Embedding lived experience in Scotland

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Our why

Our aim is to help ensure that local authorities and other community planning organisations have the knowledge, confidence, and tools they need to embed survivor voice into local system and service design processes in a robust, trauma informed and meaningful way.

We’ll do this by:

  • Supporting women with experience of domestic abuse and other forms of complex trauma to use their experiences to help shape the pathways to support and service delivery.
  • Enabling professionals working across a wide range of policy areas to embed survivor voice and lived experience into system and service design processes in a high quality, sustainable and trauma-informed way.
  • Helping decision-makers to see how meaningful change can be achieved, and compelled to act, through seeing living examples, having access to evidence & hearing diverse voices of people with lived experience.


Deep Dive Workshop – May 2022

The project partners are holding a series of deep dive workshops, bringing together stakeholders from a range of policy areas to discuss the barriers and enablers to embedding lived experience of gender-based violence and trauma into system and service design.

Launch event

On Thursday 3 March 2022 we held a virtual launch event for this project. The event provided an overview of the background to this work, a first look at the findings from our discovery exercise, and information on upcoming opportunities for engagement in future project activities.

Discovery Report

The Discovery Report is the culmination of the first phase of this programme of work. The project partners gathered learning on how survivor voice and lived experience is currently used in organisations across Scotland.