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DALLI study Survey

Do you provide care to adults with a life-limiting illness or work for an organisation supporting people affected by domestic abuse?

In 2019/2020 an estimated 2.4 million adults in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse* and the cost to health services is estimated at £2.3 billion per year. People living with a life-limiting illness are at increased risk of domestic abuse because they are vulnerable, frail, isolated and dependent on others. They spend long periods of time in the home, often in close proximity to abusers, and may have difficulty seeking help and support. This situation will have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic because those with a life-limiting illness have been required to shield, therefore increasing their isolation.

Little is known about domestic abuse in the context of life-limiting illness and the support needs of those at risk. Led by Dr Michelle Myall the DALLI study aims to address this gap. Working with health and social care professionals, domestic abuse charities and other third sector organisations, safeguarding leads and patient and public representatives, we will co-produce an intervention to help health and social care professionals working in hospice and palliative care services to detect and respond to domestic abuse affecting patients they support.

We are carrying out a short survey to find out what provision currently exists in the Wessex region and would like to hear from you if you work in an organisation that provides care to adults with a life-limiting condition or supports adults who are affected by domestic abuse. This includes:

  • hospice and palliative care services

  • primary or secondary care

  • adult social care

  • domestic abuse charities

  • third sector organisations who support vulnerable people

  • other organisations who support people with a life-limiting illness and/or affected by domestic abuse

If you would like to take part please click here: for further information and access to the survey. We would also be grateful if you would share the link with colleagues.

All responses are anonymous, we do not ask for any identifying information about you or your organisation.

If you have any questions please email the research team at:

Further details about the DALLI study can be found here.

* In the UK domestic abuse is defined as “any incidents or patterns of incidents of controlling, coercive, or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality, abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional” (DHSC, 2017).


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