to offer mental health support to their clients.