Police: In an emergency always dial 999 for immediate help, at other times dial 101 and ask for the crime desk
National Domestic Violence Helpline: Freephone 0808 2000 247
Runn by the Refuge and Women’s Aid (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
ChildLine: Freephone 0800 11 11 (the number doesn’t show up on phone bills).
This is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything - no problem is too big or too small. www.childline.org.uk
Victims First: Telephone 0300 1234 148.
Provides victims of crime, including domestic abuse, with support and advice to help them cope and recover. www.victims-first.org.uk
Victim Support: Freephone 08 08 16 89 111 or visit: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Broken Rainbow National Helpline – LGBT: Telephone 0300 999 5428
Provides services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people who are experiencing domestic abuse. www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
Respect - Support for perpetrators of Domestic Abuse: Telephone on 0808 802 4040
Confidential information and advice to help perpetrators stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours. www.respectphoneline.org.uk
Women’s Aid: Telephone on 0808 2000 247
The national 24hour domestic violence helpline.
The Hideout: www.thehideout.org.uk
Women’s Aid has created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse and how to take positive action.
Victim Support (National): Telephone on 0845 303 0900
Victims do not have to contact the police to access the service. Any advice/support will be totally confidential.
MALE: Telephone on 0808 801 0327
A confidential helpline to support male victims of domestic abuse. www.mensadviceline.org.uk
ManKind: Telephone on 01823 334244
A confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). www.mankind.org.uk
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV): Freephone 0800 970 20 70 or text “NCDV” to 60777
NCDV provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. The service allows anyone to apply for an injunction within 24 hours of the first contact (in most circumstances). NCDV work in close partnership with the police, local firms of solicitors and other support agencies (Refuge, Women’s Aid etc.) to help survivors obtain speedy protection.
National Stalking Helpline: Telephone: 0808 802 0300
The national stalking network has been established by Network for Surviving Stalking, Protection against Stalking and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. It is the first national helpline to specialise in providing information and advice to victims of harassment and stalking as well as their friends and family.. www.stalkinghelpline.org
Clare's Law - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare's Law gives you a formal mechanism to make inquiries:
- if you are concerned that your partner may pose a risk to you
- if you're concerned that the partner of a member of your family or a friend may pose a risk to that individual.
The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. To find out more about Clare's Law and information on how to make an application visit Clare's Law - the domestic violence disclosure scheme.
Forced Marriage Unit: Telephone 020 7008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is raising awareness about forced marriage across the public sector. We provide expert advice to professionals, especially those confronted by forced marriage for the first time.
Domestic Abuse and Young People:
For information on keeping children safe and identifying the signs of domestic abuse visit the NSPCC website.
- Disrespect Nobody: https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/
- Refuge: https://www.refuge.org.uk/
- Safe Lives: http://www.safelives.org.uk/
- National Centre for Domestic Violence: www.ncdv.org.uk
- Solace Women’s Aid: http://solacewomensaid.org/
- Woman’s Trust: http://www.womanstrust.org.uk/
- Southall Black Sisters: http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
- Action on Elder Abuse: http://www.elderabuse.org.uk/
The NHS also has this useful directory of sources of support: www.nhs.uk/live-well/getting-help-for-domestic-violence/