Transforming the care, support and protection of children affected by domestic abuse and homicide
The Joanna Simpson Foundation is transforming the care, support and protection to children affected by domestic abuse and homicide through research and knowledge, influencing social policy, creating public awareness of the needs of these children and through driving sustained investment in new and improved services which look to achieve measured outcomes in the long term well being of children. We believe this is best achieved through:
Financial investment in services delivered by experts in their field who understand the needs of children
Leverage of skills and capability from the business sector to assure successful project delivery and outcomes
Investment in targeted primary and secondary research to ensure investment is based on an informed basis of underlying needs and gaps
Being a trusted and informed advisor of child centric public policies related to domestic abuse and homicide
It is estimated that one quarter of young people have witnessed at least one episode of domestic violence by the age of 18. Nearly 130,000 children are living in households where there is risk of death or serious harm as a result of domestic violence, and up to 200 children every year are bereaved through homicide. There is evidence that children affected by these crimes may go on to repeat these patterns as adults.
It is vital to provide such children with a safe, secure and supportive environment, giving them the chance to heal and rebuild their lives and to strive for fulfilling and positive futures. As well as improving the lives today of many thousands of children, this must also have a positive impact for the next generation of society.
We work with a range of partners across the public, private and charitable sectors and are guided and advised by trusted legal and academic specialists.
In its first two years, the Joanna Simpson Foundation is focused on victims of domestic homicide and is:
1. Investing in services to offer the right advice and support to new carers, as well as preparing and empowering young people when a perpetrator is released from custody.
2. Establishing a full understanding of the unique needs of these children through focused research
3. Influencing public policies to ensure a child-centric legal and criminal justice system. The Foundation has already demonstrated its capability as a respected and successful campaigner, with the CPS announcing its first ever Legal Guidance on Domestic Homicides in May this year.
4. Raising public awareness and understanding of domestic homicide and its devastating effects.