AAFDA was formed in April 2008 by Frank Mullane – in memory of his sister Julia Pemberton and her son Will – whose murders in 2003 prompted a huge inquiry exposing the difficulties families face when losing a loved one through domestic abuse.
Frank, The chief executive of AAFDA, instigated the Pemberton Homicide Review which was described as a “gold standard” by Neil Websdale, a professor of criminology and the principal project adviser to the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative.
This review became a pilot for Domestic Homicide Reviews which later became law in April 2011.
Following on from this, the Home Office asked AAFDA to help write the statutory guidance that supports those undertaking these reviews and to write leaflets for the families and friends of victims who have the opportunity to contribute to the reviews. AAFDA continues to play a prominent role in regular development of this model.
Since Domestic Homicide Reviews became law in 2011, we have directly helped more than 150 families with these reviews and the number of referrals is increasing. This work is enabling families to have a voice and to influence the domestic violence services provided within their communities.
We have also provided crucial advice and training for many professionals to help improve services and prevent more of these tragic fatalities from occurring.