Hestia's Research and Publications

Hestia campaigns and advocates nationally on the issues that affect the men, women and children who are supported by our services.

Our publications provide data and insight on the lived experiences of people who have experienced domestic abuse, modern slavery and challenges with their mental health.

For more information on our research and publications, and for media requests, contact our visit press office

Read our latest reports and publications now:

Journey to Refuge report Hestia

Journey to Refuge: A Child's Experience of Domestic Abuse

December 2021 

This publication reveals the tragic impact of domestic abuse on children.
Hestia Underground Lives Forgotten Children

Underground Lives: Forgotten Children, The Intergenerational Impact of Modern Slavery

October 2021 

Hestia's 7th Underground Lives report explores how children who are born as a result of modern slavery, or those who witness their mothers being exploited, are not getting the support they need.

No way out and no way home:
Modern slavery and homelessness in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

May 2021 

This publication from Project TILI (Hestia, BAWSO, Belfast Women’s Aid and Shared Lives Plus) explores the deep link between modern slavery and homelessness.

domestic abuse in lockdown

Domestic Abuse in Lockdown

October 2020 

Key data from our domestic abuse services since 23 March 2020 

Underground Lives: Criminal Exploitation of Adult Victims

July 2020

The sixth publication in our Underground Lives series explores police response to victims of criminal exploitation, strategies used by criminal gangs to recruit victims and how to support victims through COVID-19 and beyond.

Underground Lives: Homelessness and Modern Slavery in London

October 2019

The fifth publication in our Underground Lives series explores the link between homelessness and modern slavery in the capital

How to spot the signs of modern slavery

Toolkit: Spot the Signs of Modern Slavery

October 2019

How you can help to prevent modern slavery in your community

Suicide Prevention Toolkit

October 2019

Practical tips on how to start the conversation around suicide, and how to look after your wellbeing when you do.

Healthy Relationship Toolkit

September 2019

Created in partnership with Hestia's Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) Integrated Mental Health Service The Grove Centre's Relationship Group

Hope for the future: Support for survivors of trafficking after the National Referral Mechanism

July 2019

An evaluation at the pilot STEP project, created in partnership between Hestia, the British Red Cross ad Ashiana, and the importance of long-term support for survivors of modern slavery.

Impact On Adults Who Have Experienced Domestic Abuse In Childhood

May 2019

Data by Opinium, Commissioned by Hestia (2019)

Underground Lives: Police Response to Victims of Modern Slavery

Underground Lives: Police Response to Victims of Modern Slavery

March 2019

The fourth publication in our Underground Lives series. 

On The Sidelines: The Economic and Personal Cost of Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence

March 2019

New analysis from charity Pro Bono Economics, carried out for Hestia, highlights the staggering potential cost, up to £1.4bn, to UK taxpayers of children exposed to severe domestic violence who are not given support to overcome their trauma. 

Read the report here.

Read the press release here.

Underground Lives: Male Victims of Modern Slavery

Underground Lives: Male Victims of Modern Slavery

October 2018

The third publication in our ‘Underground Lives’ series. This report shines a light on the experiences of male victims of modern slavery in London. 

With special thanks to ATLEU, the Helen Bamber Foundation, the Human Trafficking Foundation, Hope for Justice, the Metropolitan Police Anti-Slavery Unit and other organisations interviewed as part of our research.

We are also grateful to Hogan Lovells who supported the legal research.

Everyone's Business: Domestic Abuse & Employment

September 2018

Everyone’s Business is a new innovative cross-partnership programme putting employers at the heart of tackling domestic abuse and providing them with the tools they need to recognise and prevent domestic abuse, be prepared to receive disclosures and actively respond and speedily support employees
who are experiencing or perpetrating domestic


Hestia's Response to the Domestic Abuse Consultation

June 2018

The Domestic Abuse Bill provides a once in a generation opportunity to transform our
response to domestic abuse. Our consultation response has been informed by our service
users, both directly and through the everyday experiences of our staff.

#WhatICanDo: The Role of Friends & Family in Tackling Domestic Abuse 

May 2018

Hestia commissioned leading market research company Opinium to undertake a survey of 2,003 nationally representative UK adults (aged 18+). This report is based on the results of an online survey. Our results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria.

Underground Lives: Pregnancy & Modern Slavery

March 2018

The second release in our ‘Underground Lives’ series. This report shines a light on the experiences of pregnant victims of modern slavery in London.

Underground Lives: The Reality of Modern Slavery in London - 2018 UPDATE

March 2018

An updated release of the first report in the 'Underground Lives' series.

Funding for Supported Housing: Consultation Response 

January 2018

Read our consultation response for Funding for Supporting Housing 

Improving access to Social Housing for victims of domestic abuse: Consultation Response 

January 2018

Read our consultation response for Improving access to Social Housing for victims of domestic abuse

Underground Lives: The Reality of Modern Slavery in London 

November 2017

The report reveals the true face of modern slavery in London, with our figures suggesting that the problem is different in the capital in comparison with the rest of the UK.

From Victim to Survivor: Domestic abuse in 21st Century London

April 2016

The report reveals the experiences of 206 women living in our domestic abuse refuges. 

Hidden Child: The Forgotten Victims of Domestic Abuse

September 2015

The report reveals their needs to be at the very heart of the UK’s response to domestic abuse.

Research Requests 

Hestia welcomes research proposals that will benefit our service users. If you are interested in working with Hestia, please read our policy and submit a request form to [email protected]