History and Background

HARV is a non-profit, independent charitable organization that aims to respond to the issues and needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse by providing quality and empowering services.

HARV also advocates for legislative and societal protection of survivors and raises public consciousness through education and information.

HARV exists primarily to provide women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, with a range of quality services which enable them to make informed decisions about their future.


In 2017/2018 HARV

  • received 5677 telephone calls to its Domestic Violence helpline.
  • worked directly with 734 female and 2 male victims of domestic violence (an increase from the previous year of 34%).
  • supported 1195 children and young people indirectly by supporting their mothers.
  • supported 581 children and young people directly through specialist children’s and young peoples services.
  • provided 765 school students education or awareness raising classes in schools via specialist HARV staff.
  • provided a direct  safeguarding  service worked to 135 children and young people.
  • provided play schemes for 56 children under the age of 11.
  • provided weekly positive activities to 96 young people between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • saw an increase of 76% in the number of new referrals.
  • provided specialised Domestic Violence Awareness training to over 75 professionals.
  • recognised gaps in services for children and young people whose parents are referred to MARAC and will prioritise the development of a specialist IDVA / safeguarding service.
  • HARV have very specialised services that identify, support and protect children and young people. The three tiered service now enables risk management and monitoring through the deliver of support dependant on level of risk.