Home > National Work and Consultancy > Local Partnership


Pathfinder is a project led by Standing Together against Domestic Violence in partnership with four expert organisations:

Our vision is to:

  • Synthesise the guidance and evidence base on the role of health services (acute health trusts, mental health trusts, general practices) in domestic abuse;
  • Identify the barriers to implementing a best practice approach to domestic abuse in each of these settings;
  • Develop a guide to support these settings to bridge the implementation gap;
  • Collaborate with influencers to drive towards universal adoption of best practice.

We are achieving this through partnering with 8 pilot sites across the UK. Together with Clinical Commissioning Groups, acute health trusts and mental health trusts, we are:

  • Capturing the processes undertaken to achieve existing good practice;
  • Drawing on operational experience and expertise of NHS staff to understand barriers;
  • Listening to survivors’ experiences of their journeys through health services;
  • Testing out ‘what works’ in embedding best practice;
  • Developing the code for sustainability in best practice. 

For full and updated information on the Pathfinder Project, please visit our dedicated website www.pathfindertoolkit.org

This work is jointly funded by the Department for Health & Social Care and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and is running until March 2020.