Abuses

UPDATED: 08.10.2018
In this section you can find support for the following forms of abuse:
• Rape & Sexual Abuse
• Domestic Violence
• Forced Marriage
• Stalking
• Trafficking & Slavery
• FGM

For Child Abuse or Child Harm please go to child abuse or harm section

Rape 

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
http://www.rasasc.org.uk
Supporting anyone who has been raped or sexually abused regardless of when the abuse happened.
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (lines open 12 midday - 2.30pm and 7pm- 9.30pm)

Disrespect Nobody
https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/
For young people who need advice on what is OK behaviour in a relationship.

Rape Crisis – England and Wales
http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk
Supporting anyone affected by rape and sexual violence, with online details of Rape Crisis Centre locations.

Rape Crisis Scotland
http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/
Supporting anyone in Scotland affected by rape and sexual violence.
Helpline: 08088 010302 (lines open 6pm – 12 midnight)
Email: info@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

Live Fear Free
http://livefearfree.gov.wales/about/?lang=en
Welsh Women’s Aid helpline for those suffering with domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Live chat: online 24 hours every day.

Rape Crisis Network Ireland
http://www.rcni.ie
Supporting anyone in Northern Ireland affected by rape and sexual violence

National Male Survivors Helpline
National Male Helpline: 0808 800 5005
Young People’s Helpline: 0808 800 5007
(Opening hours for both helplines Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 5pm, Tuesday & Thursday 8am – 8pm , Saturday 10am – 2pm)

Safeline
http://www.safeline.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
Support for men, women and young people affected by rape and abuse.

Survivors UK
http://www.survivorsuk.org
Survivors UK support men who have been raped or sexually abused, no matter when the abuse happened. Also support men coping with the abuse of someone close to them.
Email: info@survivorsuk.org.

The Mix
http://www.themix.org.uk
Offers support via helpline, email and confidential 1-2-1 chat to young people - up to age 25.
Helpline: 0808 808 4994 (lines open 11am - 11pm)
1-2-1 chat - live messaging (11am - 11pm every day)
Email: help@themix.org.uk

Victim Support
https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Support for anyone affected by any crime or assault, regardless of whether or not the police are contacted.
Helpline: 0808 16 89 111 (lines open 24 hours a day)
Email: info@victimsupport.org.uk.

Rights of Women
http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/
Providing legal advice to women who have been raped or sexual assaulted, with a free booklet available to download online called ‘Report to Court’
Advice Line: 0207 251 8887 (lines open Tuesday 11am – 1pm)

STOPSO
http://www.stopso.org.uk/
Working to prevent harmful sexual behaviour through therapy. For anyone concerned about their behaviour or someone else’s.

EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia)
http://www.eachaction.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
Support for adults and young people affected by homophobic or transphobic bullying.
Action Line: For young people – 0808 1000 143 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)

Incest
http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/incest
Information on Incest and the law.

 

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Helpline
http://www.womensaid.org.uk
Supporting women who experience physical, emotional or sexual violence in the home.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines open 24 hours - member of language line for access to interpreters for non-English speaking callers)

Scottish Women’s Aid
http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/
Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (lines open 24 hours)

Live Fear Free
http://livefearfree.gov.wales/about/?lang=en
Welsh Women’s Aid helpline for those suffering with domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Helpline: 0808 80 10 800 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)
Live chat: online 24 hours every day.

Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland
http://www.womensaidni.org/
Support for women and men affected by domestic or sexual violence.
Helpline: 0808 802 1414 (lines open 24 hours)

Men's Advice Line
http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/
Providing support to men subjected to violence from partners or ex-partners.
Helpline: 0808 801 0327 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk

National Centre for Domestic Violence
http://www.ncdv.org.uk
Free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Helpline : 0800 970 2070 (lines open 24 hours)

Mankind
http://www.mankind.org.uk
Mankind offer support to male victims of domestic abuse and violence.
Helpline: 01823 334244 (lines open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm)

Coercive Control
http://rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-information/violence-against-women-and-international-law/coercive-control-and-the-law/
Information on Coercive control, which is when a person with whom you are personally connected, repeatedly behaves in a way which makes you feel controlled, dependent, isolated or scared.

Galop
http://www.galop.org.uk/
Galop support lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.
Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (lines open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am - 5pm, Wednesday & Thursday to 8pm)
Online chat: (Wednesday & Thursday 5 – 8pm)
 Email: help@galop.org.uk

Hidden Hurt
http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk
Information about domestic abuse.

The Henna Foundation
http://www.hennafoundation.org/home.html
Support for Muslim women and their families.

Dwell
http://dwelldomesticviolence.com/
Preventing domestic violence against women.

Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO) 
http://ikwro.org.uk/
Advice and support to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK who are facing Forced Marriage, Child Marriage, “Honour” Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Domestic Violence. Advice in Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto and English and a free counselling service in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and English.

Southall Black Sisters
http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
Advice and support services for minority ethnic women, on gender-related issues, such as forced marriage, honour killings and the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems.

Muslim Women’s Network – MWN Helpline
http://www.mwnhelpline.co.uk/
Information, support to Asian and Muslim women and girls from diverse ethnic / faith backgrounds who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues.
Helpline: 0800 999 5786 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am -4pm)
Text: 07415 206 936 (Text at any time, replies Monday – Friday 10am -4pm)
Email: info@mwnhelpline.co.uk

 

Forced Marriage

Karma Nirvana
http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/
Support for victims of honour crime and forced marriage.
Helpline: 0800 5999 247 (lines open Monday – Friday 9.30am- 5pm)

Forced Marriage Unit
https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage
Support information for forced marriage.
Helpline: 020 7008 0151 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO) 
http://ikwro.org.uk/
Advice and support to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK who are facing Forced Marriage, Child Marriage, “Honour” Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Domestic Violence. Advice in Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto and English and a free counseling service in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and English.

