AAFDA helps families after fatal domestic abuse; our aims are:
- To help those left behind after fatal domestic abuse;
- To increase community awareness of domestic violence and risk factors;
- To help agencies improve their work on preventing domestic violence; and
- To help improve the way these fatalities are reviewed.
To achieve these aims we listen to families who have suffered fatal domestic abuse. They often need someone to hear their story.
Provide Practical Help
Inform, Guide, Support, Advocate and Enable by:
- Summarising families’ stories and issues and helping create a plan to achieve realistic objectives and assistance in carrying that out;
- Advocating in partnership with and on behalf of families (for example with service providers);
- Informing families on criminal justice system processes, availability of other services and useful information;
- Supporting families at court (including family court and mental health tribunals);
- Helping families understand and contribute to the new Domestic Homicide Reviews;
- Helping families understand and contribute to inquests and other inquiries; and
- Helping with any other matters where appropriate.
We are also involved in prevention work through:
- Education: Raising awareness of domestic abuse and its effects and promoting opportunities for safe early interventions.
- Training: Statutory and voluntary professionals:
* To improve their services to prevent domestic abuse
* To help them interact with families bereaved through domestic abuse
* To conduct effective homicide reviews