Domestic abuse victim and survivor feedback

The voices of all victims and survivors of domestic abuse should be heard. Share your experience and help improve services for everyone in Essex.

Why sharing your story matters

You have an enormous amount to give to your communities in enthusiasm, ideas, experience, skills or leadership. We want to make it easier for every domestic abuse victims and survivors to contribute and have the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

We can offer additional support to work sensitively and flexibly so your voice can be heard. This could include translation services, childcare support and help from a trusted person.


Charlie - Experts by Experience research participant

“It’s good for people to get their voice heard so that people realise what organisations are doing to protect women, men and their children.”

Real names are not used.

Victims and survivors have told us that they feel ‘having a say’ helped them to:

  • take back control, rebuild confidence and help with moving on and feeling valued
  • share experiences and learning in a safe space with others who will listen and understand
  • offer support to others in need and give a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves
  • improve services for others and make a difference
  • raise awareness of all types of abuse (not just physical), the support available and your rights and entitlements
  • challenge attitudes within society about who can be a victim of domestic abuse
  • show that abuse can affect anyone and that perpetrators are not always a current or former partner


Hiromi - Experts by Experience research participant

“I hope that my voice would be listened to and this would maybe help to change the services offered. It would also make me feel strong to feel that I had a voice and may be able to help change things.”

Real names are not used.

Your voice matters

All victims and survivors should have equal opportunities to participate and give feedback. Everyone is unique, and each person has different personal needs, values and beliefs.

We will continue to work in partnership with victims and survivors, families and carers. You are at the centre of guiding decisions and improvements and making services inclusive for everyone.