ARRC – ACTION FOR CHANGE: Achieving Resilience, Recovery and Choices for women and children following domestic violence


  • To develop and exchange best practice in establishing specialised services to enable women and children to recover and reduce the need for removal of children
  • To empower women victims of domestic violence (DV) in steering and delivering the project to ensure services are responsive to their needs
  • To develop the ‘invest to save’ business case for establishing specialised services and develop recommendations for establishing provision at local, regional and national level across partner countries
  • To improve awareness and understanding of the needs of target beneficiaries and encourage and assist member states to develop service options that address gaps in provision


  • Women’s Resources and Women’s Shadow Board
  • 4 Pilot Projects in UK, Romania, Hungary and Italy
  • 4 Transnational Workshops and 4 Round Tables on the topics of birth mothers and families
  • Desk-top Literature and Best Practice Review
  • Pilot Project Evaluation Report
  • Best Practice Tool
  • Final Dissemination Conference in the UK


  • Steering Committee in the UK, in Romania and in Italy, with the involvement of women survivors of domestic violence, organised in the Shadow Women’s Board
  • Organisation of 4 Round Tables on the topics of birth mothers and families and implementing adequate support services to prevent the placement of children from women living in violent environment – stakeholders, academics, researchers, policy makers, practitioners and the women’s shadow boards will be directly engaged
  • Desk-based and qualitative research (interviews with women survivors and practitioners) to map the existing services and report on the best practices in delivering support to the target group
  • Design and implementation of new services delivered as pilot projects for women at risk of losing a child to care as a result of domestic violence
  • Development of a Best Practice Toolkit for practitioners, based on the findings of the research, the Transnational Workshops, the Round Tables, the women’s shadow board, and pilot project evaluations


  • Coordinator: RBKC – Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (United Kingdom)
  • Advance (United Kingdom)
  • Inclusion (United Kingdom)
  • CFCECAS – Center for Lifelong Learning and Evaluation of Skills in Social Work (Romania)
  • G-Led (Hungary)
  • Borgorete (Italy)

Associated Partners

  • Westminster City Council (United Kingdom)
  • London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (United Kingdom)

Info & contacts

Date of project

01/01/2015 – 31/12/2016

DG of reference

DG Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship – DAPHNE III Programme