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AAFDA – A Centre of Excellence for Reviews into Domestic Homicides and specialist Peer Support.
AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse) is a charity providing free, expert and specialist advocacy and guidance, from a peer support background, to families after domestic homicide. We specialise in Inquiries including Domestic Homicide Reviews, Mental Health Reviews and Serious Case Reviews, and we assist with and represent on Inquests, Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiries and other reviews. We can help families after other forms of homicide too.
One of our aims is to raise the status of families (including children and young people) so they are treated with respect and as key stakeholders in statutory review processes.
AAFDA’s peer support and expert service is available to any families across England and Wales. The service aims to listen to families, to inform and, guide them; to advocate for them and enable families to address the myriad of practical and emotional issues they face including meaningful engagement with statutory review processes whilst dealing with grief. The families will receive tailored support from a dedicated case-worker and we have four legal firms offering assistance either via legal aid or pro bono (free).
The project is comprised of the following activities:
- Provision of practical and emotional support to families
- Listening to families who have suffered fatal domestic abuse: this has great credibility with the families because they know our caseworkers have also experienced domestic homicide in their families or experienced very serious domestic abuse.
- Guiding and advocating for families, in statutory reviews including Domestic Homicide Reviews, Mental Health Reviews,
- Serious Case Reviews, Inquests, Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiries and other reviews.
- Supporting and guiding families to summarise their stories and issues so they can form clear and realistic objectives and be more influential when seeking help.
- Assisting families to create plans to achieve their objectives and providing assistance in carrying them out.
- Advocating in partnership with and on behalf of families with service providers and other stakeholders.
- Supporting families on a range of practical matters as identified
- Facilitating small group emotional support sessions for families in locations across the country.
- Linking families to solicitors for free legal advice and free or legal aid funded representation on inquests.
We also work with statutory organisations to help prevent these tragedies and provide training and advice on conducting better reviews.