The Polari Programme

A 12 week recovery programme for LGBTQIA+ survivors of domestic abuse

The Polari Programme

The Polari Programme is a 12 session recovery programme for LGBTQIA+ survivors of domestic abuse. The group itself runs over 12 weeks. The programme is a trauma-informed ‘psychosocial’ group. The aim is to foster learning, self-awareness, peer support and resolution in a contained environment exploring recovery outside of a cis/het model. 

The programme has been written to, either, be delivered on a one to one or group basis depending on the demand for support in the facilitator's area. 

The programme is predominantly aimed at those who have left an abusive relationship from an intimate partner as we acknowledge that it may also be more difficult for attendees who are still ‘in the trauma’ to work through some of the exercises. The programme explores the following topics;

  • Session 1 : Introduction to the programme

  • Session 2: Understanding LGBTQIA+ experiences of domestic abuse

  • Session 3: Exploring self-talk 

  • Session 4: Identifying healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships 

  • Session 5: Understanding coercive control 

  • Session 6: Understanding trauma, triggers and building resilience

  • Session 7: Exploring LGBTQIA+ experiences in a heteronormative society

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

  • Session 9: Communication and boundaries 

  • Session 10: Understanding and communicating emotions

  • Session 11: Exploring self-esteem and healthy relationships

  • Session 12: Moving forward safely (closing session)

Survivor Testimonials

The programme being LGBTQ+ is an added bonus but this programme would be amazing for anyone, the Polari programme is something else. The stuff we cover is unreal and so different from other programmes I've been to, talking about sleep was mind blowing for me.

Learning what is considered a ‘healthy relationship’ vs ‘unhealthy relationship’ vs an ‘abusive relationship’ has been very eye-opening and understanding the cycle/steps abusers do was, too.



I really welcome the support of fellow LGBTQ survivors. It has been so good to be in such a safe space to tackle the issues raised.


Facilitator Training

Facilitator training is offered for both programmes on the dates provided below. It is recommended that at least two staff are trained in facilitation if delivering as a group work programme. 

Training includes a license (with no ongoing fees) to run the appropriate Programme, once the facilitator course has been successfully completed.

This 2 day training course will provide delegates with comprehensive manuals which includes guidance for facilitators, weekly session plans, all handout and materials to run the programme. 

The aims of the training is as follows;

  • Understand specific needs of the client group  through a day's focused training 

  • To have an awareness of the principles and practices of trauma informed recovery work

  • To understand group dynamics and how to successfully facilitate of groups

  • To provide professionals with the tools and resources to facilitate group work for adults who have experienced domestic abuse

  • For professionals to be familiar with the underpinning principles of the  Programmes

  • For professionals to be able to use the provided Manual to support Programme participants

Cost: £650 per person (discount offered for 2+ places)

To express an interest in the training below please complete the following form here 

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Upcoming facilitator training dates

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Course and Location

18th and 19th June 2024

 The Fortis Programme Facilitator Training- Online

 24th and 25th June 2024

 The Polari Programme Facilitator Training- Online

18th and 19th November 2024

The Fortis Programme Facilitator Training- Online

21st and 22nd November 2024

The Polari Programme Facilitator Training- Online