Luke Martin joins LimeCulture to develop Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse

LimeCulture is delighted to announce that Luke Martin has joined their team as a Consultant Project Manager to lead the development of new Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse. 

This exciting project is being funded by the Home Office and will seek to engage commissioners, service providers and importantly, male victims/survivors of domestic abuse, in the development of new standards that aim to improve quality and consistency of the services available to support males.

Luke brings with him a wealth of professional knowledge and experience in the domestic abuse sector. His impressive career includes working as a frontline professional supporting victims/survivors and as a trainer working with frontline professionals to develop their skills to support victims/survivors. Luke has also previously worked within a Local Authority, which provided him with invaluable experience of working within a commissioning organisation responsible for domestic abuse services. He is an adept project manager, with experience of delivering similar projects to support male victims/survivors. 


In the coming weeks, Luke will be begin consulting with professionals and services currently supporting males, commissioners and funders of domestic abuse services, and directly with male victims/survivors of domestic abuse in order to:

  • gather information which will enable us to develop Quality Standard that are fit for purpose and address the quality expectations of services supporting males
  • seek professional and service providers views on the scope of the quality standards, and what they should include
  • engage with male victims/survivors about their experiences of accessing support services to ensure their views are central to the development of the Quality Standards. 

For more information about the development of the Quality Standards for Male Victims/Survivors of Domestic Abuse please contact


LimeCulture Now Taking Nominations for ISVA LimeLight Awards 2020!

LimeCulture is excited to be hosting the 5th National Conference for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) ‘Knowledge & Network”, which will take place on 5 March 2020 in Manchester.

ISVAs are part of an important workforce that have been increasing in size and recognition over the last decade. It is widely recognised that ISVAs play an integral role in providing support and responding to those who have experienced sexual violence. This national conference will bring together professionals to share knowledge and provide a unique opportunity to network with other members of the ISVA workforce.

Once again, LimeCulture is delighted that the 2020 conference will incorporate a special ceremony to present the LimeLight Awards, which were introduced by Sir Keir Starmer at the 2016 National ISVA Conference to provide professional recognition for the amazing work that is undertaken by ISVAs throughout the UK.

LimeCulture is keen to ensure that the outstanding contributions and achievements of these professionals who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work as ISVAs continue to be properly recognised through the LimeLight Awards.

There are 4 LimeLight Awards:

  • Award 1: Award for Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults
  • Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize – Award for Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children and Young People
  • Award 3: Limelight ISVA Team/Service Innovation Award
  • Award 4: Award for Inspirational ISVA Manager

Anyone can nominate an individual ISVA, an ISVA Manager or an ISVA Team or Service by simply completing a nomination form – you can also nominate yourself or your own team. Nominations close on 4 February 2020. More information about how to nominate can be found by clicking here

Rachael Bloomer is an ISVA working at SafeLink, an ISVA service based in Bristol supporting victims/survivors from across the whole of Avon and Somerset. Rachael was the winner of the 2018 LimeLight Award for Outstanding Achievement for an ISVA Supporting Adults. She says

“It felt really heartwarming that one of my team had taken the time to nominate me. Being valued by service users and by colleagues makes the job a whole load easier and this was a lovely gesture of recognition from someone who I knew was so busy (and deserved the recognition as much as me!)

For more information about last year’s LimeLight Awards and the inspirational winners of each category please click here

Knowledge & Network will include a topical range of speakers, workshops and designated time to network and meet peers. The focus of the event will be aimed at improving operational responses and ISVA practices. The event should be viewed as continued professional development.

To book your place at the National ISVA Conference please click here.