News from RtR

Our good friends at AVA in London have a request for help with some important research:

Do you support children and/or young people with parents who have taken part in a perpetrator intervention?

We will be arranging some focus groups and want your expert views on how these interventions have worked for young people and their families.

As the Christmas season begins to appear in shops and we start to consider what we can get for who, have you considered us? Christmas is for giving but by shopping through Give as you Live, you can buy your gifts for the usual price online but earn us a small donation in the bargain!

We are very pleased that we heard from two legal firms in Oxfordshire this week advising that they can now provide Legal Aid for Family Law cases and thus able to provide for domestic abuse cases. Both firms are now also listed on our Oxfordshire Home Page.

The first in a newly created firm in Abingdon

Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP (BH&O)

This will be useful to anybody waiing for training to become a DA Champ in Bucks. Faye is our Chief Champ in the area and has booked some more dates for training. If you are waiting, and can make one of the following sessions- just email us to book a place.

There are the full list of dates for Bucks which still have places left:

Here is a message from our good friends at OAC

Welcome to the new academic year

We often gets requests for help with research into aspects of domestic abuse. If you have experience of attending MARACs, then we'd ask that you please consider supporting the following:


My name is Natalie Acheampong. I am a paralegal with a postgraduate degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Now I am a Tuwezeshe fellow, and I am emailing you regarding a project I am creating called ‘Track my MARAC.’  

We heard from our Chief DA Champion in West Berks this week; Chloe wanted us to know that they have just published their West Berks 2018 directory of DA services. 

This document is extremely useful for practitioners in the West Berks area; it advises on what is available locally and nationally in one document.

We heard from Pete Fox last week, a step father of one of our IDVA clients.

He wanted to raise funds for our IDVA team and the Salvation Army. Both organisations, he says, really transformed his step daughter's life and her journey out of domestic abuse. He is looking for sponsors for an incredible journey of his own!

Pete is  planning to cycle an extraordinary route, here is what he says:


The Reducing the Risk Champions' Network has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Partnership Working Award in The Children & Young People Now Awards 2018.

The Children & Young People Now Awards recognise projects and initiatives that improve the lives of children, young people and families. The awards are now in their thirteenth year and help raise the profile for projects such as ours.

The Reducing the Risk Champions Network strives to bridge the gap between agencies and to strengthen information sharing and networking between professionals who are all supporting victims of domestic abuse and their families. Therefore to have our hard work recognised by these awards is a real indication of what we have achieved thus far and we thank all our Champions for being part of our networks. Your support and dedication to Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse are what keep our networks thriving.

For more information about the awards, please see 

The award ceremony will take place on November 21, 2018. Please keep your fingers crossed!

We just wanted to let all our DA Champions know that we very recently trained a fantastic new batch of Champion Trainers in Torbay in Devon.

This great group of trainers will soon be swelling the numbers of the new network across their area.

This is a very new approach for Devon but the training and concept were extremely well received by everyone there. Those of us who have enjoyed a network for some time already appreciate the benefits of belonging to DA Champions and it was brilliant to see it received so enthusiastically again.

Many thanks to Jason (Chief Champ in Torbay) and all his new trainers for their warm welcome. We feel that this group is destined for great success in spreading both awareness of DA and the benefits of a network for Champions and their agencies, as well as, above all, initiating a positive response for victims.

We have already started to receive applications for joining the Torbay network- if you have signed up, then we will be in touch very soon- once the training dates and venues are confirmed- watch this space.