About Us

We are Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) Ltd and we are a Centre of Excellence for reviews after domestic homicide. Founded in 2008, AAFDA provide specialist and expert advocacy and specialist peer support to families and friends bereaved by domestic homicide, domestic abuse related suicides and unexplained deaths.  We work on behalf of families and friends to ensure their loved one's voice is heard.

We also offer training, information, guidance and advice to professionals involved in cases of fatal domestic abuse.

We are independent, a registered charity and we work nationally.



How we work

We provide emotional, practical, expert and specialist peer support to families and professionals following fatal domestic abuse:

  • We are here to listen
  • When the time is right for the family, we offer assistance with statutory inquiries, including Domestic Homicide Reviews, Mental Health Reviews, Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Inquests and Independent Office of Police Complaints Inquiries.
  • Along the way we offer practical help with many other difficulties families may encounter.

For professionals we offer: 

  • Expert advice, knowledge and training to help you do your job as effectively as possible and to prevent 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

We are AAFDA

This film contains messages from our CEO, Frank Mullane MBE, one of our Trustees; Liz Jones, and Professor Jane Monckton Smith. They explain the purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review and the role that AAFDA can play in the review.

Our Mission

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

Our Impact

  • Supported over 400 families
  • Training over 400 professionals each year
  • Quality Assured over 900 Domestic Homicide Reviews for the Home Office


We are a national charity and our Advocates support 100's of families throughout England and Wales. We also provide advice and training to professsionals across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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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)
  • John Lenihan
  • Julia Drown
  • Rekha Chawala
  • A founding trustee, John Latham, died January 2010

Annual Reports and Trading History

Download our latest reports:

5-year Trading History 2018 - 2022

Trustees Annual Report 2020-21

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