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New Guidance for Practitioners, Funders and Policymakers Supporting Women and Girls Experiencing Multiple Disadvantage

Tackling violence against women and girls experiencing multiple disadvantage: Learning through service delivery for practitioners, funders and policymakers

In partnership with the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Comic Relief funded eight UK organisations from 2020-2022 to maintain and expand support for women and girls who are experiencing or are at risk of violence and abuse and who face additional barriers in accessing services. AVA carried out research to capture projects’ learnings and to develop collective knowledge around ‘what works’ in terms of service delivery and funding practice when tackling violence against women experiencing multiple disadvantage.

This report examines what was achieved in supporting organisations to address violence against women experiencing multiple disadvantages in the UK. It discusses lessons learned through service delivery and makes recommendations for practitioners, funders and policymakers working in this space.

The eight organisations that participated in the programme were The Angelou Centre, Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, Swansea Women’s Aid, Together Women, women@thewell, Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland and The Women’s Centre Cornwall.

Read the report here.

Alongside this report is an artwork showcasing quotes from interviews carried out by the AVA team of Peer Researchers with service users of eight specialist UK projects. The artwork was produced by survivors who participated in one of the projects, run by Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland, called the ‘Hear Her Voice’ project, in which survivors were invited to share their stories of domestic abuse and its lasting impact on their lives, families and future through words, song, creative art and photography.

View or download the “Voices of Service Users” Artwork below.

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