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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/

Covid-19: Safety advice for survivors

Covid-19: Safety advice for survivors

Many survivors will be feeling unsafe isolating in a house with an abusive person, and isolated from their support networks.

New safety and support resources for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members:

We want to reassure you we are here for you. We will be doing everything we can to support you during this challenging time. We have put together some advice and information about the support available.

Remember that you are an expert in your own situation and only take on advice that feels safe and relevant to you. Always remember that the abuse you are experiencing is not your fault.

It is important to think through what steps you can take to keep safe.

  • How might you respond in different situations?
  • How will you get help if you need it?

Try to keep your mobile phone on you at all times. Try to make sure your mobile phone is charged. Family, friends and neighbours can support you.

Can you safely keep in touch with people you trust over the phone or online? This could be a friend, family member, neighbour, carer, or support worker.

You can use the opportunities when you can leave the house to make these calls e.g. when you go to the supermarket.

  • Can you talk to them about what you are experiencing?
  • Can you have a code word with a trusted person that lets them know it is not safe to talk or to ask them to phone the police?
  • Could you agree a regular time and day for them to check-in?

Let them know if there are safe times to call you.

Get familiar with how to delete messages quickly. If the abuser is monitoring your phone – delete your messages or call records afterwards.

You can also try apps that allow for more secrecy. For example, Telegram and Signal.

The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency.

Silent Solution: When you call 999, the operator (the person on the phone) will ask which emergency service is required. Listen to the questions from the 999 operator. If you cannot say ‘police’ or ‘ambulance’, respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. If prompted, press 55 on your phone. This lets the 999 call operator know it’s an emergency and that you aren’t safe to speak. Click here to find out more.

Emergency text service: If you can’t call because you are d/Deaf or can’t verbally communicate, you can register with the police text service. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger. Click here to find out more.

Reporting a crime: If you need to report a crime but you are not in immediate danger, you can call the police on 101 or report online. The police have a duty to protect you and your children. You should not be discriminated against for any reason, including your immigration status.

Help and support is available.

Support services can help you think through your safety options and provide emotional support. You can access support by calling a national helpline or accessing support online. Local support services are also still open, and are adapting the way they work to ensure you can still get the help you need.

Women’s Aid is continuing to provide the following services:
The Survivors’ Forum is an online resource for survivors of domestic abuse. The Survivors’ forum can be accessed 24/7. This is a place where survivors can support each other and share their experiences.

Women’s Aid Live Chat is currently available Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

This could be a safer way to access some support; particularly if an abuser might also be in the property so it would be unsafe to make a telephone call.
Women’s Aid email service is still operating and can also provide support.

National helplines

All national helplines are free to call and can provide interpreter services if English is not your first language.

For details of helplines, go to: www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse

Online support

Accessing information online such as our Live Chat service and email, may feel like the best option for you at this time. If you do access any information online you may need to delete your browser history or use ‘private browsing’ as a way to hide your searches.

For more information on how to stay safe online. click here.

Specialist lesbian, gay, bixsexual and trangender (LGBT) support:

Galop: 0800 999 5428 / help@galop.org.uk

Specialist ‘by and for’ support for Black and minoritised women:

Imkaan’s Directory of Services.

Southall Black Sisters Helpline: A national helpline for Black and minoritised women and migrant women, including women with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF): 0208 571 9595 – Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm / Online outreach advice surgery – every Wednesday 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Latin American Women’s Right’s Service – Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0771 928 1714 (Monday to Thursday 10 AM – 1 PM)/ 0759 597 0580 (Monday to Friday 10 AM – 1 PM) / referrals@lawrs.org.uk

Specialist support for Deaf and disabled survivors.

