Starfish: Support for people affected by Domestic Violence

Rapman | Promise #domesticabuse

Leading artist Rapman was commissioned by Comic Relief to raise awareness about Domestic Violence. This 10 minute video is inspired by the stories of the women he met at the Bede Starfish DV Project. The Promise has had over 12million hits in the first two weeks of its release.


Because there is always hope

Paddling free Kevin Ireland


The Bede Starfish Project works with people affected by Domestic Violence. Our aim is to help build communities where everyone can be free from fear of violence, no matter who they are or where they come from. If you are being abused within a relationship, we can offer advice and support to help you protect yourself, take action and rebuild your life.

Based in Southwark, we work across the whole borough to help people from all backgrounds build their confidence and be free from abuse. If you are affected by Domestic Violence, or if you are concerned you might be, we can help you to:


  • Assess the risk to your safety
  • Make a safety plan to protect you, and anyone else close to you who is at risk
  • Understand your legal rights
  • Gather information that will allow the police to take action
  • Know what danger signs to look out for
  • Rebuild your confidence

What is Domestic Abuse?

Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

We can also offer specialist support to those affected by Domestic Violence who are:

  • Young people
  • Being abused by their son or daughter
  • Affected by mental health issues
  • Without recourse to public funds

What you can do next

  • Get in touch for a confidential chat
  • Join one of our support groups for survivors of Domestic Abuse
  • Arrange to receive counselling

Contact us

If you, or if someone you know, is at immediate risk of physical violence, dial 999.
In a non-emergency, dial 101 to speak to the Metropolitan Police.
Email us:
Call: 020 7237 9162 

Our office is open from 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. In case of an out of hours emergency, please contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Contact the Starfish: Domestic Violence Project

Your stories

Meet the brave and inspirational women who broke free of abuse or have survived violence themselves.

They’re sharing their stories, and their strength, to help you to speak out and reach out to your friends.

Read Gillian’s Story

Read Charmaine’s Story

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Supported by the Wakefield & Tetley Trust and Gowling WLG

Funded by  City Bridge Trust, Henry Smith Charity and The Peckham Settlement.