The research team are responsible for providing the Commissioner with a robust evidence base that underpins her advice to national government and local decision makers.

An early priority for our team is to map and monitor the provision of domestic abuse services in England and Wales, in order to shine a light on good practice as well as identify where improvements need to be made. This includes several ‘deep dive’ projects which will focus on the provision of specific types of services. Through these mapping projects the Commissioner will be able to identify gaps in provision, and make recommendations for how to improve provision and practice. This is our first step to addressing the ‘postcode lottery’ of domestic abuse services. 

The research team provide the Commissioner and her office with data and research briefings to inform our understanding of the scale and nature of domestic abuse. This includes the collation of data from a wide range of sources, such as the Office for National Statistics, the Crown and Prosecution Service, and frontline services. We also keep a close eye on research undertaken by both academia and sector organisations, and ensure this is effectively amplified to policy decision-makers.  

An ethical approach is integrated at the heart of all our research projects. This includes working with our sector and survivor advisory groups (once recruited) to develop our research methods, and inform our work. Our team abide by Government Social Research ethical principles, and also apply the domestic abuse specific Research Integrity Framework. The framework was written by the four Women’s Aid federations from Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in partnership with academic researchers.

Domestic abuse services – national mapping

Mapping services

Delivery partner: Delivered in-house, with support from Women’s Aid Federation England, Welsh Women’s Aid and Tonic

Timings: National Survey open until 3rd August 2021

The Domestic Abuse Commissioner is mapping the provision of domestic abuse services across England and Wales, which will seek to better understand what services exist where, and for who.

To do this, we have sent out a survey to all service providers across England and Wales, which is now live and will be open until Tuesday 3rd August.

All services across England and Wales should have received a link to an online survey. If you run a service but have not been sent the survey, please contact us by emailing

Further information about our mapping work, including detailed guidance on how to complete the online survey, is available below.