Southall Black Sisters
http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
Advice and support services for minority ethnic women on gender-related issues, such as forced marriage, honour killings and the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems.

Karma Nirvana
http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/
Support for victims of honour crime and forced marriage.
Helpline: 0800 5999 247 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am- 5pm)

Forced Marriage Unit
https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage
Support information for forced marriage.
Helpline: 020 7008 0151 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Freedom Charity
http://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/
Support information for children and young people at risk of violent crime, dishonour-based violence and forced marriages.

MixTogether.org
http://www.mixtogether.org/
Online support for couples of mixed race, religion or caste, whose relationships are opposed by family or community.

 

Stalking

National Stalking Helpline
http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/
Guidance information for harassment or stalking.
Helpline:  0808 802 0300 (lines open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30 – 4pm, Wednesday 1 – 4pm)

Scared of Someone?
https://www.scaredofsomeone.org/
Is what’s happening to you stalking? Check out here.

Guide for victims of stalking
http://www.womensaid.ie/download/pdf/digital_stalking_guide_v2_nov_2012.pdf
Women’s Aid and Network for Surviving Stalking have produced a guide ‘Digital stalking: a guide to technology risks for victims’.

Protection Against Stalking
http://www.protectionagainststalking.org/
Protection Against Stalking work with professionals and organisations to improve the safety of stalking and harassment victims.

Get Safe Online
https://www.getsafeonline.org/
Expert advice on protecting your computer, phone, tablet against online stalking and much more.

Paladin – National Stalking Advocacy Service
http://paladinservice.co.uk/
A service for high risk victims only. That is, those who are at risk of serious harm or homicide. Referral information on the website.
Email: info@paladinservice.co.uk

Victim Support
https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-victims/ive-been-affected/stalking-and-harassment
Information for victims of stalking or harassment.

Action Against Stalking -AAS
http://www.actionagainststalking.org
Information for anyone who is being stalked; Scotland only.

Report a Stalker
https://www.gov.uk/report-stalker
Government information on reporting the crime of stalking.


Trafficking , Slavery and Exploitation

Modern Slavery Helpline
https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/
Help for yourself, or someone who may be a victim of slavery or exploitation, call in confidence.
Helpline: 08000 121 700 (lines open 24 hours)

Salvation Army – Modern Slavery
http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/human-trafficking (opens in a new window)
Providing support services for adult victims of trafficking and modern slavery.
Referral Line (England and Wales only): 0300 303 8151 (lines open 24 hours)

Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO) 
http://ikwro.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
Advice and support to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK who are facing Forced Marriage, Child Marriage, “Honour” Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Domestic Violence. Advice in Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto and English and a free counseling service in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and English.

Southall Black Sisters
http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
Advice and support services for minority ethnic women on gender-related issues, such as forced marriage, honour killings and the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems.

Women and Girls Network
http://www.wgn.org.uk/
Counselling and support for women trafficked into the sex industry.
Helpline: 0808 801 0660 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Wednesday 6pm – 9pm)

Unseen UK
http://www.unseenuk.org/
Raising awareness of trafficking and modern slavery as well as supporting survivors.
Email: info@unseenuk.org

The Helen Bamber Foundation
http://www.helenbamber.org/
Working with survivors of torture, wars, genocides, sex trafficking, slavery and extreme domestic violence; plus gender and sexuality-based persecution.

Revenge Porn Helpline
http://www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk
Support for anyone affected by sexually explicit material posted online without consent.
Helpline: 0345 6000 459 (lines open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm)
Email: help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Barnardo’s
http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_projects/sexual_exploitation.htm
Supporting young people who suffer from sexual exploitation.

End Child Prostitution and Trafficking - ECPAT UK
http://www.ecpat.org.uk/
Campaigning to end child sex tourism and trafficking.

Equality Advisory & Support Service –EASS
http://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/ (opens in a new window)
Offering assistance and advice on equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
Helpline : 0808 800 0082 ( lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm)
Text: 0808 800 0084

 

FGM-Female Genital Mutilation

NSPCC – FGM
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fgm 
Offering support advice for anyone concerned about female genital mutilation (FGM); the NSPCC provide an anonymous helpline.
Telephone: 0800 028 3550 (24 hours a day, every day)
Email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

Muslim Women’s Network – MWN Helpline
http://www.mwnhelpline.co.uk/issuesstep2.php?id=16
Information, support to Asian and Muslim women and girls from diverse ethnic / faith backgrounds.
Helpline: 0800 999 5786 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am -4pm)
Text: 07415 206 936 (Text at any time, replies Monday – Friday 10am -4pm)
Email: info@mwnhelpline.co.uk

NHS – FGM
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/female-genital-mutilation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Information on the illegal practise of  FGM.

Forward
http://www.forwarduk.org.uk
Provide help, information and support to anyone affected by FGM ( Female Genital Mutilation), including those who fear they or a girl they know may be at risk.

Daughters of Eve
http://www.dofeve.org/
Working to protect girls and young women at risk of FGM.

End FGM
http://www.endfgm.eu/
An Amnesty International project run with European organisations to place FGM high on the EU Agenda.

Equality Now
https://www.equalitynow.org/
Information on Equality Now campaigns to stop the practise of FGM.