How we work

We are a national charity providing help to families and professionals: 

We provide expert and specialist, practical and emotional peer support to those left behind after fatal domestic abuse

  • We are there to listen
  • When the time is right for the family, we offer expert assistance with statutory inquiries, including Domestic Homicide Reviews, Independent Investigations/Mental Health Reivews, Serious Case Reviews, Inquests and Independent Office of Police Complaints Inquiries. 
  • Along the way we offer practical help with many other difficulties families may encounter.
  • Expert advice, knowledge and training to help professionals do their jobs as effectively as possible and to precent domestic abuse.

Our work on Domestic Homicide Reviews is particularly valuable for both families and professionals as we have very specialist knowledge not widely held elsewhere.

Our Mission

  • To Help those left behind after fatal domestic abuse
  • To increase community awareness of domestic abuse and risk factors relating to violence and murder
  • To help agencies improve their work on preventing domestic abuse
  • To improve the way these fatalities are reviewed.

Our Impact

  • Supported over 600 families
  • Training over400 professionals each year
  • Quality Assured over 900 Domestic Homicide Reviews for the Home Office

Our Founder

Frank Mullane MBE set up AAFDA in 2008 following the murders of his sister Julia and nephew William in 2003. Frank helped ensure Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) became law, and helped develop the Home Office DHR Guidance. He is a Home Office appointed reader of DHRs and a member of the national Victims’ Panel chaired by the Justice Minister. He was on the assessment panel for the recruitment of the first ever (Designate) Domestic Abuse Commissioner and is a published author on the subject of domestic homicide. 

Frank is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire and was awarded a MBE in 2019.

Our Trustees

  • James O'Sullivan (Chair)
  • Liz Jones
  • Becci Seaborne
  • Heather Wilson
  • A founding trustee, John Latham, died January 2010

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