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Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse received £5,000 to fund the Hear Our Voice Peer Support project.

Supporting families after a fatal domestic abuse

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) is a unique organisation that offers peer and expert support to those left behind after domestic homicide.

When the time is right for the family, AAFDA offers assistance with the official processes that the state is required to undertake – including a Domestic Homicide Review – as well as other emotional and practical support.

The charity also offers expert advice, knowledge and training to help professionals do their jobs as effectively as possible and to prevent domestic abuse.

 Hear Our Voice Peer Support

AAFDA received a grant of £5,000 to fund the Hear Our Voice Peer Support project. This grant funded three peer support events including two residential events and a dinner. These events brought together over a hundred family members who had suffered the loss of a loved one to domestic homicide.

These events gave families a rare experience; the opportunity to connect with other people who can truly understand what they are going through. They also provided a much needed respite from the challenges of every-day life.

In the words of one attendee:

“A wonderful opportunity for families to be able to support and comfort each other in our time of need; knowing that we all have the same understanding of each other’s situation.“

These events received universal praise from the families who attended;100 per cent of those surveyed rating it as excellent or very good.

Another attendee said:

I just wanted to take a moment to show my appreciation for everything AAFDA have done for me and my family, especially the retreat and the conference today. Your charity has quite honestly been nothing short of a miracle. You have saved my life!

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