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Mapping the benefits of the Respect Standard

Nicole Westmarland and Zuzana Zilkova


The Respect Standard is a quality assurance framework for work with perpetrators of domestic abuse, and for work with male victims too. The report draws on interviews with funders, commissioners and policy leads, and incorporates feedback from Respect accredited services to give a picture of the Standard’s impact and influence.

The Economic Abuse Threat facing Girls & Women in the UK: 6 Moments That Matter in the Lives of Female Survivors

Jane Portas and Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs OBE


The report has identified the 6 Moments That Matter in which survivors of economic abuse can be supported by organisations across the financial services sector.

The Shadow Pandemic – shining a light on domestic abuse during Covid

Savannah Dawsey-Hewitt, Tanisha Jnagel, Sangeeta Kalia, Kathryn Royal , Sarika Seshadri, Lindsay Sutherland, Jasna Magić, Madeleine McGivern and Rosa Wilson Garwood


This report is a detailed synthesis of the impact of Covid-19 on survivors of domestic abuse and on the frontline organisations that support them.

The Batty Effect: Victim-Survivors and Domestic and Family Violence Policy Change

Lisa J. Wheildon, Jacqui True, Asher Flynn and Abby Wild


This article explores the influence of victim-survivors as change agents through the examination of the case of domestic and family violence advocate Rosie Batty. 

Gendered experiences of justice and domestic abuse. Evidence for policy and practice

Women’s Aid, Hester, M., Walker, S-J., and Williamson, E.


Research into gendering discourses and the role they play in women’s experiences of domestic


Race, Trauma, and Violence Against Women and Girls - Good Practice Briefing



This good practice briefing highlights the necessity of trauma-informed approaches to supporting Black and minoristised women and girl survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

Devolution and women’s disadvantage: Tackling women and girls’ multiple disadvantage at a regional level: A policy briefing

AVA and Agenda


This briefing builds on the findings of Breaking Down The Barriers report. Following this publication, Agenda and AVA worked with Greater Manchester Combined Authority officials, women’s sector organisations and women with lived experience in Greater Manchester (GM) to understand how the Commission’s recommendations could be achieved across the region.

Parental alienation and the family courts

Dr Adrienne Barnett


An exploration of how claims of parental alienation in the family courts are being used as means to silence victims of domestic abuse.

The Impact of the Dual Pandemics: Violence Against Women & Girls and COVID-19 on Black and Minoritised Women and Girls

Baljit Banga and Sumanta Roy


One of a series of position papers that will be published by Imkaan fixating a lens on issues from the margin that they wish to move to the centre.

Tackling Violence Against Disabled Women & Girls

Vision Sense with Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University and AVA


A Toolkit for Social Care, Housing, Mental Health and Safeguarding Services.

The voices of male victims: Understanding men's experiences of the Men's Advice Line

Burrell and Westmarland, for Respect


The report provides unique insights into callers’ expectations and experience of the Respect Men’s Advice Line, their help-seeking behaviours, and their perceptions of domestic abuse services more broadly.

Help-seeking by male victims of domestic violence and abuse - A systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis

Alyson L Huntley, Lucy Potter, Emma Williamson, Alice Malpass, Eszter Szilassy, Gene Fede


A systematic review to understand the help-seeking experiences of male victims of DVA.

Breaking Down The Barriers: Findings of The Commission Into Women’s Domestic And Sexual Violence And Multiple Disadvantage

AVA and Agenda


The final report of the Commission which was established to evidence the connections between women’s experiences of domestic and sexual violence and multiple disadvantage, and to fill a vital gap in the current response to their needs.

Good Practice Briefing - Technology and Violence Against Women – Helping or Harming



This briefing paper aims to present an overview of the current and emerging risks, and considers potential opportunities and safety planning tips.

Good Practice Briefing: Communicating about violence against women and girls

Imkaan and Ascent


This briefing we present methodologies of purpose and integrity that are rooted in an intersectional approach through fundamentally centring the voices, experiences, and demands of Black and minoritised survivors of violence.

Nowhere to Turn

Women’s Aid


A series of reports drawing on findings from the No Woman Turned Away project which supports survivors who face barriers and structural inequalities when searching for a refuge space.

Practice Seminar Summary - Gender Based Violence and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Women’s Mental Health



A summary of key points from a seminar held in May 2017 to  explore the theme of gender-based violence and BME women’s mental health.

Coercive Control and the Law

Rights of Women


A guide to coercive control and the law.

Who Does What to Whom? Gender and Domestic Violence Perpetrators


Professor Marianne Hester


This research explores how male victims and perpetrators of domestic violence may differ from female victims and perpetrators. The report explores ‘who does what to whom’, taking into account both context and consequences.

Coercive Control

Research in Practice for Adults and Women’s Aid


A website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control.

Online courses



Free online domestic abuse and sexual violence basic awareness training courses.

Spotlights: Hidden victims



A series of information pieces focusing on groups of victims who may be 'hidden' from services or face additional barriers to accessing support.