Echo: a pioneering new project putting the voices of survivors at the heart of local responses to domestic abuse

Survivors from across Bolton, Leicestershire and Sheffield are being invited to lead change and help transform how communities prevent and respond to domestic abuse 

As part of the £1.44m Echo project, local survivors of domestic abuse are being invited to share their insight and lived experience. This approach will ensure that survivor expertise is put at the heart of domestic abuse prevention and will inform the design and delivery of dedicated support for all victims and their families. Every survivor should have the right response for them, at the right time for them. As such, Echo will welcome voices from all communities, and adult and child survivors alike.

Sheffield Mind will be one of the collaborating partners and CEO, Margaret Lewis, confirmed that;

“Sheffield Mind is very pleased to be part of this important work. The Authentic Voice approach will provide vital testimony and evidence, to ensure that survivor experience is put at the heart of domestic abuse prevention work. We’re looking forward to working with Safe Lives. This UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse will support and coordinate the work with passion and expertise.” 

“We’re also looking forward to working with our Sheffield colleagues at Haven Domestic Abuse Charity and with partners from Bolton and Leicestershire, all of us working tougher towards a goal of embedding survivor voices into the design and delivery of domestic abuse policies and services. We want survivors to be heard and we’ll offer supportive and creative ways to facilitate that input. There will be many ways for survivors to get involved and we’ll work with participants every step of the way, co-producing'.

How survivors can get involved

From sharing feedback through surveys and interviews, taking part in workshops and group sessions, to co- production and development, there are different ways for survivors to be involved with Echo. The project takes an inclusive approach that welcomes voices from all communities, from adult and child survivors alike. 

Any local survivor wishing to get involved can register their interest here.

SafeLives is also inviting survivors and professionals working with them to a webinar on Thursday 25th July to learn more about Echo and how to get involved. Sign up here.

For further details about the project and the participating organisations, click here for the latest press release.