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Our Work

Who we are

Equation’s goal as a charity is for everyone to have equal, healthy relationships, in a society free from domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality.

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.

Working primarily in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Equation delivers education to the whole community to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence, promote gender equality and raise aspirations for healthy relationships. We provide practical tools and guidance to support the well-being and safety needs of survivors.

Equation’s annual impact

figures from 2017-18


Preventing abuse

7000 young people educated about healthy relationships


Reducing harm

1333 community professionals trained about domestic abuse


Challenging damaging attitudes

more than 150,000 citizens reached by awareness campaigns


Improving safety

73,000 resources that help survivors reach local services were distributed



Providing support

274 men experiencing domestic abuse received emotional support

Our values

There are 5 core values that drive all Equation’s work.


Equation looks forwards to creating a world without domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality. Our outlook is aspirational and we seek to drive forward change


We challenge the status quo with tenacity and an energetic commitment to ending domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender inequality


Our work is based on solid evidence and a considered approach


We prioritise the wellbeing and safety of survivors, their children, and the whole community


We work in partnership against domestic abuse

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.

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

Find out how to support us