Forced marriage and school holidays

As the school holidays approach and travel restrictions are lifted, there is a risk of children being taken abroad, and being forced to marry. Forced marriage is illegal.

We need to stay alert to Signs of children and young people being in potential danger of Forced Marriage. It is important to act quickly, without alerting family members or friends who may be part of the plans.

Find out how to get help

Support services for perpetrators of abuse/abusers

Help and resources for those worried about how they are treating their partner or family member and want to stop.

Being controlling and abusive is a choice of the abuser. They are the only ones who can stop their behaviour. If they do not want to change then they will continue to be abusive. Addiction, redundancy or witnessing abuse as a child are not causing the perpetrator to be abusive. There is no excuse for domestic abuse. 

If you are being abusive to someone you love or have once loved, you can change your behaviour. You can do this by accessing support.

Support organisation


The Drive Project is a flagship intervention working with those causing harm in their relationships. It helps prevent abusive behaviour and protect victim-survivors. Service users have been assessed as posing a high-risk, high-harm level of domestic abuse to the people they are in intimate or family relationships with. They also often have many needs and are resistant to change. ​

The Drive Project has an intensive case management approach that challenges service users to change. It works with partner agencies like the police and social services to prevent abuse.

For information about interventions - The Drive Project and Restart - please email

If you are worried about your own behaviour, call Freephone:  0808 802 4040 or visit the respect phoneline

Positive Change Service (PCS)

Work with children who have lived with family conflict, parents who have experienced abuse and parents who have been abusive.

They deliver programmes for perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence and their children.
The weekly programmes for children and mothers run parallel over 12 weeks. The programmes for dads run over 20 weeks in Sylheti and English (individual programmes to female perpetrators / male survivors/ those requiring interpreters).

Referral is via CSC Mosaic and via children’s centres. We work with survivors and children (not perpetrators) via early help. Professionals making the referral need to have consent from the family.

Tel: 020 7364 3015


For consultancy and risk, Kate Iwi: 07714 329 550


For Referrals to PCS:
Through Mosaic for CSC or else






Offers a confidential helpline offering advice, information and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive to their partners. Trained advisors help and advise men who abuse their female partners (straight or bi), men who abuse their male partners (gay or bi), women who abuse their partners and frontline practitioners working with domestic violence perpetrators.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm

Tel: 0808 802 4040



Domestic Violence Intervention Project

Support for individuals who have been violent to their partner. Female partners of those accepted on to a programme will be offered services.

Tel: 020 7633 9181


Violence Prevention Programme Email:


GamCare is the leading national provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling.

With Live chats, group chats and forums, there are many ways to get in contact.

Available 24/7

Tel: 0808 8020 133

Live chat

Group chatroom



The 'Culturally Integrated Family Approach' (CIFA)

CIFA 1-2-1 Perpetrator Programme

A programme delivered on a 1:1 basis for men who have been abusive in their relationships. There are 16-20 sessions dependent on the levels of risk/needs posed by the service user. Each session has been adapted to ensure the programme is culturally informed and responsive to individual learning needs with more family focused sessions. 

Download the RISE Programme referral form or email


The National Debtline

National Debtline is a charity. We give free and independent debt advice over the phone and online.

Use the online tool to get debt help now.

Webchat with an adviser

Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday, 9:30 am to 1pm. This is the fastest way to speak to a specialist adviser.

Email for advice


Change page

VAWG service directory

You can find lots of other useful services on the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) service directory homepage.