Sign Health: Supports Deaf people experiencing domestic abuse, including a pilot online support project –
Call 020 3947 2601 / (Text or WhatsApp/Facetime) 07970 350366 da@signhealth.org.uk

Stay Safe East: Supports d/Deaf and disabled people experiencing domestic abuse and hate crime (London only) enquiries@staysafe-east.org.uk

Respond: Support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have experienced trauma and abuse – 020 7383 0700 /admin@respond.org.uk

Local support services

You can still access support from your local support service, most likely by telephone or online. To find out about the local support services available in your area:

Your local authority website should include information on where to get help in your local area. You can find out who your local authority is here
Women’s Aid Directory of Services.

Women’s Aid England Directory of Services

Welsh Women’s Aid Directory of Services

Scottish Women’s Aid Directory

Women’s Aid Northern Ireland Directory

Rape Crisis

England and Wales – Local centres
Scotland – Local centres
Rape Crisis Northern Ireland
Imkaan’s Directory of Services (specialist support services for Black and minoritised women.)

GPs

You can still book an appointment with your GP. This will probably be carried out over the phone or via a video link. GPs have been sent guidance on how to best support you if they know or suspect that you are experiencing abuse.

If it isn’t safe to talk when they ring you, you can ask them to call back. Make sure that you are alone and cannot be overheard if you accept the call.

Let your GP or nurse know if you don’t feel safe, are frightened, in immediate danger or if the abuse is getting worse. If it’s not safe for you to ring a support service or the police, you can ask the GP or nurse to do this for you.

Safety planning

A personal safety plan helps you to think about how you can increase your safety. It’s important to think through how you might respond in different situations, including crisis situations.

Support services can help you put a safety plan in place. There is also useful advice online:

Women’s Aid’s Survivor Handbook – Making a Safety Plan
Safety Planning Guidance from Safe Lives
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Some questions to think through:

Think through the layout of your house. Which rooms are safest? For example, where you can more easily leave the house. Which rooms should you try and avoid during an incident? For example, the kitchen.

If your children are old enough – can you teach them how to call for help?

If you had to leave in an emergency do you know where you would go?

If possible pack an emergency bag for you and your children and keep it somewhere safe. Try to include essential things such as medication, identification, money or cards, and essential clothing for you and your children.

Do you want to leave?

It may feel particularly difficult to leave at the moment. Your abuser may tell you are not able to leave because of self-isolation. But the government has confirmed that you can leave your home if you are experiencing abuse.

There are four other reasons people can currently leave their homes– food shopping, health reasons, essential work, and exercise. These could provide opportunities to seek help.

If you do decide to leave, it is best to plan this carefully as it can be a risky time. Support services can help you plan the safest way to leave. You can also find further advice here. The following information on housing options and legal protection may also be useful:

Housing and refuge

We understand that due to self-isolation staying with family and friends might not be an option.

Refuge services could still be an option for you. You can find out about available refuge places by calling one of the national helplines, asking another support service or the police to help you.

Refuge services are still open and accepting referrals, though this has become more difficult. There is guidance for refuges on how to provide support during the Covid-19 pandemic including for survivors and children who may need to self-isolate with them.

Pets: Many refuges are unable to accommodate pets. But there are specialist pet fostering services that can provide a solution. For more information please contact the Dogs Trust Freedom Project or Paws Protect.

Your local authority housing department still has a responsibility to give you information about your housing options. You will need to contact the department by phone or email. Contact details for your local authority housing department will be on their website. You can find out who your local authority is here.

Shelter provide free confidential housing information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues: 0808 800 4444 / Webchat https://england.shelter.org.uk/

Legal protections

There is also a range of legal protections you can apply for:

An occupation order – this order can exclude an abuser from living in a property, even if they are the joint or sole owner of the property.

A domestic violence protection order – this is a temporary order and can remove an abuser from your residence and from making contact with you for up to 28 days.

If you are not living with the abuser but are still experiencing abuse, you can apply for a non-molestation order which can prevent the abuser from contacting you.

You can apply for a domestic abuse injunction online using RCJ Citizens Advice CourtNav service or you can self-refer to FLOWS for support making an application here.

More information is available on the Rights of Women’s website, and they also run a legal helpline if you need advice.

