Project introduction 1/2

AVA has been commissioned to consult with survivors of domestic abuse and IDVAs about their experiences of agencies holding the abuser to account for their actions.

Holding the perpetrator to account for their actions, challenging and addressing violent behaviour and providing opportunities to change that behaviour, are an essential part of preventing domestic violence and abuse. It must be noted that any focus on the perpetrator must ensure the safety of the survivor and their children is always a priority.

AVA wants to hear directly from survivors of domestic violence and abuse about their experiences of where the focus of an intervention is on the perpetrator and the impact this focus has had upon them and their children. We also want to hear from IDVAs about their experiences of working with survivors, alongside other agencies working to address the behaviour of perpetrators.

This online survey forms part of a consultation with survivors and with IDVAs.  AVA will collate the views of survivors and IDVAs from the consultation and incorporate these into a report so that agencies can:
  • Learn from survivors and IDVAs about their experience of interventions specifically targeting perpetrator behaviour that can be used to refine and strengthen future models of service provision.
  • Ensure that services meet the needs of survivors and their children. 
We want to hear about experiences in instances such as when:
  • police involvement including investigation and the use of other powers including DVPNs, Claire’s Law, etc has been used.
  • the perpetrator has been referred to a specialist perpetrator programme.
  • child protection and/or social services have assessed the perpetrator and taken appropriate action.
  • any other experiences of a time when the focus has been on the perpetrator and their behavior
  • a bystander has witnessed an incident of domestic abuse and has stepped in.
We want to learn more about how this impacted upon the survivor and their children at the time. What support did s/he receive and how did this help them move towards a life free from violence and abuse?

This work will help inform all agencies to hear directly from survivors about their experiences and importantly to ensure that their services meet the needs of survivors seeking support.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any point. The survey is anonymous and all answers will be treated in confidence. There are no right answers so please be honest and open about your experiences. In total, this survey should take no longer than 30  minutes to complete.

If you feel there are other IDVAs who would like to participate in this survey, please share this survey with them. Thank you for your time and support.

This consultation includes this online survey and some follow-up phone interviews. Only those IDVAs who have stated they are willing to take part in a follow up interview will be contacted for further information.  

This survey is open until 20th September 2018

To participate, please click on the ‘OK’ button below to find out more about this survey.