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

Since last year, Central Bedfordshire Council has released a number of podcasts around the theme of domestic abuse. The aim of these podcasts is to increase awareness of domestic abuse – and help those experiencing it – by shining a spotlight on the different services that support victims and challenge the behaviours of those who

29 April 2021 marked an historic moment when the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill finally received Royal Assent and became enshrined in law. The new Act will provide further protections to those experiencing domestic abuse and strengthen measures to tackle perpetrators.   For the first time in law, domestic abuse has a legal definition and parameters including different

Tackling domestic abuse is not just a moral imperative. Lost productivity and absence from the workplace linked to domestic abuse can mean significant economic losses. The most recent Home Office figures show that £1.3 billion was spent on dealing with domestic abuse in England and Wales in 2016/17. Research conducted by KPMG for Vodafone in

A businesswoman from Cambridge, who was made to take five days of annual leave to attend the court case of a now imprisoned abusive partner, is spearheading a national awareness campaign to get businesses to recognise the growing issue of domestic abuse. Businesses are increasingly engaging with their role in tackling domestic abuse but still

police tackling domestic abuse

After a successful pilot phase in Watford, Three Rivers, St Albans & Dacorum, the Domestic Abuse (DA) Alliance’s free-to-use WEPROTECT app has been rolled out to all frontline police officers across Hertfordshire, to help tackle domestic abuse across the county. Head of the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU), Detective Chief Inspector Ben Wright,