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1- Young  people

* Bursting the Bubble:

Website for teenagers living with family violence.       https://woah.org.au/        

* National Youth Advocacy Service
Information and advocacy service for children and young people up to 24 years.            https://www.nyas.net/

* Fast Forward: Information on drugs and alcohol education for youth.                          https://www.fastforward.org.uk/   

*The Hideout :  Women’s Aid website for children and young people living with domestic violence.                   http://thehideout.org.uk

*LoveDontFeelBad: Women’s Aid website for young people on healthy relationships and coercive control        http://www.lovedontfeelbad.co.uk/     

*Respect Not Fear: Website for young people about healthy relationships, with games and activities.  http://respectnotfear.co.uk/

*Young Minds: Mental health charity for young people.    https://youngminds.org.uk/   

2-Women’s campaigning groups

*Association of Women’s Rights in Development: Provides comprehensive information and analysis on women’s human rights and global issues https://www.awid.org/ 

*Fawcett Society: Fawcett works for change on issues at the heart of women’s daily experience        https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/

*Feminist.com:  Activism, health, links to other sites    https://www.feminist.com/     

*The Feminist Majority Foundation Online :Sections on women’s health, global feminism, reproductive rights, and more      http://www.feminist.org/

*National Union of Students:Students site campaigning on liberation issues          https://www.nus.org.uk/en/take-action/liberation-campaigns/    

*Rights Of Women:  Empowering women to access their legal rights      https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/      

*Sisterhood is Global Institute: Non-profit organisation promoting women’s rights through human rights projects – advocacy programmes, etc.  https://sigi.org/

*The Suzy Lamplugh Trust: The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a registered charity, is the leading authority on personal safety    https://www.suzylamplugh.org/

*United Nations Women:The UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women  http://www.unwomen.org/en

*Women In Prison:A campaigning organisation providing support for women in prison  https://www.womeninprison.org.uk/ 

*Women’s National Commission:The official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government  http://www.thewnc.org.uk/

*Zero Tolerance:Edinburgh-based charity campaigning for the prevention of male violence against women.    https://www.zerotolerance.org.uk/

3- Trafficking

*Anti-Slavery:UK based charity which works exclusively to end slavery and related abuse.  https://www.antislavery.org/

*UnseenUK: Provides female survivors of trafficking with places of safety and aftercare programmes of support.https://www.unseenuk.org/

3a Trafficking of children:

* ECPAT UK:Children’s rights organisation campaigning against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the UK.https://www.ecpat.org.uk/

4- Survivors of abuse   

*Hidden Hurt: Domestic abuse site with information and support  http://www.hiddenhurt.co.uk/  

 

4a National Association for People Abused in Childhood:

* Charity providing information and advice to adults who suffered abuse and/or neglect in childhood      https://napac.org.uk/              

*Mens Advice Line:  Advice and support for men in abusive relationshipshttp://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/  

*Counselling Directory:A free and confidential way to search for a counsellor or more info on various types of abuse.    https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/

*Couples Counselling Network: A national network of qualified counsellors experienced in couples counselling          http://ukcouplescounselling.com/

*Womankind:  Bristol women’s therapy centre        https://www.womankindbristol.org.uk/

*Woman’s Trust:Confidential services specifically for women who have experienced any forms of domestic abuse    http://womanstrust.org.uk/

*Hypnotherapy Directory:Lists qualified hypnotherapists across the UK        https://www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/   

*Supportline:Offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post
https://www.supportline.org.uk/

*AADFA:Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse.  Charity offering help to families after fatal domestic abuse (homicide or suicide) and near misses
https://aafda.org.uk/

*One Space: Parenting site for single parents.  Online groups, supported by experienced domestic abuse and parenting support workers, where single parents share solutions, challenges, joys and fears.        http://www.singleparents.org.uk/  

*Vivacious Mum: Online magazine aimed at empowering single mothers      https://www.vivaciousmum.com/ 

