Help Resources for UK Victims & Survivors of Domestic Abuse - Rape - Sexual Assault – Sexual Harassment
Domestic abuse support for women
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247
Free 24-hour helpline for Girls and women who have experienced domestic abuse and violence. All advisors are female.
Live chat is available. They can help you find refuge accommodation. A ‘ Refuge ‘ run organisation.
Surviving Economic Abuse
0132 363 5987 (Financial Support Line)
Resources and Information for women who have been subject to financial control in a relationship.
Operated in conjunction with Money Advice Plus.
Welsh Women’s Aid
0207 034 0303
Mental health charity for women who have been subject to domestic abuse. Free face to face counselling.
Workshops and therapysessions. Support groups in various London boroughs.
Women’s Aid (England)
Abuse support for adults
Support for adult survivors of childhood abuse
Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA)
Information and support for adults who have experienced any type of childhood abuse, run by survivors.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
Support for Survivors
Abuse support for children and young people
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
0808 802 5544 (Parents Helpline)
85258 (Crisis Messenger for young people – text the letters YM)
Committed to improving the mental health of babies, children and young people, including support for parents and carers.
Abuse support for older people
0808 808 8141
078 6005 2906 (free text line)
Offers a helpline, text line, information and advice for older people who have experienced abuse. Also supports those concerned about an older person, such as families, carers or practitioners.
Abuse support for people with a learning disability
Services for people with a learning disability, autism or both, who have experienced abuse or trauma.
The Dash Charity
0175 354 9865
Information, a helpline, advocacy services and legal support for adults who have experienced domestic abuse. Also runs refuge accommodation in Berkshire for women and children.
One in Four
0330 102 5811
Helpline, a live chat and information for adults who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse or violence. Offers refuge accommodation services in Essex and Hertfordshire.
Domestic abuse support for BAME people
0114 255 5740
Supports Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and refugee women in England who have experienced domestic abuse, forced marriage and honour-based violence. Also supports children and young people.
0800 953 9666 (domestic abuse)
0800 953 9777 (forced marriage and honour-based abuse)
Supports people from BAME communities who have experienced domestic abuse, honour-based violence, forced marriage, rape or sexual assault. Offers two 24-hour multilingual helplines – national support for domestic abuse, and support in the West Midlands for forced marriage and honour-based abuse.
Southall Black Sisters
0208 571 9595
Information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to BAME women and children who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. Offers telephone services in multiple languages. Operates within the London Borough of Ealing.
Domestic abuse support for children and young people
The Hide Out
Information to help young people understand domestic abuse, and what to do if it’s happening to them. Run by domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid.
Respect Not Fear
Information for young people about domestic violence and abusive relationships.
Support for forced marriage and honour-based violence
The Forced Marriage Unit
0207 008 0151
Helpline to provide advice and support to actual or potential victims of forced marriage, as well as to professionals dealing with cases. Joint initiative between the Foreign Office and Home Office.
0164 268 3045
0808 178 8424 (freephone)
Provides advice and support to victims of forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation through a helpline and live chat. Can also advise concerned relatives or friends.
Domestic abuse support for LGBTIQ+ people
Support and advocacy network for bi+ people who have experienced domestic or sexual violence and abuse. Runs moderated chats every fortnight via a secure messaging app.
0207 704 2040 (LGBT+ hate crime helpline)
0800 999 5428 (National LGBT+ domestic abuse helpline)
Provides helplines and other support for LGBTIQ+ adults and young people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse support for men
Men’s Advice Line
Sexual abuse support for men
Provides online counselling, therapeutic groups and couple counselling to men over 18 who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives.
Support for non-abusive parents and carers of children
Support to prevent sexual abuse of children
Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Offers a range of services for individuals and families looking for help, advice, support and intervention with issues relating to child sexual abuse.
Stop It Now!
Sexual abuse support for women
CIS’ters (Childhood Incest Survivors)
Rape Crisis England & Wales
Find support for abuse by a health or social care worker
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Professional body for talking therapy and counselling. Provides information and a list of accredited therapists.
Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW)
Independent regulator for social care in Wales, where you can make complaints about care providers and workers.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.
