Key agencies


Adfam is the leading national organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam provides direct support to families through publications, training, prison visitors’ centres, outreach work and signposting to local support services. As the voice of families the charity provides consultation on best practice in drug and alcohol related family work and have written several guides for professionals and commissioners.


Respect is the UK membership association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services. Its vision is to end violence and abuse in intimate partner and close family relationships. Its key focus is on promoting, supporting, delivering and developing effective interventions with perpetrators. The Respect helpline offers information and advice to people who are abusive towards their partners and want help to stop.

AVA (Stella Project)

The Stella Project started as a partnership between the Greater London Domestic Violence Project (GLDVP) and the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA) in 2003. In 2010 as the GLDVP made steps to incorporate wider forms of violence against women and girls into its new remit of AVA (Against Violence and Abuse), the Stella Project incorporated sexual violence and mental health into the scope of its work. This was in recognition of the level of sexual violence experienced by women in particular who access drug and alcohol treatment services and in recognition of the research highlighting drug and alcohol use as coping mechanisms for experiences of trauma.

Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP)

DVIP is a groundbreaking voluntary sector project and registered charity which was set up in 1991. DVIP’s main aim is to increase the safety of women and children who experience domestic violence by providing a range of diverse services challenging men, supporting women, working in partnership, influencing policy and campaigning for change. To find out more, please go to

Drugs and Alcohol Service for London (DASL)

DASL is a London based charity that helps communities to tackle the problems caused by drug and alcohol misuse. Its aim is to help build stronger, safer and healthier communities where everyone has the opportunity to realise their full potential. With over 25 years experience of providing substance misuse, education, training and outreach services, DASL has developed innovative projects working with Black and Asian communities, lesbians and gay men, older people and people in contact with the criminal justice system. It is also very experienced in supporting people with difficulties related to mental health as well as people experiencing domestic violence. To find out more, please go to