The national domestic abuse charity Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) has been awarded £450,142 over a three-year period to provide specialist advocacy support to family members who have lost a loved one to suicide or unexplained death following domestic abuse.

AAFDA is the only organisation offering support for this client group and have seen demand for this unique and specialist service grow year on year, as awareness of the links between suicide and unexplained death and domestic abuse increases. 

The main aims of the service are to help families to manage debilitating crisis and grief, to help them move to positive futures, and to prevent future fatalities as a result of domestic abuse by supporting learning about what agencies might have done differently. The funding will also support a dedicated role for continued beneficiary input, enabling AAFDA to formally develop and implement an ongoing beneficiary engagement plan.

Quote from service user:

“AAFDA have provided sound and timely advice in relation to securing a suicide DHR for my sister… I have found the collaborative approach which has been adopted has been fantastic. I have worked with an advocate who has provided outstanding knowledge… This has been dealt with sensitively and respectfully. Their wealth of expertise has changed outcomes for my family.” 


Frank Mullane OBE, Chief Executive of AAFDA said:

Each year AAFDA supports hundreds of family members impacted by fatal domestic abuse, and increasingly many of these have lost a loved one to suicide or unexplained death. Demand is far exceeding our capacity, so this funding is critical – both to enable us to provide continuity to the families we are currently supporting, and to enable us to respond to many more families that need our specialist services. We are very grateful to the National Lottery for their recognition of the need for this unique service and for their generous support.

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AAFDA is the only organisation currently supporting families across the UK bereaved by all types of fatal domestic abuse (homicide, suicide and unexplained deaths). The charity was established in 2008 by and for families bereaved by fatal domestic abuse and provides specialist and expert advocacy and peer support. For more details, please visit 

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