Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) helps families after fatal domestic abuse by providing practical help: support, information, guidance, advice and advocacy
AAFDA provides an expert and specialist service to families on Domestic Homicide Reviews. Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. This provision came into force on 13 April 2011.
AAFDA’s Director Frank Mullane has personally been through one of these reviews and campaigned for many years to ensure DHRs became law. Mullane was asked by the Home Office to help write some of the statutory guidance. He has continually pushed for the involvement of families and other community members in DHRs and was commissioned by the Home Office to write guidance leaflets for families and friends. Frank has studied DHRs for many years and was recently invited to speak and about them in America. He is a member of the Home Office panel that quality assures DHRs nationally.
· Increases community awareness of domestic violence and risk factors
· Helps agencies improve their work on preventing domestic violence
· Helps improve the way these fatalities are reviewed
Frank Mullane was awarded the highly commended certificate for the individual category in the 2011 Una Padel Award.