Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)‘s specialist team of advocates offer emotional support and practical advice after a death. They are experts at navigating the systems and processes after a death and can intervene to ensure that your family gets the right support. Every family bereaved by domestic abuse will have a unique set of challenges facing them as they begin to understand their loss and the situation that lead up to it. AAFDA can provide specialist and expert advocates to help children and young people be involved in a Domestic Homicide Review.
The project’s story
AVA and AAFDA received funding from MOPAC in 2020 after AAFDA realised that children’s voices were missing from most of the DHRs they quality assured, from their work with families they realised that a sensitive DHR can be a real resource for children’s healing and that children have a lot of insight into they dynamics of the abusive relationship, the responses of professionals and where agencies have learning to do. What was missing was resources that could build confidence of chairs/authors/panel members to ask about children and hold children’s views in mind and to help carers who are responsible for children’s welfare after a homicide to feel that being involved won’t cause further harm to traumatised children.
The next stage of the project is creation of an e-leaning package that wrap around the resources.
This project is generously funded by MOPAC.
Credit to Scriberia for the illustrations on these resources.