Domestic abuse child Joey

A registered social worker has published the first instalment in a series of child-friendly books ‘It’s ok to talk’, dedicated to capturing the voice of the child in matters of child protection and public health issues. In the first book, Joey is a young boy who lives at home with his mother and her boyfriend.

In 2021 we co-created Sharon’s Policy – a domestic abuse policy for SMEs informed by business woman Sharon Livermore’s lived-experience of abuse. It aims to help employers to take action on domestic abuse; to spot the signs, encourage disclosures, and to support employees who may be experiencing it. Sharon’s Policy has recently been updated, and

The Domestic Abuse (DA) Alliance has been presented with a Mayor’s Pride Award 2022 held to celebrate extraordinary people and outstanding organisations that make a positive contribution to the local community. On White Ribbon Day 2021 we projected a series of unfinished portraits onto St Albans Clock Tower to commemorate the women whose lives were cut

The Domestic Abuse Alliance is pleased to have supported the research team at Liverpool University, which has completed an 18-month UKRI funded project investigating police and criminal justice responses to domestic abuse during the COVID pandemic. This project was designed to investigate how the police responded to the anticipated rise in domestic abuse during the

Rising Above Shadows Of Abuse, hosted and produced by Grace Ovba, is a podcast series which covers the topical issue of abuse, which is prevalent in our society and culture. It highlights the impact of abuse on people’s lives and provides practical advice to help those suffering abuse to cope and recover. In this episode

Call handler and caseworker James provides an insight into his role at the DA Alliance. “My day usually starts with making calls to anyone that has been referred to our service overnight. I help guide people through their legal options and, where required, begin the process of preparing an application for a protection order. This

Breaking Free

When author Eva Jean wrote “Breaking Free: Recognising and Surviving Controlling Behaviours” her aim was simple; she wanted the book to save lives and to help readers recognise themselves in controlling and abusive situations. In this post, written exclusive for the DA Alliance, Eva shares her own story of abuse and how it led her

St Albans Clock Tower will light up on Thursday 25 November to mark the UK’s White Ribbon Day and the start of a global campaign; the United Nations 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. St Albans Business Improvement District (BID), St Albans Museums, and the Domestic Abuse (DA) Alliance have joined forces

DA Alliance caseworker

Caseworker Charlotte shares a typical day at the DA Alliance and what attracted her to the role. “Every morning I start by calling our clients [victims of domestic abuse] to take witness statements and complete their court documents. This paperwork is then passed to our legal partners (solicitors) for ongoing case management.   I also provide

Who’s behind the mask?

As the darker, colder nights draw in most people spend more time indoors. The run up to Christmas can also bring financial strains, and more time spent with family and at social events may lead to increased stress. For those experiencing domestic abuse these factors can mean more time trapped at home, and an increased

police tackling domestic abuse

6 October 2021 Strengthening partnerships, engaging survivors and adopting technology, have led to falling victim attrition rates and increased take up of support by those experiencing domestic abuse in Hertfordshire. In this exclusive case study for Policing Insight, DA Alliance Director of Partnership and Communication, Razi Hassan, shares the success of our WEPROTECT app, which

7 July 2021 Dunelm and the retail industry charity Retail Trust are calling on retail employers to join forces in tackling a shocking rise in domestic abuse.  Together they have partnered with the Domestic Abuse Alliance to launch the retail industry against domestic abuse (RIADA) campaign which will raise awareness of how the retail sector