following list of Domestic Abuse Helplines is by no means exhaustive,
so if you know of another one, or if you offer support and provide
a helpline number, pleaseby filling in the form on the Resources
Nationwide, 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, also weekends
from July 1999. Advice and telephone support provided by highly
trained staff and volunteers backed up by a wide range of leaflets
and other resources
Accord Catholic Mediation Counselling
028 9023 3002
Action Against Abuse of Women
0181 514 1177
Chinese Information and Advice
020 7692 3697
The Chinese Women Domestic Violence Project
at the Chinese Information & Advice Centre (CIAC) in Central
London is developing its Outreach Project to support Chinese
sufferers of DV. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the site is ultimately
to provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling
those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate
for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will
hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website
also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types
of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every
counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either
sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us,
or is registered with a professional body online with recognised
codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of
Divorce, Mediation & Counselling
020 7730 2422
020 7737 6747
Counselling, support and advice to men who
are violent or concerned about their violence, and anyone affected
by that violence.
0800 735 0671
Family Service Units
020 7428 5405
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Kiran - Asian Women's Aid
020 8558 1986
Advice, support, refuge for Asian
women, and women from other cultures e.g. Turkey, Iran, Morocco,
0208 698 9649
Abuse Help Line for male victims only, 7 days
per week, 365 days per year. Emergencies only after 10 pm.
Men's Advice Line and
020 8 644 9914
Information, support and advice to men experiencing
domestic violence. Open from 9am to 10pm, Monday and Wednesday
(answerphone at other times). Local projects for men are available
in some areas.
National Council for One Parent
0800 018 5026
020 7 428 5400
Both numbers operate Mon-Fri 9.15 to 5.15.
Runs an information service for lone parents, other organizations,
local authorities and the media
National Domestic Violence
Free, confidential service for anyone concerned
about children at risk offers counseling, information and advice.
Help for Asian women experiencing Domestic
The Pink Practice
07005 968 111
A counselling and psychotherapy practice for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leeds and London.
Lines open Mon-Thur 9am-7pm.
Rape/Indecent Assault Crisis
0800 735 0567
Refuge's 24-hour National
0990 995 443
National crisis line, 24 hours a day, 365
days a year which provides advice and support to those experiencing
domestic violence and refers women and children on to the 250
112 local Relate centres provide couple counselling
for those with relationship problems, and psychosexual therapy,
and relationship and family education.
Telephone helpline for adult (17+) male survivors
of child sexual abuse and adult rape. Answerphone messages are
returned as soon as possible.
The Muslim Women's Helpline
UK Insolvency Helpline
0800 074 6918
Free & confidential advice on finance
and debts. Monday to Saturday 9am - 9pm (Sundays 9.30am - 1pm
& 24 hour answerphone)
Women with Learning Disabilities
0181 522 0675
0845 702 3468
0845 30 30 900
Nationwide lo-call service, 9am-9pm Mon-Fri,
9am-7pm weekends and bank holidays from 9am-5pm; Provides information
and support to victims of all reported and unreported crime,
including sexual crimes, racial harassment and domestic violence
Victim Support's Male
0800 328 3623
Freephone number for men, 12 noon
to 2 pm, Mon to Fri
Regional Domestic Violence Helpline Numbers
0121 643 1638
Rape and Sexual Violence Project PO Box 9558
0121 233 3818
A charity supporting female and
male survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual
abuse: offering information, telephone support and face to face
counselling (7 days per week). Both male and female counsellors
Bristol Crisis Centre
0117 925 1119
A national support phoneline for women in
crisis. It is a late night telephone helpline, the available
hours being 9pm-12.30am, Friday and Saturday.
A confidential domestic violence survivors
support group for women, based in East Anglia, run by fellow
survivors. Groups meet in Kings Lynn, Yarmouth and Norwich.
South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis
Provides specialist, holistic, women-centred
support, advocacy and counselling to women who have experienced,
or are experiencing, sexual violence
SHE Helpline (East Anglia, Kent
& East London)
Oldham Family Crisis Group
0161 628 4991
Provides refuge, move-on accommodation, and
a residential property for South Asian women with Mental Health
needs. 24 hour helpline number.
Juniper Lodge Sexual Assault Response
0116 270 6990
Based on the St Marys model, Manchester
SHE Helpline (East Anglia, Kent
& East London)
Southall Black Sisters
0181 571 9595
Provides a comprehensive and holistic service
to Asian and African-Caribbean women. It provides both crisis
intervention and long-term casework. Its resource centre provides
information, advice, advocacy, counselling and support. Services
are provided to women who have experienced domestic violence,
forced marriages, abductions (children and young women), and
conflict in the family and community, stranger and acquaintance
rapes, and sexual harassment.