Location-specific

* Hammersmith & Fulham
Advance Advocacy Project:support and advice to survivors of domestic violencehttp://advancecharity.org.uk/

*Hull
*Purple House:
Women’s centre provides a safe space run and offers services including a nursery, sexual health information and domestic violence support.      https://www.purplehouse.co.uk/

*Lambeth
*Lambeth Victim Support:  Victim Support for the Lambeth are

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/london

Aylesbury
*Loves Me Not:

Aylesbury Domestic Violence Forum Website      http://www.lovesmenot.co.uk/ 

*Hammersmith & Fulham

*Standing Together:
Organisation that coordinate a multi-agency partnership response to domestic violence in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. (Not a front-line service)

http://www.standingtogether.org.uk/

*London
*Women and Girls’ Network:
Charity providing support and counselling to women and girls who have experienced violence, including child sexual abuse, sexual assault, assault and domestic violence              http://www.wgn.org.uk/

*Stalking
Network for Surviving Stalking:
National Registered Charity devoted to providing support to people affected by stalking.
https://www.scaredofsomeone.org/

*Paladin
Paladin assists high risk victims of stalking throughout England and Wales. A number of Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISACs) ensure high risk victims of stalking are supported and that a coordinated community response is developed locally to keep victims and their children safe. https://paladinservice.co.uk/

*Network for Surviving Stalking (NSS):Charity dedicated to providing help, support and information for those affected by stalking and harassment.
https://www.scaredofsomeone.org/about-us

*The Suzy Lamplugh Trust: Provides practical support and personal safety guidance to reduce fear of crime and develops skills and strategies for keeping safe.
https://www.suzylamplugh.org/

*The National Stalking Clinic:
A specialist service for the assessment and treatment of stalkers and their victims. Provides a mobile service across the UK to interested parties including the courts, Probation Service, Police, mental health trusts and Social Services.      http://www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/

*Victim Support:  Helps people to cope with the effects of crime.        https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/  

*BBC Inside Out: A basic guide to help people who are being stalked.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/yorkslincs/series7/stalking_advice.shtml

*Alert5: Rapid alert service via your mobile phone.    http://www.alert5.co.uk/

Cyberstalking and online safety

*Digital Stalking:

*a guide to technology risks for victims:

A guide launched in 2012 by Women’s Aid and the Network for Surviving Stalking.

https://1q7dqy2unor827bqjls0c4rn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Digital_Stalking_Guide_V2_Nov_2012.pdf

*Childnet :

Childnet Hub is for young people aged 11-18, you’ll find top tips, competitions, blogs and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.        https://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary  

*Ctech: 

Ctech has written a useful guide for parents, carers and educators to protecting a child’s privacy online

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/

BBC Webwise:

Information on how to keep your family safe online.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/safety-and-privacy/

WiredSafety:

Gives information about the laws regarding cyberstalking and harassment.

https://www.wiredsafety.com/

Sexual violence

* Organisations supporting survivors of sexual violence

*Rape Crisis:

Map and contact list of UK member groups: information, help, child abuse, legal procedures      https://rapecrisis.org.uk/      

*RASASC:

Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre      http://www.rasasc.org.uk/

*Respond:

Challenging vulnerability and sexual abuse in the lives of people with learning disabilities        http://www.respond.org.uk/

Relative abuse

*Parentline Plus,:

offers help and support for parents.      https://www.familylives.org.uk/

*Refuge services

Women’s Aid websites in the UK and Ireland

*Scottish Women’s Aid:       

 http://www.scottishwomensaid.co.uk/

*Welsh Women’s Aid:    https://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/      

*Women’s Aid Republic of Ireland:  https://www.womensaid.ie/

*Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland:  https://www.womensaidni.org/

 

 Alcohol and drugs

*Addaction: 

Addaction support adults, children, young adults and older people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems.
https://www.addaction.org.uk/

*Al-anon: 

Al-Anon provides support to anyone affected by someone else’s drinking

https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/

*Alcohol Concern:

National agency on alcohol misuse                      https://alcoholchange.org.uk/

*Drugscope :

The UK’s leading independent centre of expertise on drugs          http://www.drugscope.org.uk/

*Fast Forward:

Information on drugs and alcohol education for youth
http://www.drugscope.org.uk/

*FRANK:

Information, support and counselling for drug users and their families  https://www.talktofrank.com/

*NACOA:

National Association for Children of Alcoholics    http://www.nacoa.org.uk/       

*Release: 

A range of specialist services for professionals and the public concerning drugs and the law      https://www.release.org.uk/

*She’s in Recovery:

Online community for women in recovery from addiction
http://www.shesinrecovery.com/

*Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Substance Use     

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/domestic-abuse/       
Online service providing advise and support for substance use, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

*Black and minority ethnic women

Please note that these links are for organisations offering services nationwide (such as helplines), or for those with extensive online information/research. For local domestic violence services please use the Domestic Abuse Directory

*Domestic abuse specific

*Southall Black Sisters:

Domestic violence resource centre for Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean women      https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/

*Hot Peach Pages:

Hot Peach Pages has a directory of domestic abuse agencies world-wide    http://www.hotpeachpages.net/

*Chinese:
*Chinese Information and Advice Centre :

Provides support and information for Chinese people living in the UK. Also runs Sunflower Support Programme for children and teenagers affected by domestic violence.  https://ciac.co.uk/

*Jewish:
*Jewish Women’s Aid
 :

Provides refuge and/or support to Jewish women and their children affected by domestic abuse. https://www.jwa.org.uk/

*Muslim
*Muslim Community Helpline :

Telephone counselling service for Muslim men and women                http://muslimcommunityhelpline.org.uk/     

*Nour Domestic Violence:

Provides Islamic support and advice and raises awareness            https://www.nour-dv.org.uk/

*Latin American:
*Latin American Women’s Aid :

Provides nationally available services and the only refuge for Latin American women in the UK
http://lawadv.org.uk/en/

*General
Refugee Council :

Services for refugees and asylum seekers; including children’s services, integration services and information on voluntary returns.  https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/

*Children

Domestic abuse specific
The Hideout: Website created by Women’s Aid giving support to children and young people affected by domestic abuse          http://thehideout.org.uk/

 

*General

Action for Children :

Support for vulnerable and neglected children and young people, and their families                             https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

The Child Law Advice Line (CLAL) :

Freephone advice line for parents, carers, children and young people on a wide range of legal issues
https://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/
 

NSPCC
National So:ciety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection            https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

National Youth Advocacy Service:

Information and advocacy service for children and young people up to 24 years.  https://www.nyas.net/

Childnet :

Childnet Hub is for young people aged 11-18, you’ll find top tips, competitions, blogs and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.                https://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary

Information for professionals

*Women’s Aid Expect Respect Education Toolkit:

Consists of easy to use ‘Core’ lessons for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/what-we-do/safer-futures/expect-respect-educational-toolkit/

*Leeds Animation:

Specialists in animated films for adults and children on social issues including domestic violence, bullying, grief and gender inequality
http://www.leedsanimation.org.uk/

*Migrant Children’s Project (MCP) :
Aims to ensure that migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children in the UK are able to obtain the services, support and assistance to which they are legally entitled. The advice line provides advice to frontline professionals, carers, advocates and young people

https://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/get-legal-advice/immigration-asylum-nationality/

*Ctech:

Ctech has written a useful guide for parents, carers and educators to protecting a child’s privacy online.  https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/

Disability

Specific to domestic abuse

*Beverley Lewis House:

A unique place to live for women with learning disabilities who have suffered from abuse or who are at risk of abuse.
https://www.lqgroup.org.uk/help-and-advice/

*Respond:

Challenging vulnerability and sexual abuse in the lives of people with learning disabilities            http://www.respond.org.uk/

*Citizen’s Advice:

