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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 campaign 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 relationships.

http://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 violence.

http://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 those located in Lambeth.

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.

Digital Stalking – A Guide to Technology Risks for Victims by Jennifer Perry. (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

Online service providing advise and support for substance use, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/domestic-abuse/   

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 Society 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:                           

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!

http://www.singleparents.org.uk/

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 (24 hour 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/

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

www.stonewallhousing.org

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 Website.

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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