Are you experiencing domestic or sexual abuse or concerned about someone else?
We do not provide direct services to victims or perpetrators of gender based violence and abuse. We have produced a few guides that you may find useful and below are details of organisations you can contact for help.
The Breathing Space app, made by AVA, has support and self-care resources for survivors. https://www.breathingspace-ava.org.uk/
Our Unsafe Relationships (2012) guides provide advice for friends, family, parents and partners on
- supporting your friends
- supporting friends and family
- supporting your child
- helping your partner deal with the past.
How to help your mates is an advice leaflet for young people.
Helplines and support for victims of gender violence and abuse
0808 2000 247
24 hour helpline operated by Women’s Aid and Refuge.
0808 802 1414
0800 027 1234
Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK. Also provide an online survivor forum. Women’s Aid have an anonymous peer support group for women to support other women, called the Survivors’ Forum and a live chat function.
Refuge is a UK charity offering support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
0808 802 0300
9.30am-4pm weekdays (except Wed 1pm-4pm)
0800 5999 247
Operated by Karma Nirvana, the helpline is unique as those who call have the option to speak to a survivor whose experience is invaluable in supporting the caller’s decision making process.
0800 028 3550
The Female Genital Mutilation helpline provides support to anyone who is worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM. It’s free, anonymous and 24/7.
0808 802 9999
12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year operated by Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC).
0808 801 0305
Sexual Violence Helpline run by North London Rape Crisis.
Free and confidential advice for children and young people provided by phone, email, message boards and online chat.
0800 99 5428
(Mon,Tues &Fri 10am-5pm, Wed & Thur 10am-8pm)
Providing the national helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic violence.
See also The London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership which joins together a number of services: www.lgbtdap.org.uk
0345 3 30 30 30
Advice, support and information services for LGBT communities.
0808 801 0327
The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This includes all men – in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
020 7383 0700
Open Thursdays 10am-4pm
Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support.
The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for 130 specialist voluntary sector agencies providing a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
020 7243 2942
Provides advocacy, advice and support services in the UK for migrant domestic workers.
Operates the Ascent Project which delivers a range of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence funded by London Councils.
Helplines and support for perpetrators of gender based violence and abuse
0808 802 4040
Phoneline for people who are concerned about their abusive behaviour towards a partner or family member.
0808 1000 900
Support for people who are looking to stop inappropriate thoughts or behaviour towards children.