Videos on domestic abuse in British Sign Language

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/resources-and-tools/advice-in-bsl/gender-violence-and-domestic-abuse-advice-in-bsl/

General

*Special Needs Family Fun: 

Special needs resources to enhance the fun and quality of family life for families with disabilities          http://www.specialneedsfamilyfun.com/

*Being the Boss: 

Website addresses the lack of peer support available to disabled people who employ our own Personal Assistants (PAs)     http://www.beingtheboss.co.uk/

*Disability Law Service: 

Providing free legal advice and representation for disabled people             https://dls.org.uk/

Elder Abuse

*Action on Elder Abuse:

Charity that aims to prevent abuse in old age    https://www.elderabuse.org.uk/

*Age UK:

The new name for the merged charities Help the Aged and Age Concern. Info and advice for the general public, including factsheets about elder abuse and where to get help.                        https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

Families and parenting

General

*The Child Law Advice Line (CLAL) :

freephone advice line for parents, carers, children and young people on a wide range of legal issues
https://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/

*Family Rights Group:

Confidential advice to families whose children are involved with Social Services                 https://www.frg.org.uk/

*Adfam:

Charity supporting for families affected by drugs and alcohol      https://adfam.org.uk/

*Home-Start:

A national network of groups offering emotional and practical support by trained volunteers to families with at least one child under the age of five years.          https://www.home-start.org.uk/

*Parentline Plus:

charity supporting parents under stress and refers to sources of local support                                       https://www.familylives.org.uk/

*Special Needs Family Fun:

Special needs resources for families with disabilities        http://www.specialneedsfamilyfun.com/

*Keep Your Kids Safe:

Info for parents on how to protect their kids online                    http://keepyourkidssafe.com/

*ERIC, the children’s continence charity:

Bedwetting advice for professionals, parents, children and teenagers                  https://www.eric.org.uk/

*AADFA:

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse.

Charity offering help to families after fatal domestic abuse (homicide or suicide) and near misses. https://aafda.org.uk/

*Lone Parenting

*Gingerbread:

Promotes the welfare of lone parents and their children    https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/

*One Space:                           http://www.singleparents.org.uk/

An organisation working to improve the lives of one parent families in the UK and Europe. Find advice and information on all aspects of parenting alone, a lively online community supported by experienced single parenting specialists; low cost or free events for you and your family, plus online learning courses, including Assertiveness, Ways into Work and much more!

*Single Parents UK:

Advice and first-hand experience to help parents manage and enjoy life as a single parent.                   http://www.singleparents.org.uk/

*Support for mums
Mumsnet:

A website where parents and parents-to-be can share their know-how, with the aim of making parents’ lives easier by pooling knowledge, experience and support.        https://www.mumsnet.com/

*MAMA:

Meet a Mum Association provide friendship and support to mothers and mothers-to-be                            http://www.mama.co.uk/

Match Mothers:

Mothers Away From Their Children   http://www.matchmothers.org/

Netmums:

Local network for mums with a wealth of information on being a mum or dad in your home town.  https://www.netmums.com/support                               Abduction

 

 

Reunite:

Advice and support for parents whose children have been abducted, or if they fear abduction by a former partner.            http://www.reunite.org/

 

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

*World Heath Organisation (WHO):

Factsheet about FGM.  https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/female-genital-mutilation

*FORWARD UK:

Information about FGM including where it is practiced and what the consequences are.               https://forwarduk.org.uk/key-issues/fgm/

*UNICEF:

Basic information about FGM and what it is practiced.              https://www.unicef.org/protection/

*Forced marriage

Honour Network Helpline – 0800 5999 247.
Open 9:30am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Provided by charity, Karma Nirvana

