As the leading UK agency addressing the overlapping issues of
domestic and sexual violence, drug and alcohol use and mental
health, the Stella Project works for positive, sustained
improvement in the way services are delivered to survivors, their
children and perpetrators.
About the Stella Project
The Stella Project started as a partnership between the Greater
London Domestic Violence Project (GLDVP) and the Greater London
Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA) in 2003. During 2002,
discussions between GLDVP and GLADA identified gaps in the current
service provision for both survivors and perpetrators of domestic
violence who use substances problematically. GLDVP and GLADA
created the Stella Project in order to find positive and creative
ways to work towards more inclusive service provision.
In 2010 as the GLDVP made steps to incorporate wider forms of
violence against women and girls into its new remit of AVA, the
Stella Project incorporated sexual violence and mental health into
the scope of its work. This was in recognition of the level of
sexual violence experienced by women in particular who access drug
and alcohol treatment services and in recognition of the research
highlighting drug and alcohol use as coping mechanisms for
experiences of trauma.