Disability

Disabled survivors experience specific types of abuse, such as ‘carer abuse’, and experience more barriers to accessing support. Disabled survivors will also be experiencing more challenges during this time. Support services, social services and the police are still working, and are there to help.

We understand that you may rely on the abuser for everyday tasks like getting washed and dressed, taking your medication, getting food, communication or paperwork. But you can ask your local social services for help with a care package so you don’t have to depend on the abuser. You must tell social services you are in danger, and need an emergency assessment. It’s important to tell them what help you need with and why the abuser can’t help. Your local disability association can help advocate for you to get the support you need from social services.

All the support services and legal protections outlined above are available to you. There are also specialist support services for Deaf and disabled survivors mentioned above (Sign Health, Stay Safe East, and Respond).
Disability Rights UK provides guidance for users of social care and personal assistance – click here.

Information available in accessible formats:
Sign Health has produced accessible videos about Covid-19/ Coronavirus in British Sign Language, including updates after the daily government briefings – click here.

Sign Health has produced accessible short educational films on consent, sexting, so called ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage in British Sign Language. Available here.

Children and young people

Children and Young People are also deeply affected by abuse, and facing real challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. Support available for children and young people:

The Hide Out
Young Minds
Child Line
The Mix
General resources for children/ families dealing with Covid-19:

7 Ways to support kids and teen through the pandemic – The Clay Centre
Advice for families in self isolation – Family Lives

Child contact and family court

Child contact is often used as a way for abusers to continue their control, and arrangements have become more difficult due to Covid-19.

Be mindful of sharing details such as your address, phone number or email address with your abuser that could compromise your safety. If your abuser turns up at your property without agreement do not allow him in. Call 999 if you are feeling threatened.

Rights of Women have developed some useful information about child contact during Covid-19 – available here.

The President of the Family Division has released guidance on compliance with family court child arrangement orders’ during Covid-19 – available here.

If you have concerns around the family court:

CAFCASS are regularly updating their information in regard to Covid-19 – available here.

The judiciary have also released some guidance on Covid-19 including remote access to family courts.

Migrant and refugee survivors.

We know that migrant survivors and those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) face barriers to accessing support.

The below updates and resources may be useful:

Rights of Women immigration information and advice.

Southall Black Sisters Helpline: A national helpline for black and minoritised women and migrant women, including women with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) – 0208 571 9595 – Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm / Online outreach advice surgery including immigration advice- every Wednesday 10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m

Right to Remain: changes to the asylum and immigration process due to Covid-19.

For survivors living in asylum accommodation who have been served “Notice to Quit” letters – contact Migrant Help.
The Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)’s factsheet about asylum support and Covid-19 here.

The NHS have confirmed that no charges will be made in the diagnosis or treatment of coronavirus (Covid-19). This applies to everyone living in the UK, regardless of your immigration status. No immigration checks are required for testing or treatment for Covid-19, so please access healthcare if you need to. More information available here.

The Welsh Government has confirmed that those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) in Wales will now be eligible for some additional types of government funded support such as housing and refuge support. More information available here.

Also note that if your visa is about to expire or has expired after 24th January and you cannot travel due to #COVID2019, the Home Office has stated that you will be able to extend it until 31st May 2020. More information available here.

Information available in different languages

If English is not your first language, you can find information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) and advice for patients in 21 different languages – available here.

The Muslim Women’s Network UK has posted audio safety messages about domestic abuse and Covid-19 in different languages – available here.

Finances

Many survivors experience economic abuse, and many will experience financial hardship during the Covid-19 crisis. There are some useful sources of support and information if you are facing financial difficulties:

Surviving Economic Abuse has produced guidance on economic abuse while self-isolating, as well as practical issues including benefits and sick pay. The guidance is updated regularly as the situation changes.
Citizens Advice have guidance on coronavirus outlining what benefits are available, and how to access foodbanks.
Turn2us also helps people to access the money available to them through welfare benefits and grants.

The Royal Association for the Deaf can support d/Deaf people to access welfare benefits. You can contact them by email – advice@royaldeaf.org.uk They also have a new Live Chat on their website.
Some charities offer grants after leaving your home because of domestic abuse. For example Family Fund for families with disabled children, and Buttle UK grants for families in crisis.

