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.
- 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.
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.
- James O'Sullivan (Chair)
- Liz Jones
- Becci Seaborne
- Jessica Stewart
- Heather Wilson
- A founding trustee, John Latham, died January 2010
What People Say About Us
Myself and my family have been overwhelmed with the help and support AAFDA have provided since the tragic suicide of my sister Jenna after a short spell in a domestic violent relationship. They have gone above and beyond to cater for our needs and haven’t just made us feel like another number. AAFDA pride themselves in serving their clients to an exceptional standard and are constantly climbing to achieve the best service they possibly can.
Simply a HUGE thank you for helping me navigate this mire of grief from losing my precious daughter to domestic abuse.
You are an amazing service, kind caring and compassionate people meeting our needs. Adapted quickly to massive changes due to covid.
Keep up the good work you all do in AAFDA, what would we do without you all
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