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    NCDV work in partnership with many different organisations including, but not limited to, the following, listed below. We thank every one of our partner organisations for helping us to work towards our mission – to make domestic abuse socially unacceptable.

    National Agencies

    Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000

    Mankind Initiative – 01823 334

    Men’s Advice Line UK – 0808 8010

    LGBT Helpline – 0345 330 30

    Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999

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    #AbuseTalk is a digital community supporting the discussion online on domestic

    Aanchal Women’s Aid

    Aanchal Women’s Aid – Specialist Grassroots BAME Domestic Abuse response charity. Specialist Domestic Abuse

    Adam Project

    The ADAM project is a service which is dedicated entirely to supporting male victims

    Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre

    Al-Hasaniya serves the health, welfare, educational and cultural needs of Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women

    All Women and Girls

    We are a UK based charity who work with vulnerable women and girls who

    Alumah CIO

    Relief of young people and adults who are survivors of domestic abuse.  To advance

    Amadudu Women’s Refuge

    Amadudu Women’s Refuge provides temporary accommodation for up to six families and is based

    Anah Project Ltd

    Anah Project provides safe, refuge accommodation and support for Black and Minoritised women fleeing

    Anglia Care Trust

    Domestic Abuse Outreach Service for Suffolk.
    Suffolk’s 24/7 Domestic Abuse Helpline: advice and guidance

    Apna Haq

    Apna Haq is an early intervention and prevention work organisation giving support to Black


    Ashiana runs three refuges with a total of 21 bedspaces; two specifically for women

    Asian Resource Centre of Croydon Ltd

    Asian Resource Centre of Croydon was established in 1999 as a charitable organisation with

    Asian Women’s Resource Centre

    Asian Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) is a specialist women’s organisation based in the London

    Awareness Matters

    Awareness Matters provides specialist psychotherapy and therapeutic support around domestic and sexual violence and

    Aylesbury Women’s Aid

    Aylesbury Women’s Aid has over 30 years’ experience in providing support for women, children

    By Fiona Bawden, Times Online (8th May 2007)

    “Steve Connor, a student at City Law School, is a man on a mission. Six years ago he was a fairly directionless 27-year-old. Today, as well as taking the Bar Vocational Course, he is chairman of the National Centre for Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking organisation that he dragged into existence after a friend could not get legal help to protect her from an abusive partner.

    Connor’s route to the Bar has been circuitous. In 2001 he returned from a year in Australia (he says that he would not dignify describing it as a gap year), and took a job as a process server in South London. The job (“I just saw it advertised in the paper”) was not quite as dull as it sounds. On one occasion he was threatened with a machete, on another, he was nearly stabbed by a man he had arranged to meet on Clapham Common to serve with a non-molestation order: “He’d seemed really friendly on the phone…”

    The turning point in his life came when a friend, who was being abused by her partner, turned to him for support. Connor went with her to the police. She did not want to press criminal charges so the police suggested that she visit a solicitor to take out a civil injunction. “We must have seen 12 solicitors in a morning. We just went from one to the next to the next to the next. Everyone was very eager to help until we sat down to fill in the forms for the legal aid means test,” he says. The woman, who had a small child, did not qualify for public funding. But, Connor says, her financial situation as it appeared on paper did not bear any relation to her financial situation in reality. “She had a part-time job and she and her partner owned their home. Yet she didn’t have any money. Her boyfriend was very controlling and controlled all the money; he kept the chequebooks and didn’t let her have access to the bank account.”

    The injustice of the situation got under Connor’s skin. “I just couldn’t believe that there was no help available to people who did not qualify for public funds but could not afford to pay.

    I just kept feeling that this must be able to be sorted if only someone would address it.”That “someone” turned out to be him.

    In 2002, thanks entirely to Connor’s doggedness, the London Centre for Domestic Violence was formed. It started out with him and a friend, but is now a national organisation, covering 27 counties, and has helped approximately 10,000 victims last year to take out injunctions against their partners.

    NCDV now has nine full-time staff, 12 permanent volunteers and has trained over 5000 law and other students as McKenzie Friends to accompany unrepresented victims into court. We have also trained over 8000 police officers in civil remedies available regarding domestic violence. The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has branches in London, Guildford and Manchester and is on track to have branches in 16 areas within the next two years.

    NCDV specialises exclusively in domestic violence work and could be characterised as a cross between McDonald’s and Claims Direct. The high degree of specialisation means that its processes are streamlined: clients can be seen quickly and the work is done speedily and cheaply. “Sometimes, we will have one of our trained McKenzie Friends at a court doing 10 applications in one day,” Connor says.

    Clients are not charged for the service. NCDV staff take an initial statement: clients who qualify for legal aid are referred to a local firm; those that don’t get free help from the centre itself. It runs on a shoestring, heavily reliant on volunteers and capping staff salaries at £18,000 a year.

    Steve expects to qualify as a barrister this summer and hopes that having a formal legal qualification will give the centre added clout. “We are already acknowledged as experts and consulted at a high level, so I thought it would be helpful if I could back that up by being able to say I’m a barrister,” he says. He is just about to complete a one-year full-time BVC course at the City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court Law School) and, all being well, should be called to the Bar in July. Although Connor sees his long-term future as a barrister, he says that he has no immediate plans to practise. “I want to get NCDV running on a fully national level. Then I may take a step back and have a career at the Bar.”