Freedom Project is as pet fostering scheme for women going
into refuges or temporary accommodation, providing temporarily
foster homes for dogs.
St Marys Centre St Marys Hospital, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0JH
0161 276 6515
This Centre accepts self-referrals, has 24-hour
telephone access, employs crisis/advocacy workers and counsellors
and is embedded in the NHS infrastructure. St Marys provides
a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling and medical
aftercare service to survivors of rape or sexual assault. Survivors
are provided with information on relevant services, and with
support through the court process where required.
Reach Project Rhonda Cross Centre,
18 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 212 1551
Newham Asian Womens Project
0181 472 0528
Adopts a holistic approach to support services
for women who have experienced domestic violence. As well as
advice and support they offer employment training to help women
rebuild their lives
Nottingham Womens Aid Advice
0115 947 6490
Nottingham Womens Centre
0115 941 1475
Provides a range of womens community
initiatives and self-help projects, as well as a specialist
helpline, outreach and advice services for women experiencing
domestic violence and rape.
Provide an evening helpline called the Crisis
Line to people experiencing distress. The line operates every
night from 7.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. every night of the year. The
line is staffed by trained volunteers who listen, talk through
problems, offer practical suggestions, give information and
help to contact other services.
Ashiana, PO BOX 367, Sheffield, S1 1HX
Provide safe accommodation for Asian
women and children fleeing from domestic abuse. Also provide
outreach service for Asian women who live in Sheffield.
Sheaf Domestic Violence Project
0114 249 8881
0114 249 8882
Works directly with women, children and Men
who have been or still are suffering from domestic violence.
Offers face to face visits, an escort service to court / hospital
Tayside Couple Counselling
The Dudson Centre,
A counselling and support service
for women and girls who have been affected by rape, sexual and
domestic violence whether recently or in the past. The counselling
service is free, and is provided by women for women and girls.
This service also includes anyone who is indirectly affected
by sexual violence.
Also runs free confidence building course for women and provides
training for workers or interested parties in Responing to Disclosure,
and Honour Related Violence.
A specialist, non-gendered service offering
a range of information and advice, emotional support, counselling
and resources to anyone affected by the issue of Domestic Violence
- women, men, young people and family members.
The Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline is the national
free support and information service for women, children and
men in Wales who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse
at the hands of someone close to them. Freephone 24 hours. Welsh
and English spoken, access to interpreters for other languages.
BT Type Talk Service.
A voluntary organisation that provides a free
and confidential information and support service to those affected
by domestic abuse in Blaenau Gwent. Open Monday to Friday between
the hours of 9.30 am and 4.30 pm
Lines open 10 am to 12 midnight every day
of the year. During the hours of 10 am to 2 pm and 10 pm to
midnight we offer a text phone service using the same number.
This is a freephone number which does not show on telephone
bills. Calls are answered by women who offer confidential
information and support to anyone affected by domestic abuse.
Scottish Women's Aid
0131 475 2372
Support, information and safe refuge to women
experiencing domestic abuse.
Living with the Dominator by Pat
Craven is the book to accompany the Freedom Programme in the UK. This book
should be compulsory in schools - the information is so clear and so obvious
and such an eye-opener! After studying domestic violence issues for years, this
is the one book which finally enabled me to click it all into place and answer
all my whys. Just read it:
Life after getting out of an abusive relationship
often continues to be a struggle, and It's My Life Now offers
guidance to overcoming common pitfalls, blending worksheets with insights on
self exploration and ongoing growth. From handling feels of loss and guilt to
overcoming feelings associated with having loved an abuser, this book continues
to offer invaluable lessons and be a real source of help and strength:
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According to therapist Engel "even
the most loving person" is capable of emotional abuse-that is, "any
non-physical behavior designed to control, intimidate, subjugate, demean, punish,
or isolate." In a reasoned, sensible tone, she encourages readers to become
responsible for their behavior and for changing it. Identified are ten "patterns
of abuse" (verbal assault, character assassination, etc.), different kinds
of abusive relationships, action steps for cessation, and suggestions for recovery.
Engel clearly shows how this type of abuse, either intentional or unconscious
leads to low self-esteem and misery for one or both partners. Engel also looks
at the difficult relationships where one partner suffers from Personality Disorder.
A difficult and draining yet important read for those who suspect that their
relationship has entered abusive territory, this book is highly recommended.