The fortis programme

The Offer 

Luke Martin is currently pilotting a group work programme, the Fortis Programme, which is a 12 session recovery programme for male survivors of domestic abuse. We are looking for 12 referrals for self-identified men to join the pilot to complete the programme but to also be involved in its development. 

Purpose and structure

The group itself will run over 12 weeks, and attendees are expected to attend each session. The programme is a trauma-informed ‘psychosocial’ group. The aim is to foster learning, self-awareness, peer supportand resolution in a contained environment. It is important not to confuse this with a therapy group.

The programme is predominantly aimed at those who have left an abusive relationship from an intimate partner and we acknowledge that it may also be more difficult for attendees who are still ‘in the trauma’ to work through some of the exercises. Due to the additional support that might be required, the pilot will only be available for those that are no longer in the abusive relationship. 

For the purpose of the pilot, sessions will be delivered online via Zoom and will run for 90 minutes. Delivery of the group is likely to be in the evenings. 

Sessions will focus on the following;

Session 1:Introduction to the programme

Session 2: Understanding male identity

Session 3: Understanding men's experiences of domestic abuse

Session 4: Identifying healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships 

Session 5: Understanding coercive control 

Session 6: Understanding trauma, triggers and building resilience

Session 7: Exploring domestic abuse and the impact children

Session 8: Understanding the impact of abuse on mental health and wellbeing

Session 9: Setting healthy boundaries 

Session 10:Understanding and communicating emotions

Session 11: Exploring self-esteem 

Session 12: Moving forward safely (closing session)


This programme is for victims of abuse and should not be offered to perpetrators of abuse whose partners have used violence in self-defence, or have used any form of violent resistance. It should not be offered to people who are in unhappy relationships where there is no violence or abuse present. Unhappy relationships where there is no abuse- Reported ‘abuse’ in these situations is generally very childish and petty, it is not done to gain power and control, and does not take place in a cyclical manner as domestic abuse does. This is more frequently seen as a relationship is breaking down rather than there being any domestic abuse.

For further guidance the Respect Toolkit is recommended, it can be downloaded from