External Support

Sexual Violence: 
  • National Female Genital Mutilation Centre: the National FGM Centre’s Vision is to keep children and young people safe from FGM and other Harmful Practices, including ending new cases of FGM by 2030. 
  • First Person Plural: survivor led association for survivors of trauma and abuse who experience dissociative distress, offers support and information to survivors, families and friends through a newsletter (subs £7/£10), optional contact list and meetings for survivors for members only. 
  • Live Fear Free: 24hr support for victims of domestic violence and sexual violence.
  • Rape Crisis England and Wales: see website for list of rape crisis centres. Also information and practical advice.
  • Rape Crisis Live Chat Helpline: the Live Chat Helpline is a free, anonymous, confidential service. Women and girls aged 16+ who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or any form or sexual violence can access the helpline to get emotional support online. It is open various times Monday-Friday, see link for details.
  • Rape Crisis Network Europe: RCNE is the network of European rape crisis centres.  We aim to make sure that anyone who experiences sexual violence can get the help they need.  We are active in influencing policy, standards and legislation through European governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 
  • Respond: helpline, counselling and psychotherapy for children, adults and elders with learning difficulties who are either victims or perpetrators of sexual abuse.
  • Safeline: is a specialised charity working to prevent sexual abuse and to support those affected in their recovery.
    Male Helpline: 0808 800 5005
    General Helpline: 0808 800 5008
    Young people’s Helpline: 0808 800 5007
  • The Survivors Trust: rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status.  Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report. 
  • Women Against Rape: this is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

Domestic Violence and Abuse: 
  • Aanchal: 24 hour telephone helpline and services for Asian women who have experienced domestic violence, emotional support, group work and counseling. 
  • Aquarius: is a unique charity based in the West Midlands that has over 40 years' experience supporting individuals, families, organisations and communities to overcome the physical, emotional and psychological harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling.
  • Hollie Guard: the Hollie Guard was developed by the Hollie Gazzard Trust which helps to reduce domestic abuse. The Hollie Guard turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. In danger? Status your phone or tap the screen to generate an alert. Your location and audio/video evidence will automatically be sent to your emergency contacts who can take action to help you quickly.
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
    Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, this is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone, wherever the caller might be in the country. Also visit www.womensaid.org.uk to access the Survivor's Handbook for further advice on housing, legal issues and making a safety plan.
  • Rights of Women: run Advice lines on Criminal and Family Law. 
  • The Freedom Programme: a 12 week rolling programme for women who wish to learn about the reality of domestic violence and abuse. Help women to gain self esteem and confidence to improve the quality of their lives. Programmes are fun at different locations throughout the country.
  • The Money Advice Service: helps people manage their money by free, unbiased, independent advice. Independent service set up by government.
  • Women's Aid: is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year.  We work to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country. 

Male Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse Victim-Survivors:
  • Mankind UK: male rape support and resource service for men who have been sexually abused, assaulted, raped. National UK charity based in East Sussex offering telephone helpline, counselling and support, one to one, groups and support for partners and families.
  • Male Survivors Trust: support and information to adult male survivors of child sexual abuse and adult rape, includes male survivors forum.
  • Survivors UK: helps male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault/rape. Helpline is now delivered online, by text or by email only.
  • Victim Support Male Abuse Helpline: 0800 328 3623 - Helpline for male victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse 

Online Sexual Misconduct: 
  • Revenge Porn Helpline: a free resource full of useful information for victims of revenge porn, information about what the law says, what can be done to limit its effects and help from organisations such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with links to various resources and support agencies. 

Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships:

Stalking: 
  • Action Against Stalking: umbrella organisation championing the rights of stalking victims across the UK and across the globe.
  • Paladin - National Stalking Advocacy Service: helpline provides advice to victims of stalking and advocacy to high risk victims of stalking, raises awareness of dangers and risks of stalking, develops a victim's network of support as well as providing training to professionals and campaigning. 
  • Protection Against Stalking: the vision of this organisation is to change society's perception of stalking and to improve the safety for all victims of stalking and harassment and for perpetrators to be held to account by the Criminal Justice system. 
  • Report a Stalker: information and advice on how to report a stalker. 
  • Scaredofsomeone.org: information about stalking and staying safe and includes a national consultation questionnaire. 
  • The National Stalking Helpline: Practical advice and information to anyone who is currently or previously been effected by harassment or stalking.
  • Victim Supportline: helpline for anyone affected by crime. 

Specialist Support Services

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