Safety by Experience (Standing Together Against Domestic Violence)

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence is one of twenty nine charities from across England, working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, that has been awarded a grant from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

Safety by Experience: creating survivor informed homelessness services, is a partnership project between Standing Together Against Domestic Violence and St Mungo’s that aims to better equip homelessness services to safely accommodate and support survivors of all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Collaboration with survivors of VAWG and homelessness will develop a new approach, reviewing existing tools and resources used in the VAWG sector, and piloting new ways of working in St Mungo’s frontline outreach and accommodation services. Learning will be shared across the VAWG and Homelessness sectors and beyond. 

Welcoming the grant, Bear Montique, interim CEO of Standing Together Against Domestic Violence, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded this grant and given the opportunity to do some innovative partnership work with St Mungo’s, strengthening the coordinated community response to VAWG within the homelessness sector.

“It is essential that we hear from survivors of VAWG in homelessness services about their experiences and what works best for them. This project will enable us to take that knowledge and develop a much-needed new approach to supporting this group of women, helping them to better access services, keep safe from abuse and the dangers of homelessness."