The Forum moderator has provided expert advice and support to forum users in relation to safety planning, mental health and recovery from abuse, available support services, finances, housing, child welfare, and criminal and civil court processes.
This is the number of registered users on the forum.
Estimated girls & women affected
This estimate is based on each woman using the forum having a network of 5 members of family and friends, who may benefit indirectly.
Estimated community members affected
Last year, you supported Women’s Aid to provide a lifeline to women affected by domestic violence. The Survivors Forum is an interactive online message board that enables those who want to share their experiences and offer support to one another in a safe and anonymous environment. Thanks to your generous support, we now have 8,916 women using the forum and your donation kept the Survivors Forum running for another three months. This enabled us to provide support to women who are currently experiencing domestic violence, have recently left an abusive relationship, or who have experienced domestic violence in the past and are still coping with the impact. The Forum moderator has provided expert advice and support to forum users in relation to safety planning, mental health and recovery from abuse, available support services, finances, housing, child welfare, and criminal and civil court processes. The forum is open to all adult women regardless of location, age, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle. It particularly benefits women who do not have strong support networks, or are isolated due to disability.
When I come here I feel safe - nobody is going to judge me or try to get me to see my abuser's point of view. You all understand me because you've walked in my shoes - that unconditional understanding is so valuable to me. By sharing your stories with me and letting me give advice in return you've made me feel smart and knowledgeable. I just want to thank all of you for helping me AND thank everyone who's read and responded to my own advice. You've been a big influence on my healing process.
Risks and challenges
An ongoing challenge is ensuring the safety and well being of forum users. The forum moderators continually check to ensure that forum users are not posting any information that might make them identifiable and therefore, expose them to risk from their abuser, editing posts as necessary. The moderators role also involves supporting women with poor mental health to access support services as quickly as possible. Where there is a potentially significant risk presented on the forum (for example, a child being abused), the moderator will breach confidentiality in line with our published policy and procedure and inform the appropriate authorities.
What we’ve learned
A report from London Metropolitan University in 2012 on the impact of the Survivors Forum demonstrated that the forum users see this space as a consistent source of support and accurate information, whether they are or are not in contact with support services. We have learnt just how vital this service is in providing an informal space for women to share their experiences of domestic abuse.
We will continue to run this vital service, as it provides a lifeline to thousands of women affected by domestic violence and abuse. The service relies on the generosity of supporters like Catapult, and it is thanks to you that we have been able to support thousands of women affected by domestic violence and abuse. Thank you for your generous support!
Amount spent so far
Staff costs (forum moderation & supervision)
Travel, subsistence & training
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You can learn more about our Survivors Forum and the work of Women's Aid here : http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100080021
Give victims of domestic violence a Survivors Forum, an interactive message board.
Why we care: One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and two women a week die at the hands of their abuser. Domestic violence has a significant, long-term impact on the women who experience it.
How we’re solving this: We’re providing a Survivors Forum to women affected by domestic violence. An interactive online message board, the Survivors Forum is a real lifeline to those who want to share their experiences and offer support to one another in a safe and anonymous environment.
The Forum allows users to post and respond to messages, to each other, and is moderated by trained workers to ensure that users are kept safe and are provided with accurate information and appropriate support. One member shared, “This Forum is like a lifeline to me – always knowing there is someone there with all the advice, I’ve come a long way!”
The Forum was piloted in 2009 and has continued to run since, with over 5,852 members now registered, making a total of 128,972 posts. Last year alone, 1,626 new members registered. This shows the popularity the forum with women in need of support and guidance.
Your support will help those 5,852 women who are using the Survivors Forum by funding staff and moderation costs, along with travel and training. With your help, we’ll keep the Survivors Forum running for another three months, providing support to women who are currently experiencing domestic violence, have recently left an abusive relationship, or who have experienced domestic violence in the past. The forum is open to all adult women regardless of location, age, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle. It particularly benefits women who do not have strong support networks, or are isolated due to disability.
Leaving an abusive relationship is a huge transition. Often, women experience isolation due to their abuser cutting them off from friends or family, or because of the shame they may feel as a victim of domestic violence. As a result, abused women need a safe place where they can access informal support regardless of their location, as well as access to accurate information about the options available to them.
The Survivors Forum offers a safe space, by giving survivors of domestic violence a platform to talk, ask questions, and receive support to enable them to leave their abuser and recover. Together, we can help women help each other.