0800 144 8848 (England Adviceline)
0800 702 2020 (Wales Adviceline)
0800 144 8884 (Relay UK, textphone)
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including money, housing, experiences of discrimination and other problems.
General Medical Council (GMC)
Helps to protect patients and support doctors, and maintains a register of licensed doctors.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Regulates some types of health, psychology and social work professionals.
Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)
Independent regulator for healthcare in Wales, where you can make complaints and provide feedback.
Helps represent people who use health and social care services in England.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Regulates nurses and midwives in the UK.
Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS)
Offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. You can find services by searching on NHS UK or asking a doctor or healthcare professional for their details.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Provides online register of psychotherapists offering different talking treatments privately.
Break the Silence Survivor Helpline – speak to a survivor sister, Monday-Saturday between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm PT, 1-855-BTS-1777.
Childhelp – is a leading national nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocate centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp’s programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as “models that work”.
Crisis Text Line – serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works: 1) text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis; 2) a live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly; and 3) the volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment, New York, NY.
Desi lgbtQ Helpline ~ 908-FOR-DEQH – a support helpline for South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, launching on Coming Out Day, October 11th, 2012! We offer free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe.
Disaster Distress Helpline – is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the network. Helpline staff provides counseling and support, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping, as well as referrals to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.
DoD Safe Helpline ~ 877-995-5247 – a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and information to the worldwide DoD community. The service is confidential, anonymous, secure and available worldwide, 24/7 by click, call or text ~ providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere. Download free app.
LGBT National Help Center ~ 1-888-843-4564 (national hotline) and 1-800-246-PRIDE (national youth talkline) – we offer several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives. We help end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can’t talk about everywhere else. The GLBT National Help Center also helps other organizations build the infrastructure they need to provide strong support to our community at the local level. Read Blog.
National Dating Abuse Helpline ~ 1-866-331-9474 –a national, 24-hour resource specifically designed for teens and young adults. Accessible by phone or internet. The Helpline offers real-time, one-on-one support from peer advocates. We train these young leaders to offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement and service providers.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline – operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, NDVH provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to the hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) / 1- 800-787-3224 (TTY) can expect highly trained experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization. Review current and former Impact Reports.
National Human Trafficking Hotline – call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733). NHTH is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. The NHTH is operated by Polaris, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. We are not a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority, Washington, DC.
National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault Helpline (scroll down) – a free service for Indian Country professionals wanting help with their most challenging law enforcement, advocacy, healthcare and legal issues. Call 1-855-464-2272, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm PT.
National Runaway Safeline – the mission is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. NRS’ 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) crisis hotline is available 24-hours a day throughout the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam, Chicago, IL.
National Sexual Assault Hotline – RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. In 2007, RAINN expanded its hotline services with the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, the nation’s first secure web-based hotline that provides live and completely confidential help to victims through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.
National Street Harassment Hotline – a 24-hour, toll-free hotline (855-897-5910) anyone in the USA can call for support, help and advice about street harassment. People will be able to find emotional support, get advice for how to deal with harassers, learn what their legal rights are, and more. The service is available 24/7, in English or Spanish. On August 10, an online option (through secure IM) will be available via www.StopStreetHarassment.org. Stop Street Harassment is partnering with Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) and Defend Yourself to launch the hotline. Read news release.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
StrongHearts Native Helpline – speak with an advocate at no cost by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST when you are ready to reach out. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. Read news release announcing the Helpline’s launch.
The Trevor Project – founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24. If you’re thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate help – please call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. TrevorText and TrevorChat are also available, West Hollywood, CA.
VictimConnect – a new national hotline from The National Center for Victims of Crime, VictimConnect, provides help for victims of any crime nationwide, and can be reached by phone at 1-855-4VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) or by online chat. This hotline has Spanish-language capacity. The chat service is open between the hours of 10am and 6pm ET, Monday through Friday. The telephone service is available between 9am and 6pm ET, Monday through Friday and is FREE. The VictimConnect Resource Center is a place for crime victims to learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. Web-based information and service referrals are also available. Read news release announcing launch of VictimConnect.