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Projects we have worked on to date have involved mixed methods research methods, survivor consultation, group facilitation, project management, training, production of policy documents, organisational development and the production of written guidance and information.

We can provide the following services to your organisation:

Provision of  Chairs for Domestic Homicide Reviews

AVA provides a pool of professionals who since 2012 work as independent Chairs and to date have worked on over ten Domestic Homicide Reviews

Strategic planning

Examples of previous work:

  • Provision of consultancy support to develop a sustainable business model for IRIS, a general practice-based domestic violence and abuse (DVA) training support and referral programme(2013)
  • Provision of consultancy to Essex County Council to plan future domestic violence service provision (2012-13)

Partnership and organisational development

Examples of previous work:

  • Provision of Independent Chair for the MsUnderstood Project, a partnership between the University of Bedfordshire, Imkaan, and the Girls Against Gangs Project which aims to improve local and national responses to young people's experiences of gender inequality (2013-ongoing)
  • Provision of consultancy support to the Royal Navy in order to develop responses to domestic and sexual violence in line with 2010 guidance and strategy released by the Ministry of Defence (2013-ongoing)
  • Provision of consultancy support to Citizens Advice to support the pilot and subsequent roll out of the "ASK Routine Enquiry Programme" to the Citizens Advice Bureaux (2013-2015)
  • Provision of consultancy support to Shepherds Bush Housing Group to design an online reporting platform for young people as part of their Domestic Violence Online Project (2013)

Drafting protocols, Service Level Agreements and guidance

Examples of previous work:

  • Development of national guidance on Adolescent to Parent abuse (with Home Office, Youth Justice Board, Oxford University, Respect, National College of Policing) (2104 - 2015)
  • Provision of advice and written content for the Home Office 'This is Abuse' Campaign (2010)
  • Provision of development support for the revision of the European Manual for Risk Assessment, European Commission (2012)

Mentoring, coaching and online moderation

Examples of previous work:

  • Moderation of the Student room online forum and 'This is Abuse' Home Office Campaign (2013-2015)
  • Provision of mentoring support to staff at London Borough of Enfield (2012)

Service evaluation and quality assurance

Examples of previous work:

  • "I will be safe all my life": An Evaluation of the DeafHope Domestic Violence Prevention Programme, Sign Health (2014)
  • Provision of quality assurance reader for Domestic Violence Homicide Reviews (2012-14)
  • Sojourner Project Evaluation, Home Office (2011)

Writing documents, leaflets and online content

Examples of previous work:

  • Production of a range of leaflets for MOPAC for family and friends of survivors (2013)
  • Production of new website to support the development of the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence (CCRM), Home Office (2009)

Research using mixed methods

Examples of previous work:

  • The Challenge of Change: Improving services for women involved in prostitution and substance use (2013). Partnership project undertaken with Drugscope which involved peer led surveys and semi-structured interviews and the development of good practice guidance
  • Case by case: Refuge provision in London for survivors of domestic violence who use alcohol and other drugs or have mental health problems (2014). This research involved surveys, semi-structured interviews and document analysis to shed some light on the accessibility of refuge accommodation in London for women who have so-called complex need.
  • Provision of peer review for Advances in Dual Diagnosis

Survivor consultations

Examples of previous work:

  • Survivor focus groups for LB Newham to inform their future VAWG strategy (2012)
  • VAWG Customer Insight Project, LB Lambeth in partnership with Eaves (2011)
  • "Treat me like a human being, like someone who matters" Findings of the Stella Project Mental Health Initiative Survivor Consultation (2012)
  • Not worth reporting: women's experiences of alcohol, drugs and sexual violence (2014) Study on women's capacity to consent in cases of sexual violence that involve substance use. The methodology included a review of the existing literature on the 'capacity to consent', an online survey and interviews with survivors, and an online survey for professionals that work with survivors of sexual violence.

If you would like further information about how we can support your ogranisation through consultancy work, please contact


The AVA staff hold an impressive portfolio of skills and experience which enables the organisation to deliver a range of diverse and often complex pieces of work for stakeholders.

Karen Bailey
Karen Bailey has worked at AVA, for the past nine years. Her various roles include Acting Director, Deputy Director, Stella Project Coordinator and more recently as a consultant. She holds particular expertise in monitoring and evaluation, bid writing, budget management, mixed methods research, policy analysis and producing high quality written documents. Karen holds a Masters in the Policy and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex and is currently undertaking an MSc in Mental Health Services research methods at Kings College London. Her research interests lie in the area of violence against women and the overlapping issues of problematic substance use and mental health problems.

Jude Long
Jude has worked in the not for profit sector for 13 years, 10 of these spent working directly with young people and community groups.  She has worked in the field of violence against women and girls (VAWG) since 2010. Jude has experience in developing whole school approaches to VAWG within secondary school education. This includes training delivery, workshop facilitation, youth consultation, service evaluation, VAWG resource development, public awareness campaigning and social marketing. Prior to working at AVA Jude worked in the field of Community Development where she established expertise's in community engagement, community consultation, event management, project management, facilitating partnerships and establishing and fostering community groups.

She is skilled in training and events management and developing innovative learning opportunities for the sector through the creation of online learning and creative media. Jude holds a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies, is a qualified youth worker and internal OCN verifier. She is one of a small number of internal verifiers who can also externally verify OCN qualifications independently.

She is skilled in training and events management and developing innovative learning opportunities for the sector through the creation of online learning and creative media. Jude holds a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies, is a qualified youth worker and internal OCN verifier. She is one of a small number of internal verifiers who can also externally verify OCN qualifications independently.

Savita Narain
Savita Narain is Deputy Director (HR and Governance) of AVA.  She has worked for nearly 20 years in the voluntary and community sector, mostly in advice and information services.  She has worked for both local advice centres and national advice organisations including the Law Centres Federation and AdviceUK.  Before working at AVA she was Head of Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness.  Her specialisms include human resources, governance, advice and information, equality and diversity. She is a qualified trainer and delivers training on equality, diversity and discrimination issues.

Joanna Sharpen
Jo is a qualified youth worker with person centred counselling training and holds an Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, BSc (hons) in Psychology and an MA in Women and Child Abuse. She works for AVA as the Children and Young People's Project Coordinator. Prior to working at AVA she worked for Women's Aid for several years. She has written the Improving Safety, Reducing Harm national toolkit on children and domestic violence for practitioners, published by the Department of Health in 2009. She has also written numerous training packages on these issues and is currently writing a book on domestic violence in teenage relationships.


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