About Authentic Voice


SafeLives, Improvement Service and Resilience Learning Partnership have been awarded funding by the Scottish Government to work in partnership with survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and trauma. 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.

The project will be supported and overseen by the SafeLives Authentic Voice Panel, a group of women with lived experience of domestic abuse, dedicated to ensuring that survivor voice is at the heart and start of services, policy, and strategy.

Resilience Learning Partnership joined the project in 2021, bringing the voices of women with lived experience of domestic abuse and complex trauma. Bringing together a mixture of women from across RLP we now have established our AV (Active Vision) Team. This team will create and contribute to the suite of resources this project will produce.


SafeLives Whole Lives Scotland project - SafeLives Authentic Voice Panel formed

October 2021

Delivering Equally Safe Funding for Authentic Voice Project awarded to SafeLives and Improvement Service.

Authentic Voice Project begins. Discovery exercise carried out with existing lived experience projects

Additional Trauma Funding to work with Resilience Learning Partnership confirmed. Resilience Learning Partnership join the project.

October - March 2022

Partners introduce project to key Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Trauma Networks

March 2022

Project launch event and publication of Discovery Report

May 2022

First deep dive workshop held focusing on whole system working

July 2022

Beginning of 1-1 implementation support: pilot project with one local authority area agreed

October/November 2022

Series of national deep dive workshops held focused on key barriers to embedding lived experience

November 2022

Resilience Learning Partnership launch podcast series

January - June 2023

Dundee Pilot Project engagement activities and events delivered

September 2023

Dundee Pilot Project Report completed

The Team

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