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Tel: 01227 639768

Policy and Communications Officer

Location: Bristol, London or Remote, with some travel

Salary expectation: £22,000 to £25,000

Application deadline: Mon 19th October

This is a full-time role

SafeLives are the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good.


work with organisations across the UK to transform the response to domestic abuse. We want what you would want for your best friend. We listen to survivors, putting their voices at the heart of our thinking. We look at the whole picture for each individual and family to get the right help at the right time to make families everywhere safe and well. And we challenge perpetrators to change, asking ‘why doesn’t he stop?’ rather than ‘why doesn’t she leave?’ This applies whatever the gender of the victim or perpetrator and whatever the nature of their relationship.

Last year alone, nearly 11,000 professionals working on the frontline received our training. Over 65,000 adults at risk of serious harm or murder and more than 85,000 children received support through dedicated multi-agency support designed by us and delivered with partners. In the last three years, over 1,000 perpetrators have been challenged and supported to change by interventions we created with partners, and that’s just the start.

The Drive Partnership programme of work has two main objectives. This post holder will support delivery of both objectives as part of the Communications, Policy and Public Affairs team:

  1. Rolling out operational delivery of the Drive intervention in other areas of the country
  2. A wider, national systems change programme to influence a transformation in the response to all perpetrators of domestic abuse across England and Wales.

As part of a team, this post will support the Drive Head of Public Affairs, Policy and Communications to:

  •       Advance the development of, and public and political interest in, a more strategic approach to perpetrators of domestic abuse.
  •       Co-ordinate communications across the network of 80+ organisations who have signed up to the Call to Action for the government to develop a domestic abuse perpetrator strategy, building commitment of members and impact.
  •       Build and maintain our network of external and internal (Drive Partnership and site level partner) relationships to:
  1.                   develop safe and effective strategic public policy responses
  2.                   promote the above perpetrator related policy positions to decision makers
  3.                   offer sector leadership on best practice in perpetrator work
  •       Communicate Drive’s learning, messaging, reach and impact in the form of digital posts, reports, briefings, statements and policy positions.
  •       Establish Drive as the central point of contact for advice on high harm high risk perpetrators through the promotion of our services for professionals such as the web-chat advice service.
  •       Support the Drive practice team of Expert Advisers to ensure that resources are tailored to meet the needs of a range of audiences such as those working with perpetrators including frontline staff, operational managers and strategic staff from VCS organisations, local authorities, police, PCCs
  •       Engage in a compassionate, considerate and effective way with victims and survivors, through calls to the office, Pioneer interaction, colleagues and any other interaction we have in our day to day work
  •       Work with Drive practice team of Expert Advisers to consult with and give a platform to the voices of victims-survivors, case managers, professionals, and service users in a responsible and safe way
  •       Embed communications with partners and in current and new sites
  •       Project and promote our values – through considered language, inclusivity and equality in Drive comms.
  •       Maintain an accurate and secure audit trail of all relevant communication and ensure that all work is compliant with data protection law.
  •       Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

Deadline: Mon 19th October