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Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse


Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair of Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse. I hope that reading about our organisation and the work we do inspires you to take the next step and apply for this role.

Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse was founded 25 years ago with the ambition to eradicate domestic abuse by transforming the way organisations and individuals think about, prevent, and respond to it. We work with partner agencies from the voluntary and statutory sectors including health, housing, criminal justice, and community groups, to embed a Coordinated Community Response (CCR). The CCR aims to identify and respond effectively to domestic abuse to ensure survivors receive the best possible support to live free from abuse.

In addition to the CCR, we have developed other interventions such as Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, Independent Domestic Violence Advisers, Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, Domestic Homicide Reviews, and in partnership with others, the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance. All these approaches have, as their underlying philosophy, a system of coordination.

I have been involved with Standing Together as a volunteer, Trustee and Chair. I am passionate about the organisation and its mission. We are at a pivotal point in our development, having grown rapidly over the last two years, which has led to changes both operationally and with our governance designed to position us to continue to grow and be effective.

Our ambition for the next five years is to build upon that work and to continue to develop and expand the CCR to support survivors wherever they find themselves. That means we need to support our expert staff in building those relationships and constantly learn and adapt our practice as circumstances change.

To do that we need a dedicated, committed and experienced person to become our next Chair. You will need to be knowledgeable about our sector and our role in it, share our passion for the work and lead our change process. And that requires an inspirational leader with a collaborative mindset and business acumen. Recruiting a permanent Chief Executive and additional trustees this summer and continuing our evolution as an effective and inspiring organisation is where you will start.

In 3-5 years’ time we aim to have the CCR more widely embedded and that more survivors are supported to live free from abuse. It’s really worthwhile and really necessary.

I hope you will read this with interest, and if you share our ambition and passion and think this role is for you, I look forward to seeing your application.

Kruti Patel

Chair of STADA

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