My Life, My Relationships

Tackling Harmful Practices in Relationships

My Life, My Relationships supports people with learning disabilities, autism or both who may be at risk of a harmful relationship or require support to understand what a positive relationship is.

My Life, My Relationships evolved from Respond's My Life, My Marriage service established in January 2015 to raise awareness about the issue of forced marriage of people with learning disabilities. We provide training to professionals and engage with communities to promote dialogue and change.


My Life, My Relationships provides:

  • 1-2-1 Casework
  • Advocacy and advice
  • Training for professionals
  • Engagement with communities and families
  • Creative resources
  • Psycho-educational programmes
  • Conferences and events

  • Outcomes are:

  • People with learning disabilities feel more in control of their lives.
    Indicator: Clients report they are more able to make important life decisions.
  • People with learning disabilities experience healthier and safer relationships.
    Indicators: Clients report they are choosing loving and caring relationships and that they know how an unhealthy relationship looks and feels.
  • People with learning disabilities have a better understanding of their human rights.
    Indicator: Clients identify and describe their human rights.

  • For further information, please email:

    luthfa.khan@respond.org.uk

    Links to Publications, Partnerships and Resources:

    Article in the Guardian about forced marriage

    Respond oral story video: Who Will Love You When I Am Gone

    Partnership research with Nottingham University

    Article about Respond in Network Autism

    Respond video: Forced Marriage and Learning Disability