Seeking help is a priority for domestic abuse victims. Sometimes, it can mean the difference between life or death. If you at risk of imminent danger, please call 999. In circumstances where calling the emergency services may inflame the situation, you can press 55 once you have dialled 999 and the emergency services will go to the address from where you have called without you having to say anything.
It is also recommended that you reach out to someone - this can be a friend, relative or close family member that you trust. There also exist a number of helplines, listed below, that you can call.
Refuge has a free 24 hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline, offering support for women and child victims of abuse, including emergency accommodation referrals.
You can call on: 0808 2000 247.
Solace Women’s Aid has a free and confidential advice line for women in London affected by Domestic Abuse. You can call it on: 0808 802 5565.
The charity provides various services for victims, including provision of accommodation, advice and support, therapeutic services and a Rape Crisis Team.
Women’s Aid offer support via an online form (find here), or via email ([email protected]). Their hours of contact run from 10 am - 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 12 pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Women’s Aid website also provides victims with a wide range of resources, including The Survivor’s Handbook, which gives legal and housing advice.
Refuge also provides a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse, providing practical advice as well as therapeutic support. You can call it on: 080 8010327, and runs from Mon - Friday, 9am-8pm.
You can also email at [email protected], Mon - Fri 9am - 8pm, and Sat-Sun, 10am-12pm & 4pm-6pm.
The ManKind Initiative offers information, advice and support to male victims of domestic abuse, including accommodation referrals and benefits.
They also have a confidential helpline which you can call on: 01823 334244.
SurvivorsUK is a helpline for male victims of rape or sexual abuse. Their National Online Helpline (accessible via the website) is normally open from 12pm - 4pm at present.
The National Stalking Helpline advises victims of stalking behaviour, which is increasingly being recognised as form of domestic abuse (where perpetrated by an intimate partner).
Their website has free helpline for victims, open 9:30am - 4pm Monday - Friday. You can call it on: 0808 802 0300.
The National Stalking Advisory Service also recommend that you trust your instincts and report any suspected stalking to the police as soon as possible. It is also helpful, they recommend, to keep a diary account of what’s happening/what has happened, as evidence.
Rape crisis provides a free helpline for victims of sexual violence and rape - it comprises a one-to-one Live Chat Helpline providing emotional support and practical advice. The website also has helpful contact details of Rape Crisis Centres across the country.
The Everyman Project offers counselling to male perpetrators of violent or abusive behaviour who wish to instigate personal change. It also has a national helpful providing support for any worried about their own, or someone else’s, behaviour
If you are concerned about a child or young person, it is advised that you call Childline on 0800 1111.
Dog’s Trust run a scheme whereby those seeking to leave a relationship can have their dogs cared for until they are settled in a new home.