The Story of HOPE

Summary

The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on victims of domestic abuse was been catastrophic – a fact starkly illustrated by the 700% increase in calls to mainstream charity helplines such as Refuge.

In an effort to understand what this meant for Black, Asian and other minoritised victims of domestic abuse, H.O.P.E. convened a panel of experts and those with lived experience via Zoom. These included domestic abuse sector practitioners, activists, charity leads, researchers, mental health and emergency service workers, experts by experience, and students.

The aim of these meetings was to discuss minoritised victims experiences of domestic abuse during COVID-19, and how best to protect them. A series of sixteen meetings took place during the COVID lock-downs of 2020, with eighty-four speakers and over a thousand attendees from across the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa.

H.O.P.E. Training and Consultancy commissioned onEvidence and Dr Olumide Adisa to provide research, report writing, and design services. The aim was to identify key themes that emerged during the Zoom meetings. Findings would be written up in an accessible and informative report, along with recommendations, to be disseminated among stakeholders.

About the client

H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy was established by Meena Kumari in 2008 and provides specialist safeguarding training services to professionals.

H.O.P.E. Training

Background and objectives

H.O.P.E. Training and Consultancy commissioned onEvidence and Dr Olumide Adisa to provide research, report writing, and design services. The aim was to identify key themes that emerged during the Zoom meetings. Findings would be written up in an accessible and informative report, along with recommendations, to be disseminated among stakeholders.

Solution

We used qualitative research methods and data visualisation techniques to identify issues, experiences, and actions, from the conversations that took place during the H.O.P.E Zoom meetings in 2020.

Three key themes emerged, relating to (1) domestic abuse policy, (2) domestic abuse practice, and (3) barriers to reporting and help-seeking. These findings were written up and a report produced and designed by onEvidence. The published report, The Story of HOPE, can be viewed here.

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