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HELP IS HERE

If you need help or more information about abuse in relationships you can speak to someone from any of the organisations listed below. All calls are treated confidentially.

CHILDLINE

 CHILDLINE

The UK’s free and confidential helpline is not just for children, it provides help for young people of all ages who are in distress or danger.  Counsellors provide advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day.

You can get help and advice about a wide range of issues, including violence and abuse in your relationship on the Childline website.  You can also talk to a counsellor online, send an email or post on the message boards.

Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in.

ChildLine has launched an app called Zipit. It helps you get flirty chat back on the right track. It's packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game. Find out more: childline.org.uk/zipit

www.childline.org.uk

0800 1111

Opening Times: Daily, open 24 hours a day

RAPE CRISIS

RAPE CRISIS

Rape Crisis Centres offer a range of services for women and girls who have been raped or experienced another form of sexual violence.  Rape Crisis Centres are not just for women in ‘crisis’ - many women contact them years after they have been raped or sexually abused.  You can contact the National Sexual Violence Helpline for help and advice and can find contact details for your nearest Rape Crisis Centre on Rape Crisis’ website.

www.rapecrisis.org.uk

0808 802 9999

Opening Times: Daily, 12pm – 2:30pm, and 7pm – 9:30pm

REFUGE

REFUGE

Refuge is the national charity which provides a wide range of specialist domestic violence services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation through a growing network of refuges throughout the country and runs the Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline in partnership with Women's Aid.  Refuge also offers counselling, community based outreach services, specialist services for minority ethnic communities and a growing team of independent advocates to support women through the court process.

www.refuge.org.uk

0808 2000 247

Opening Times: Daily, open 24 hours a day.

WOMEN’S AID

WOMEN’S AID

Women's Aid is the key national domestic violence charity that co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 340 local domestic and sexual violence organisations running over 900 refuge, advocacy and outreach services. Women's Aid campaigns for effective legal protection and services and works to prevent abuse through public awareness, education and training. It also provides vital 24 hour lifeline services through the 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (in partnership with Refuge) and a survivors' messageboard on their website.

www.womensaid.org.uk

0808 2000 247

Opening Times: Daily, open 24 hours a day.

BROKEN RAINBOW

BROKEN RAINBOW

Broken Rainbow offers support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence. It also aims to raise awareness in the LGBT community and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic and same sex domestic violence on the lives of LGBT people.

Broken Rainbow runs a Helpline staffed by highly trained operators, experienced in the specifics of LGBT domestic violence, with many coming from frontline services.  They understand the issues you’ll face and go through extensive training to provide you with the best possible support.  

www.brokenrainbow.org.uk

help@brokenrainbow.org.uk

0300 999 5428

Opening Times: Monday & Thursday 10am – 8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 5pm.

THE MEN'S ADVICE LINE

THE MEN'S ADVICE LINE

A helpline for male victims of domestic violence, age not important.

www.mensadviceline.org.uk

info@mensadviceline.org.uk

0808 801 0327 (free from landlines and most mobiles)

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

RESPECT

RESPECT

Respect runs support services and programmes for men and women who inflict violence in relationships.  They also provide an advice line for men who are victims of domestic violence.

www.respectphoneline.org.uk

info@respectphoneline.org.uk

0808 802 4040

Opening Times: Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm

THINK YOU KNOW

THINK YOU KNOW

Thinkuknow offers advice to young people on sex, relationships and the internet. Are you in a relationship? Maybe you’re looking to start a new relationship online? Or are you curious or worried about sex? Thinkuknow will provide you with up-to-date, practical and frank advice to help you to develop the skills and confidence to make sure you’re safe and happy with the choices you are making.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline

All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline

The All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline is a bilingual information signposting service, to help and guide people with experience of domestic abuse or sexual violence, who are in need of information or access to support services.

www.allwaleshelpline.org.uk

Open 24 hours

Brook

Brook

Brook's mission is to enable young people to enjoy their sexuality without harm. Brook provides free and confidential sexual health services specifically for young people under 25. The Ask Brook service provides sexual health information, support and signposting for all young people under 25 anywhere in the UK.

Text Ask Brook service on 07717 989 023 (standard SMS rates apply)  and webchat service from Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm

www.brook.org.uk

Brook is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 6pm (closed on Thursdays between 2pm – 3.30pm).

Dudley Safe & Sound

Dudley Safe & Sound

Safe & sound, Dudley's community safety partnership is committed to making Dudley a safe place in which to live, work and visit. They have produced some films that can help male victims of relationship abuse and those experiencing abuse in same sex partnerships.

www.dudleysafeandsound.org

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILIATION

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and is illegal in the UK.

FGM is any procedure that’s designed to alter or injure a girl’s (or woman’s) genital organs for non-medical reasons. It’s sometimes known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘female genital cutting’. It’s mostly carried out on young girls.

If you are worried about a child or would like support or advice in relation to FGM please contact the NSPCC anonymously on their dedicated FGM helpline: 0800 028 3550 or email them at fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

You should contact the police on 999 if you think that a girl or young woman is in immediate danger of FGM.

You can also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if she’s already been taken abroad to have FGM.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Telephone: 020 7008 1500

From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500 

FORCED MARRIAGE UNIT

You have the right to choose who you marry, when you marry or if you marry at all.

Forced marriage is when you face physical pressure to marry (eg threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (eg if you’re made to feel like you’re bringing shame on your family). Financial pressure can also be a factor. 

