This page has been established based on suggestions made from service users who sit on a group called the Domestic/ Sexual Abuse Service User Reference Group (DASURG)

The Domestic/ Sexual Abuse Service User (SU) Reference Group is not a support group, but is a supportive group of individuals who have experience of domestic/Sexual Abuse

Purpose of the group

  • To give opinions about services based on experience
  • To help identify any gaps or barriers to accessing support services
  • To ensure that services are coordinated
  • To influence services (this could be generic and specialist support services) and practice
  • Potential routes for SU representation on other bodies in governance structure
  • To highlight, promote and celebrate good practice in the city
  • Members of the group can also play a role in raising awareness to professionals, through the eyes of a SU
  • To help with the development and promotion of Domestic/Sexual Abuse Marketing
  • To respond and take part in local, regional and national consultations


This page is currently under development but members of the Domestic Abuse –SURG would like to be able to use the page to share their experiences and provide any other information that they think would help others, either experiencing Domestic Abuse, contemplating fleeing or have fled domestic abuse already


Useful / Interesting links

Eve Thomas currently lives in Bolton, Greater Manchester in the North West of England

In 2010 Eve escaped over 21 years of domestic violence and has since gone on to found #SAFE & lead a successful national campaign for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and abuse

Survivors Stories – two pieces of writing by Lisa Rees, a member of the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Service Users Group (click below to access):

My Journey