Support Organisations - Rape and Domestic Abuse

Last updated 01 August 2018

This section covers support for Rape and Domestic Abuse



The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre 
http://www.rasasc.org.uk (opens in a new window)
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/ (opens in a new window)
For young people who need advice on what is OK behaviour in a relationship. 

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

Rape Crisis Scotland 
http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
Supporting anyone in Northern Ireland affected by rape and sexual violence

http://www.safeline.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
Support for men, women and young people affected by rape and abuse.
National Male Survivor Helpline: 0808 800 5005 
Young People’s Helpline: 0808 800 5007
(Helpline opening hours Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 4pm, Tuesday & Thursday 8am – 8pm , Saturday 10am – 12 noon)

The Mix
http://www.themix.org.uk (opens in a new window)
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

Survivors UK 
http://www.survivorsuk.org (opens in a new window)
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.
Helpline web chat: check website for details & times.
Email: info@survivorsuk.org

Victim Support
https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
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/ (opens in a new window)
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)

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)

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/incest (opens in a new window)
Information on Incest and the law.


National Domestic Violence Helpline 
http://www.womensaid.org.uk (opens in a new window) 
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/ (opens in a new window)
Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (lines open 24 hours)

Live Fear Free
http://livefearfree.gov.wales/about/?lang=en (opens in a new window)
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

Northern Ireland - 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline 
http://www.womensaidni.org/ (opens in a new window) 
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/ (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
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)

http://www.mankind.org.uk (opens in a new window)
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/(opens in a new window)
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.

http://www.galop.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
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

Muslim Women’s Network – MWN Helpline
http://www.mwnhelpline.co.uk/ (opens in a new window)
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

Karma Nirvana
http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
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 (opens in a new window)
Support information for forced marriage.
Helpline: 020 7008 0151 (lines open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Hidden Hurt 
http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk (opens in a new window)
Information about domestic abuse.

The Henna Foundation
http://www.hennafoundation.org/home.html (opens in a new window)
Support for Muslim women and their families.

http://dwelldomesticviolence.com/ (opens in a new window)
Aims to prevent domestic violence against women.

Women and Girl's Network
http://www.wgn.org.uk/ (opens in a new window) 
Counselling and support for domestic or sexual violence, FGM and trafficking. 
Advice Line: 0808 801 0660 (lines open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 6-9pm)
Email: advice@wgn.org.uk

Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO)
http://ikwro.org.uk/ (opens in a new window) 
Support for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK, includes forced or child marriage, 'Honour' based violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and domestic violence. 
Advice is available in Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Pashto and English, with a free counselling service in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and English. 

Southall Black Sisters
http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
Support services for minority ethnic women on gender-related issues which includes forced marriage, honour killings and the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems.

http://www.respectphoneline.org.uk (opens in a new window)
Advice for anyone who is abusive towards their partners and is seeking help to stop. 
Helpline: 0808 802 4040 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)
Email: info@respectphoneline.org.uk

Clare’s Law 
England & Wales (The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme)
Clare’s Law has been extended to all police forces in England & Wales. The scheme allows police to disclose to individuals details of their partners’ abusive pasts. 
Details of the scheme can be found in this document 
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/224877/DV_Disclosure_Scheme_Guidance_-_REVISED_W.pdf (opens in a new window)

The Drive Project
http://driveproject.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
From April 2016 the Drive Project will be trialled in Sussex, Essex and south Wales. Case managers in these areas will work with some of the most dangerous perpetrators, on a one-to-one basis, to reduce their abusive behavior