Forced marriage is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.

Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.

Forced Marriage Unit

fmu@fco.gov.uk  

Telephone: 020 7008 0151

From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm 

Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre) 

Find out about call charges

Call 999 in an emergency.

THE HIDEOUT

THE HIDEOUT

The Hideout is a dedicated website for young people up to the age of 21 where they can find information about relationship abuse and where to get help. There is also a moderated messageboard where young people can post about what's going on in their relationships and get direct information and support.

www.thehideout.org.uk

IKWRO

IKWRO

IKWRO helps Middle Eastern women and girls (Iranian, Kurdish, Arab, Afghan and Turkish) who are living in the UK and provide confidential advice on issues including domestic violence, “honour” based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, separation and divorce, child custody, housing and benefits. They speak Farsi, Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Turkish and English.

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We can speak with you on the telephone, see you at our London office or meet you at another place which is safe and convenient for you.  All our services are completely confidential.

07846 275 246 (Arabic/ Kurdish)  or 0207 920 6460 (Farsi/ Dari/ Turkish)  (Mon to Fri 9.30-5.30)

07846 310157 (24 hours out-of-hours emergencies - Farsi/Dari/Turkish) 

 

ikwro.org.uk/need-help-now/

9.30 to 5.30

Respect not Fear

Respect not Fear

The Respect not Fear site was developed by the Nottinghamshire domestic violence forum, in consultation with young people.

The site contains games and advice which can help you think about your relationships, or you can make a pledge to find out what you can expect in a relationship and what shouldn’t be tolerated.

The Respect not Fear App is free and provides you with games such as the pyramid and respect'o'meter, it also gives you instant access to important information and support services. Click here to download the app.

www.respectnotfear.co.uk

THE SAMARITANS

THE SAMARITANS

Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair (including suicidal thoughts), 24 hours a day. They are there for you if you’re worried about something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to someone.  You can contact The Samaritans by telephone, email or letter, or talk to someone in person in most of their branches.

www.samaritans.org/

08457 90 90 90

Opening Times: Daily, open 24 hours a day.

SEXUAL ASSAULT REFERRAL CENTRES

Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) provide a safe environment where victims of rape and sexual assault can get support and advice. They also provide the possibility of making a report to the police and undertaking a forensic examination (if this is what you choose). They are open to all victims, regardless of whether they want to report a crime to the police or not. To find out if there is a SARC in your area please see this website.

If you already know that you want to report to the police, a specially trained officer will be able to accompany you to a SARC if there is one in your area. If you are unsure what to do, need advice, or don’t want to talk to the police, contact the national sexual violence helpline on 0808 802 9999.

0808 802 9999

Daily, 12pm – 2:30pm and 7pm – 9:30pm

Southall Black Sisters

Southall Black Sisters

Southall Black Sisters provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to Asian, African-Caribbean and other minority women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence (including forced marriage, dowry abuse and honour crimes) in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati and Urdu (language line is used to interpret other languages).

Helpline: 0208 571 0800 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) 

www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/

General enquiries: 0208 571 9595 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm Closed from12.30pm to 1.30pm for lunch)

SURVIVORS TRUST

SURVIVORS TRUST

The Survivors Trust is a charity that works with people who are victims or survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.  It provides a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services.

 

www.thesurvivorstrust.org/

info@thesurvivorstrust.org

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VICTIM SUPPORT

VICTIM SUPPORT

Victim Support offers free and confidential help to victims of crime, their families, friends and anyone else affected.  They give information, emotional support and practical help.  You don’t have to report a crime to the police to get their help and can get support at anytime, no matter when the crime happened.

www.victimsupport.org.uk

08 08 16 89 111

Welsh Women's Aid

Welsh Women's Aid

Welsh Women's Aid was founded in 1978 to campaign and lobby for improvements in public policy and government legislation in relation to women and children experiencing domestic abuse in Wales.

Welsh Women's Aid is the national umbrella organisation representing 29 local Women's Aid groups situated throughout Wales. Our member groups provide direct services for women and children who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic abuse.

www.welshwomensaid.org

White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign is the leading organisation of Men speaking out about Male violence against women and challenging the gender stereotypes which underpin abuse. We work with public authorities, sports clubs and music venues to support this work. We have a wide range of campaigning materials available. We have a network of Ambassadors across the UK able to represent White Ribbon at events.

You can contact the White Ribbon Campaign at: 

White Ribbon Campaign
White Ribbon House
New Road
Mytholmroyd,
West Yorkshire
HX75DZ

www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk

The havens

The havens

The havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. The havens help everyone, men and women, young people and children of all ages. They can help you deal with and recover from the emotional and physical effects following an assault.

The havens are based in Camberwell, Paddington and Whitechapel. To make an appointment phone:

Camberwell: 020 3299 1599 

Paddington: 020 3312 1101 

Whitechapel: 020 7247 4787 

 

www.thehavens.co.uk

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

Advice for girls from NHS on relationships

www.nhs.uk/livewell/teengirls/Pages/Teengirlshome.aspx

Advice for boys from NHS on relationships

www.nhs.uk/livewell/teenboys/Pages/Teenboyshome.aspx

NHS Livewell advice on relationships

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexandyoungpeople/Pages/Readytogoalltheway.aspx

Hafan Cymru are focused on preventing abuse and promoting independence in Wales.

www.hafancymru.co.uk

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