Domestic violence and abuse - organisations which give information and advice
If you have suffered domestic violence or abuse, there are many different organisations which can help you.
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Organisations for women
National Domestic Violence helpline
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a freephone 24 hour helpline which provides advice and support to women and can refer them to emergency accommodation.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid.
There are translation facilities if your first language is not English. The Helpline also offers BT Type talk for callers with hearing difficulties. The Helpline worker contacts the Type talk operator so that the caller can communicate through them.
Their helpline offers advice and support to women experiencing domestic violence.
Refuge also provide safe, emergency accommodation through a network of refuges throughout the UK, including culturally-specific services for women from minority ethnic communities and cultures.
Their website also includes some information for men who are either being abused or who are abusers.
Women's Aid Federation (Northern Ireland)
(Women’s Aid does not provide a support service via email.)
Organisations for men
Men's Advice Line
The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. They provide emotional support and practical advice, and can give you details of specialist services that can give you advice on legal, housing, child contact, mental health and other issues.
The ManKind Initiative is a charity offering information and support to men who are victims of domestic abuse or violence. This can include information and support on reporting incidents, police procedures, housing, benefits and injunctions. They can refer you to a refuge, local authority or other another support service if you need it.
Survivors UK Ltd
This is a helpline for men who have been victims of rape or sexual abuse.
They may be able to arrange counselling or a support group if you live in the London area, or provide details of an appropriate service if you don't.
Telephone: 0845 122 1201
Open Monday and Tuesday, 7pm to 9.30pm, Thursday 12 noon to 2.30pm
Admin: 0203 598 3898 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm)
The Everyman Project offers counselling to men in the London area who want to change their violent or abusive behaviour. It also has a national helpline which offers advice to anyone worried about their own, or someone else's, violent or abusive behaviour.
Helpline: 0207 263 8884
Open Tuesday 6.30pm to 9pm and Wednesday 6.30pm to 9pm
A national helpline for men who have who have been raped, assaulted or abused in childhood or adult life. The helpline also supports partners (male and female) and family members of abused men.
Organisations for women and men
Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre Helpline
The Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre provides a confidential 24-hour helpline every day of the year for people who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic violence. The centre helps men and women and takes calls from all over the UK. They also provide other services, for example safe accommodation for both men and women.
Police domestic violence units
There are a number of police domestic violence units, which have staff specially trained to help people experiencing domestic violence. They work closely with other organisations such as local solicitors and Women’s Aid groups. Your local police station, in the phone book under Police, will be able to tell you if they have a domestic violence unit, or where the nearest one is.
Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre
The Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre offers support, counselling and information for men and women who have suffered rape or sexual assault.
Telephone: 028 9032 9002
Honour Network Helpline
The Honour Network Helpline is a national helpline run by Karma Nirvana, a national charity which advises victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.
Honour Network Helpline
PO Box 148
Helpline: 0800 599 9247 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm)
Action on Elder Abuse
Action on Elder Abuse gives confidential advice and information to older people who are suffering from violence or abuse. A relative or friend of the person being abused can also contact the helpline on behalf of the older person. The helpline can be used in the case of older people who live at home, in a care home or who are in hospital.
Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (freephone Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)
Tel: 020 8835 9280
National Stalking Helpline
The National Stalking Helpline can provide advice on how to deal with any type of stalking behaviour. This includes advice on how to report the behaviour to the police, and what you can expect if you report something.
Respect Phoneline offers information and advice to men and women in heterosexual or same-sex relationships who want to stop their violent behaviour.
Organisations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
Galop LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
Galop provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.
Helpline: 0300 999 5428 or freephone 0800 999 5428
Open Monday and Thursday 10am to 8pm, Wednesday and Tuesday 10 am to 8pm
Tuesday 1pm-5pm is a trans specific service