The Drive Partnership (Respect, SafeLives, and Social Finance) receives a three-year grant from The National Lottery Community Fund

This funding will enable local services to make victims and survivors safer by working together to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse to change and managing the risk they pose.

Since being awarded this grant in January, the immediate circumstances have changed substantially due to COVID-19. Our urgent focus, alongside our colleagues across domestic abuse services and statutory agencies, is to adapt our ways of working and continue to protect victims who may be at greater risk because of increasing isolation. Drive’s work to prevent abuse is vital as rising levels of domestic abuses have been reported throughout the COVID-19 lockdown and keeping victims and survivors safe is the highest priority.

 Director of Drive, Kyla Kirkpatrick said:

“Now more than ever, as people are being asked to stay home to contain the spread of the COVID-19, we need a strategic and joined-up cross-sector response to ensure we can continue to provide support for victims and survivors and respond to perpetrators.

Our focus now is adapting quickly to ensure that effective responses to perpetrators of domestic abuse continue. We will be doing all we can to support efforts across the sector and statutory agencies to keep victim-survivors safe. Long-term, we will be collaborating with other organisations and individuals to press forward and embed national systems change. We are ambitious and think that together with our fellow signatories, we can step up national efforts to hold perpetrators to account, changing the response to domestic abuse in the UK for every victim and survivor. The National Lottery Community Fund is enabling this potential to be recognised.

We’re hugely grateful for this grant and we look forward to all that we can accomplish.”

Read the press release here.