LMK - Let Me Know

LMK - Let Me Know

At a glance

Causes

  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Regional

Objectives

LMK – Let Me Know is a London based education charity running a proven prevention programme against relationship abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. We have worked with over 10,000 young people in our first 3 years across 22 London boroughs. Two thirds of the young people we work with tell us we’ve fundamentally changed their understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours and 84% know how to leave an abusive relationship safely.

Good relationships shape our health and happiness, yet we are taught so little about them. Domestic violence and relationship abuse affects 2.3 million people in the UK each year. Sadly, 1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men and 3 in 4 transgender and non-binary people will experience an abusive relationship in their lifetime. Critically, only 20% of 16-17 year olds can tell if a relationship is abusive.

LMK is on a mission to change that. While many charities exist to support survivors of domestic violence, relationship abuse and sexual assault, few offer a comprehensive prevention programme to stop the abuse before it begins. That’s why we’re here. We are committed to creating a world where young people have the skills, confidence and knowledge to build happy lives, through healthy relationships.

Activities

LMK has a range of workshops as part of its prevention programme:

  • In our 10 Signs workshops, young people are taught to spot and stop healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours in themselves and others, in real life, online and in media, as well as equipping them with a plan of how to leave an abusive relationship safely. We are particularly proud of our new Inclusive Modules which makes the 10 Signs accessible and relatable for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • LMK’s workshops on pornography challenges young people to think about porn differently, debunks widely held myths and examines how porn can affect them and their relationships. LMK’s workshop on sharing explicit images without consent gives young people a deeper understanding of the risks of sharing nudes, equipping them with practical strategies to protect themselves and giving them steps to take if an image gets leaked or goes viral.

  • LMK also has a CPD (continuous professional development) programme for youth workers and teachers. Based on the 10 signs programme, this training talks to frontline workers about how to continue having conversations about relationships with young people to help prevent bullying, relationship violence and future domestic abuse.

    • In the last 12 months, LMK has developed a workplace relationships programme. Using the 10 signs framework, we work with staff to understand the importance of healthy relationships and support them to be able to identify healthy and unhealthy behaviours. This course covers the difference between bullying and harassment and what to do if you experience these at work. The overall aim of the course is to improve working relationships, champion best practice and foster happy, productive teams.

    • Finally, our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is the beating heart of the charity - 19 diverse teenagers influence our strategy and materials, role-model the 10 signs, and act as peer mentors to one another and ambassadors for LMK.

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