*Ashiana Project
London
020 8539 0427
Email: info@ashiana.org.uk

http://www.ashiana.org.uk/

*Ashiana Sheffield
0114 255 5740 (24hour helpline)
Email: info@ashianasheffield.org

http://www.ashianasheffield.org/

Asian Women’s Resource Centre
London
020 8961 6549

http://www.asianwomencentre.org.uk/

*CHOICE Helpline
Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham Police helpline
0800 5 999 365

http://www.cleveland.police.uk/advice-information/honour-based-violence.aspx

Freedom Charity
0845 607 0133

https://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/

Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO)
0207 920 6460

http://ikwro.org.uk/

*Southall Black Sisters
London
General Enquiries: 020 8571 9595
Helpline: 020 8571 0800

https://southallblacksisters.org.uk/

Against Forced Marriages help victims who are in fear of getting into a forced marriage or are already in one.

  • Website: www.againstforcedmarriages.org
  • Helpline: 0800 141 2994
  • Calls will be received on Monday’s and Thursday’s, between 10.30am – 4.30pm. On all other days an answering machine will be in service and ALL callers who leave a message will be contacted if requested.

FCO Forced Marriage Unit is a joint-initiative with the Home Office to help victims of forced marriages.

Muslim Community Helpline is an independent emotional support service for Muslims provided by counsellors.

NSPCC is a national organisation whose vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK.

  • Website: www.nspcc.org.uk
  • NSPCC Helpline service: 0808 800 5000,or text88858.
  • Childline Helpline: 0800 111
  • Operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.

Refuge is a national organisation catering for victims of domestic violence.

*Shelter is a housing and homeless charity.

*Victim Support provides free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.

  • Website: www.victimsupport.com
  • Helpline: 0845 30 30 900
  • Operates 9am – 9pm Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 7pm weekends, 9am – 5pm bank holidays

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UK government info on domestic violence

*Home Office:

Violence against women and domestic violence page        https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

*Community legal service:

Free government-funded confidential advice service    http://www.clsdirect.uk/ 

*Crown Prosecution Service:

Handles the prosecution of most domestic violence cases in the UK      https://www.cps.gov.uk/

*Women’s National Commission:

The official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government
http://www.thewnc.org.uk/

*House of Commons and House of Lords:

Access via search page to Hansard archives of debates in Parliament, etc.    https://www.parliament.uk/  

*Housing 
Claiming homelessness – Under current law you can approach any Homeless Persons Unit if it is unsafe for you to remain in your home due to domestic violence. The Council is obliged to offer you temporary accommodation while they carry out their assessment or give you a decision on your application on the day. Housing law states that, ‘It is not reasonable for a person to continue to occupy accommodation if it is probable that this will lead to domestic violence or other violence’. Violence means violence or threats of violence from another person, which are likely to be carried out.

*Rights of Women Guide to Domestic Violence and Homelessness
This guide sets out your housing rights if you are experiencing domestic violence and are currently living with your abuser. It also looks at the legal options which are available if you can no longer stay in your home and need to find somewhere else to live.

http://rightsofwomen.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/guide-to-domestic-violence-housing-and-homelessness.pdf

*Housing Rights Information England and Wales
If you have arrived in the UK to join a partner who is settled here, but have to leave your home because you fear or have experienced violence from your partner, this information applies to you.        https://www.housing-rights.info/02_10_Women.php

*Shelter Homelessness due to domestic violence
If you have to leave your home because of threats, abuse or intimidation, there may be safe places you can go to, such as refuges and temporary housing from the council. It may also be possible to stay in your home and make it safer.

http://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/homelessness/your_situation/domestic_abuse

*St Mungo’s:

St Mungo’s offers confidential support and advice to those at risk of becoming homeless. https://www.mungos.org/

www.stonewallhousing.org
Provides housing advice to LGBT victim/survivors of domestic abuse across London

Support for homeless:
*Homeless Link:

Homeless Link is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. It works to make services better and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness.https://www.homeless.org.uk

*Homelessness Act :

2002:Shelter’s Homelessness Act web site.      http://www.homelessnessact.org.uk/

*Fieldlane;

Charity that works with families that are homeless in London.  https://www.fieldlane.org.uk/

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