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A Potted History of VIDA

Our organisation started life in the mid-90’s as Sheffield Domestic Violence Forum, one of several emerging UK multi-agency partnerships of voluntary and statutory agencies, meeting to discuss domestic violence issues, with the encouragement of the Home Office.

In Sheffield the Forum quickly became a charity and the current VIDA Director, Maureen Storey, was one of the first Development Workers employed in 1995, after many years involvement with Women's Aid, and later became the independent domestic abuse 'Co-ordinator' for Sheffield. SY Probation Service provided an office base as ‘funding in kind’ and the Council's Women's Officer assisted the development of the Forum.

Over time in Sheffield we moved towards using the term domestic abuse rather than ‘domestic violence’, in order to more accurately reflect the range of abusive and controlling behaviour - physical, emotional, sexual, financial - and to include the experiences of children and young people living in fear of that behaviour, and we changed our name to 'Sheffield Domestic Abuse Forum' to reflect this.

  Suffragettes, 70s feminism & Sheffield Campaign

It is very heartening to see how far work to tackle domestic abuse has come over the years of our existence, and to an even greater extent in almost 40 years of our sister organisations like Women’s Aid.

As voluntary sector partners in the new Sheffield Domestic Abuse Partnership, we decided it was time to change our name again to avoid confusion. We eventually settled on vida, which means 'life' in Spanish. vida distinguishes our role separately from, and within, the Partnership, and starts a new chapter in our development. Our organisation has grown from a small group of committed individuals to a well established and respected organisation, involved in the wide range of initiatives described here on our website.