Mental wellbeing and self-care

If you are or have previously experienced abuse, lockdown can be distressing. During this time it is important to prioritise your health and wellbeing.

Self-care and useful resources

Self-care is always important, but even more so at this time. Here are some useful resources to help you:

Welsh Women’s Aid Self-Care Guide
Rape Crisis Self-Care Guide
Rape Crisis Grounding techniques
NHS Self-Help Guides including for sleep, anxiety, bereavement, and depression.
Mind’s advice around Mental health and Covid-19
Mindfulness Apps

Insight Timer
Calm
Headspace
Online counselling

If you were accessing counselling that has now been suspended; some counselling services can continue to provide helpline support. For example, Support Line provide a confidential telephone helpline and email counselling service. Sign Health are offering online therapy sessions in British Sign Language for d/Deaf People.

Mental Health Helplines

Samaritans: 116123 / jo@samaritans.org.uk
Mind: 0300 123 3393 / info@mind.org.uk / Text: 86463
Shout! – 24hr crisis text service for d/Deaf people / Text DEAF to 85258
LGBT Networks and Resources

Trans Resilience in Isolation resource
LGBTQI+ London COVID19 & Social Distancing Survival Guide
LGBT+ London Mutual Aid group

Drug and alcohol misuse

Many survivors use alcohol or drugs as a means to cope with their experiences. All the support services listed in this resource provide non-judgemental emotional support. These services should be able to provide you with information about specialist drugs and alcohol support services. You can also access some online advice from We are Here You.

Mutual aid groups

During this crisis we have seen the power of communities with thousands of local mutual aid groups coming together across the country. These groups are made up of your neighbours who want to help one another with the challenges of current isolation measures. For example doing food shopping for those who can’t, and combatting loneliness. You can find your local mutual aid group here.

We hope you have found this information helpful.

Please remember you are not alone.

We are here for you.

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Keep Active

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Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

It’s definitely harder to be active when you are not allowed to go outside very often or at all.

But it’s important to stay as fit and active as possible and there is still a lot on offer…

Access to Sports offer fun activities and exercises that you can use from the comfort of your own home.

Change for Lifehas Disney inspired indoor games and activities for children.

Claremont Project is offering a programme of live and interactive groups and classes including Funky Disco, Yoga and Salsa.

Disney Dance-Alongs – This Girl Can and Disney have captured some of the ways mums and kids get moving to the songs they love. Learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.

Healthy Generations are offering free and low-cost online exercise sessions, including Yoga with JessicaPilates with Alice on Thursday morning and Keep-Fit with Peter (send an email to peter@healthygenerations.org.uk or a text to 0757 978 5053 and he will send back the URL you can copy and paste into your browser). For more information call Healthy Generations on 0798 114 2376 or email healthgensorg@gmail.com.

Joe Wicks the Body Coach is offering free interactive exercise sessions every week day a 9am. The sessions are aimed at school children but can be used by all the family and you can catch up with them at any time of day.

Nike Training Club – Over the coming weeks, they will provide you with workouts, nutrition advice and expert help, so we can all come back from this stronger than ever. Join in with a community of living room athletes.

NHS Home Workout Videos are gentle and easy 10 minute work out videos.

NHS Sitting Exercisesoffers gentle sitting exercises to help improve your mobility and prevent falls.

North London Cares have put together an activity pack called #alonetogether. It provides an entire month of daily activities for older and younger neighbours to take part in at home.

Pop Sugar Fitness has over 500 ad-free workouts from celebrity trainers and fitness experts, including POPSUGAR’s exclusive multi-week challenges.

Silver Swans offer classes to help older audiences improve mobility, posture, co-ordination and boost energy levels in bite size videos.

Sport England offer tips, advice, guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.

Yoga with Adrienne – a gentle and slow yoga session suitable for older people.

