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What we do

We provide accredited learning, development and practical tools

Trained practitioners save lives. Since we were founded in 2005, we have provided learning and development to over 1,500 Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and a range of other frontline multi-agency professionals (for example, those working in police, health and children’s services etc). Our Continuing Professional Development programme for IDVAs and health and social care professionals offers higher level learning on specific topics. We also offer a range of free downloadable resources for professionals working with victims.

We facilitate a multi-agency and risk-led response

CAADA supports and develops the work of Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs): meetings where information about high risk domestic abuse victims is shared between local public agencies. By bringing all agencies together at a MARAC, a coordinated safety plan can be drawn up to support the victim. Over 270 MARACs are operating across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Over the last year, over 64,000 high risk adult cases and over 83,500 associated child cases were supported.

Early analysis shows that, following intervention by a MARAC and an IDVA service, up to 60% of domestic abuse victims report no further violence. But this approach doesn’t just save lives. Severe domestic abuse causes spiralling, entrenched costs to the tax payer – we estimate that the average high risk domestic abuse case costs almost £20,000 in public money, based on an assumed average number of police call outs, A&E attendances and GP support. This results in estimated direct costs of around £2.4 billion per year to the tax payer, and still more to employers. By proactively engaging with identified high risk victims and establishing safety plans as quickly as possible, CAADA’s work aims to substantially reduce the cost associated with severe domestic abuse.

We share and embed best practice

CAADA’s Leading Lights programme recognises and rewards good and safe practice in domestic abuse services, providing service providers and commissioners with a set of common standards that reflect best practice for supporting high risk victims. To date, 40 services have achieved accreditation.

Our MARAC Development Programme supports the sharing and embedding of best practice, ensuring that victims of domestic abuse receive a consistent, safety-focused service wherever they are, while allowing for local differences in practice.

Our Young People's Programme, led in partnership with Barnardo's, the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Leap Confronting Conflict and the Marie Collins Foundation, supports local areas to develop a consistent local response to young people 13 years and older, who are experiencing a range of intimate partner abuse.

CAADA also provides consultancy, independent advice and information to commissioners, which combines a deep understanding of effective service provision in human, financial and organisational terms.

We gather evidence to shape national policy and local practice

CAADA’s Insights service enables domestic abuse services to measure the effect that their work has on the safety of victims and the resulting value of this. The service is already being used by 35 domestic abuse services operating across the UK. Thanks to funding from Grant Making Trusts, from July 2013 we are able to offer our Insights outcomes measurement service at a heavily subsidised rate to 65 voluntary domestic abuse services in England and Wales, through our new programme, Shared Insights, Shared Outcomes.

The first findings of this national data, involving over 2,500 victim cases has now been published in our report, A Place of Greater Safety. More recently, Our extensive data gives us a strong evidence base which helps us shape the national policy agenda and influence local practice. Our second annual policy report, In plain sight: Effective help for children exposed to domestic abuse is also available to download now.

CAADA’s consultancy and evaluation team conducts research projects which are used to inform practice and policy developments. Finally, both our Insights service and our Leading Lights programme provide the evidence that domestic abuse services need to become commissioning ready.

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