Marilyn Hawes, founder of Freedom From Abuse

“The behaviours, if understood, are easily recognisable, enabling people to protect children in their care."



Freedom from Abuse CIC (FFA) is focused on reducing the incidence of abuse and aiding recovery from abuse throughout the United Kingdom since 2004.



Comprised of industry leaders such as Marilyn Hawes, Rachel Fairhurst and others, we have a track record of not letting abuse become a life sentence.



Abuse is out of control in our society. Freedom For Abuse tackles abuse head-on, helping overcome the challenges of all abuse and aid recovery.

Managing Abuse

Define the problem

You can’t rely on the government, police and social services to protect children. As parents and guardians, we are all accountable but most require the tools to prevent and manage abuse.

Our mission

Our mission is simple, to reduce the incidents of abuse and help suffers recover and thrive in their new life. We can achieve this through accessible education and a strong network of professionals.

In-person training

A one-day session designed to develop the skills to recognise abuse coached by Marilyn Hawes.


Our team of 40+ consultants provide a comprehensive range of services that is secure and confidential.

Online training

Our non-nonsense online learning develops the skills to tackle abuse. Stream anytime, anywhere, at your own pace.

Our experience

Our past shapes our vision

We’ve been working with abuse for over 20 years with many of our team have lived experiences of abuse. We know how difficult the subject of abuse can be so having had first-hand experience gives us the edge to tackle it directly.

We must attack the problem of abuse head-on. To do this, we must understand the way our enemy thinks, behaves and hides. Our vision is to build an Army of Advocates to provide the education, resources and help required to win this war.

How You Can Support Us

Join the fight against abuse!

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