Some thirty day challenges to keep you busy – a 30 day art challengea 30 day non-screen activities challenge and a 30 day lego challenge

Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

It’s important to stay connected.

FCV Dorcas is offering telephone befriending to residents of the following Islington wards – Bunhill, Caledonian, Canonbury, Clerkenwell and Mildmay. Contact them on admin@fcv-dorcas.org.uk or hello@fcv-dorcas.org.uk.

Ma Shanti are offering online support to Asian single mothers and their children online activities include yoga, arts & crafts, support groups and cooking club. They are also providing group support via WhatsApp. Please call 07340 990119 or 07904 034 278, Mon – Fri 9am – 3pm or email director@maashanti.org oradmin@maashanti.org

The Parent Houseis offering phone telephone support for parents. Please call 0207 837 1383.

Radio Garden allows you to explore live radio across the world.

Talk For Health has moved online. It provides user-friendly, talk based routes to wellbeing. Participants can join using their mobiles, laptops or tablets, and those without an internet connection or smartphone can dial-in to join ongoing groups. Next taster session will be on Friday 17th April. If you would like further information then please email info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text 0203 409 3201.

Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

Opportunities to keep learning from home.

Open Learning offers free online learning from the Open University.

Radio Garden allows you to explore live radio across the world.

Talk For Health has moved online. It provides user-friendly, talk based routes to wellbeing. Participants can join using their mobiles, laptops or tablets, and those without an internet connection or smartphone can dial-in to join ongoing groups. Next taster session will be on Friday 17th April. If you would like further information then please email info@talkforhealth.co.uk or call/text 0203 409 3201.

Virtual Museum tours – visit leading museums around the world from your own home.

Aimed at children and young people (but open to anyone of any age!)

Audible stories is free as long as the schools are closed. They have an incredible collection of stories, including titles in 6 different languages. Aimed at children, but free to anyone.

Khan Academy offers free learning resources aimed at children and young people aged 2-18.

Oxford Owl has lots of free online resources to help you teach children at home.

Premier League Primary Stars offers free home learning resources.

School’s Out 2020 has links to a wide range of learning tools and resouces.

David Walliams is offering a free audio book every day.

Carol Vordaman is offering a free maths online support.

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Domestic Violence Awareness

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Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse

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Security Industry is growing international

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Research campaign

28 May 2019

We are about to start our annual customer insight survey. The survey, which is being conducted by IFF Research on our behalf, relates to your experience of our licence application process. IFF may contact you direct between Tuesday 28 May and the end of the survey in mid-June. We want your views on our services, what you like about our delivery, and how we can make things better. We will then analyse your feedback and take action to ensure that, where possible, we continue to meet customer needs and provide a modern and up-to-date service.​
 
You may receive a call from IFF Research asking you to take part in the survey. Please be reassured that this is genuine research, and we would really value your opinion.
 
IFF Research works to the guidelines set in the Market Research Society’s Code of Conduct. Interviews will be in complete confidence, and no individual person, organisation, or answers will be identifiable.
Further information:
  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001​. Our main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook- this link opens in a new window (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter- this link opens in a new window (SIAuk).

UK Security industry booming

ADS, the UK security industry trade association, released figures last month that show export growth for the industry is booming. The figures, collated annually, show that the growth is into double-digits: up 18% on 2015 and generating some £4Bn for the UK economy, a clear indication of the UK’s developing reputation.

With Europe, North America and the Middle East leading the export opportunities for UK businesses, some 44% of the industry’s turnover is now coming from exports. And with 60% of companies expecting further growth of more than ten per cent, the industry must look to capitalise on the new markets and developments. Over two thirds of the companies surveyed in the Outlook Report have identified North America, Latin America and the Middle East as key regions to focus on and that remaining competitive is vital in the tough international markets.

Access control systems, communications, and intruder alarm systems hold the top three export positions from the UK.

This development of the security export market is a clear indication that UK companies have an international reputation for agility and innovation, and are becoming increasingly relied upon to provide protection for people and businesses.

