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Our Work

Who we are

Equation is a charity that promotes equal, healthy relationships free from domestic abuse.

1 in 4 women will be abused by a partner, ex or family member at some point in their lives and on average 2 women a week lose their lives because of domestic violence. Equation exists to prevent and reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse and sexual violence in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.

Working in partnership, Equation empowers our whole community to challenge this abuse through healthy relationships education, awareness campaigns, professional training and promoting safety.

Equation’s annual impact


Preventing abuse

6000 young people educated about healthy relationships


Reducing harm

1800 community professionals trained about domestic abuse


Challenging damaging attitudes

50,000 citizens reached by awareness campaigns


Improving safety

120,000 abuse information cards help survivors reach local services


Providing support

100 men experiencing domestic abuse receive emotional support

*figures from 2014-15

Our history

In 1989 Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum (NDVF) was founded to bring together all the experts working against domestic violence in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. In addition to partnership working, the organisation developed vital services to meet local needs: in 1996 the organisation was the first in the area to establish a central domestic abuse training and awareness programme for local community professionals; in 2000, we supported the launch of the first 24-hour domestic violence helpline in the country by developing safety information cards that promoted the new local service; in 2002, we delivered our first schools healthy relationships project.  Our work has continually expanded to meet demand.

In 2012 we rebranded as Equation. We maintain our founding ethos of partnership working and our aspirational vision of universal healthy, equal relationships. Equation remains the central local organisation for domestic abuse training and best practice guidance for frontline community professionals, promotion of local domestic violence services and prevention work in schools.

Our income

The majority of Equation’s income comes from local government and donations by charitable foundations and individuals. Thanks to all our major funders:

  • Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership
  • Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Women’s Aid Integrated Services
  • Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid
  • Mansfield Partnership Against Crime
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Opportunities Fund
  • University of Leicester
  • The British Film Institute via Film Hub Central East
  • Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
  • Lady Hind Trust
  • Thomas Farr Trust
  • Jessie Spencer Trust


our income


Would you like to support us?

You can get involved in supporting Equation’s work against abuse in 3 key ways

  1. Raise awareness

    Raise awareness and campaign with us

  2. Volunteer

    Join our fundraising or campaign teams

  3. Fundraise

    Make a donation or join a fundraising event

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