This reputation has developed through support from the Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation, for companies looking to for export opportunities, while close collaboration with the Home Office and Department for Transport has helped open up some major opportunities for specialist security companies in cyber, border and aviation security fields.

Paul Everitt, CEO of ADS Group, trade association for the UK security industry said: “The UK security industry is delivering public safety at home and is increasing demand abroad. Industry exports grew by 18% to £4 billion in the last year, providing a real boost to the economy. 
 
“The UK’s skills and expertise developed through delivering major international events and densely- trafficked transport systems is in high demand around the world. 
 
“The UK’s security industry saw total employment increase by five per cent to more than 121,000 high-value jobs.”

The updated figures have shown that the industry is growing year-on-year across all areas, with employment, wages and turnover all increasing and cementing the importance of the security industry to the UK economy.

 

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Demand for Care workers

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Local authorities are receiving more than 5,000 requests for care and support each day. As people are living longer and more people than ever are living with complex needs, it is vital that we look at the evidence for what works best, and what represents good value for money for the local health and care system.

Since 2013, NICE has played an important role in providing advice and guidance for adult social care, with the aim of improving outcomes for people with care and support needs.

We have published a suite of guidance, providing evidence-based recommendations to improve the quality of decision-making, advice and support offered to people by local services.

To demonstrate how NICE guidance might be making a difference in priority areas of adult social care, we have also published the latest in a series of NICE Impact reports.

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As adult social care is delivered by thousands of different providers, there is very little centralised data available showing how NICE’s recommendations are being put into practice nationally.

Digging through the data

NICE’s latest impact report therefore looks at the data that is available, alongside information about outcomes and examples of our guidance being used in practice. It also looks at areas where more progress in adult social care services is needed.

One such area relates to the provision of oral health care in residential care homes. A recent review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of oral health care within 100 care homes found that although 60% of the staff had heard of the NICE guideline and quality standard, only 28% had actually read it.

In fact, only a quarter of the interviewees said that their care home has a policy setting out plans and actions to promote and protect the oral health of their residents and around half said that they were not provided with relevant training in oral health care.

Clearly, this is worrying, but the CQC review is a good example of how close working between NICE and other national partner organisations can support the uptake of NICE guidance. This also demonstrates how crucial the NICE/CQC relationship is in identifying areas of improvement within local services.

The report also identifies positive case studies showing how social care providers have used NICE guidance to improve their medicines management.

Setting the parameters for quality

One homecare provider carried out a baseline assessment of their service against the NICE guidelines on supporting adults with a learning disability.

The provider found that their staff needed and wanted to improve their skills in this area, and so all staff – including managers – were given appropriate training and competency assessments based on NICE guidance. Every person they support now receives a detailed plan and easy-to-read information about their medicines.

Another important focus of the impact report is our work on ensuring NICE quality standards are used in social care commissioning.

The NICE field team is working with the London branch of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and social care commissioners to develop a commissioning quality schedule based on NICE quality standards. As a result of this work, all 33 local authorities in London have now fully implemented the relevant NICE quality standards.

This is more evidence that implementing NICE recommendations could result in better quality of care and support to the people who need it the most. However, the Impact report also discusses areas where NICE recommendations are being overlooked.

For example, data from the National Audit of Intermediate Care shows only a 10% increase in integrated home-based intermediate care and reablement services, from 2017 to 2018.

Jigsaw pieces being slotted together

Closing the gap between intermediate care services – work to do

The above suggests that although NICE guidelines published in 2017 recommended making transfers between different intermediate care services easier as people’s needs change, there are still some services that have not prioritised integration in this way.

Intermediate care is important as it enables people to be as independent as possible and provides support and rehabilitation to people at risk of hospital admission.

NICE’s latest impact report highlights how implementation of NICE recommendations could lead to better outcomes and personalised approaches for adults accessing social care support, through the commissioning of more efficient and supportive services.

However, there are still areas for improvement, particularly in terms of how the multiple providers and funders within social care can work together for a more integrated, streamlined system which places people at its heart.

 

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