Domestic violence Below is a list of organisations that may be of help if your family is dealing with domestic violence. For women National Domestic Violence Helpline:Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)Email: [email protected]Website: www.refuge.org.uk The freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their families, friends and colleagues, and others calling on their behalf. The helpline provides confidential support, help and information and can help women find safe emergency accommodation in refuges across the UK. There are translation facilities if your first language is not English. The Helpline also offers BT Typetalk for callers with hearing difficulties. Women’s AidHelpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)Email: [email protected]Website: www.womensaid.org.uk This website provides a wide choice of resources to help women and young people. This includes The Survivor’s Handbook which provides a range of information including your legal rights, housing options and tips on how to create a safety plan. It is available in 11 languages and in audio. Womens’ Aid also has a website www.thehideout.org.uk which offers support to children and teenagers who may be living in a home affected by domestic violence, or who may be in a violent relationship themselves. Rights of Women (England and Wales) Family law advice line: 020 7251 6577 (England and Wales) Tues-Thurs 7pm-9pm, Friday 12 noon-2pm; 020 7608 1137 (London) Mon 11am-1pm, Tues-Thurs 2pm-4pm For advice on family law issues including domestic violence and abuse, relationship breakdown and issues relating to children. Criminal law advice line: 020 7251 8887 Tuesday 11am-1pm For advice on criminal law issues including sexual offences, domestic violence, reporting offences to the police and the criminal justice system. Website: www.rightsofwomen.org.uk Rights of Women is a voluntary organisation offering confidential legal advice to women. Rights of Women produces free information sheets on legal issues which can be downloaded from their website. For men Men’s Advice LineHelpline: 0808 801 0327 Monday - Friday 9am-5pmEmail: [email protected]Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. This includes all men, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. They offer emotional support, practical advice, and information on a wide range of services for further help and support. ManKind InitiativeHelpline: 01823 334 244 Monday - Friday 10am - 4pmWebsite: www.mankind.org.uk The ManKind Initiative is a charity offering help, emotional support and practical information to all men who are victims of domestic abuse or violence. Survivors UK LtdE-mail: [email protected]Website: www.survivorsuk.org Survivors UK offers a range of support services, including counselling and therapy appointments as well as web and SMS chat, for men who have been victims of rape or sexual abuse. For women and men Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Helpline: 0808 802 1414 (24 hours)Website: www.womensaidni.org The helpline is open to anyone affected by domestic violence in Northern Ireland, regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, age and ethnicity. Live Fear FreeHelpline: 0808 80 10 800 (24 hours)Website: www.livefearfree.gov.wales Welsh government website providing information and advice for those suffering with domestic violence, sexual violence and other forms of violence against women. The Live Fear Free Helpline is run by Welsh Women’s Aid. National Centre for Domestic ViolenceFreephone: 0800 970 20 70Text: NCDV to 60777, they will call you backWebsite: www.ncdv.org.uk The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) offers a free service to men and women, to help you get an emergency injunction if you’re experiencing domestic violence. If you are eligible for legal aid, a solicitor will provide you with publicly funded legal representation. If you can’t get legal aid, NCDV will allocate you a McKenzie Friend – a trained, experienced caseworker who can prepare the injunction application on your behalf and (in most circumstances) assist you at court. Respect Helpline: 0808 802 4040 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pmEmail: [email protected]Website: www.respectphoneline.org.uk Confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Respect offers information and advice to support perpetrators to stop their violence and change their abusive behaviour. Action on Elder AbuseHelpline: 0808 808 8141 Monday-Friday 9am-5pmWebsite: www.elderabuse.org.uk The helpline provides confidential advice, support and information to older people who are suffering from violence or abuse and to others who are concerned about or have witnessed abuse. National Stalking HelplineHelpline: 0808 802 0300 9.30am – 4pm weekdays (except Wednesday 1-4pm)Email: [email protected]Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org The National Stalking Helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by stalking. Forced Marriage UnitHelpline: 020 7008 0151Email: [email protected] Trained professionals offer confidential advice and assistance to those who have been forced into marriage or are at risk of being forced into marriage, and to people worried about friends or relatives. GALOPHelpline: 0300 999 5428 Mon & Thurs 10am-8pm, Tues & Weds 10am-5pmEmail: [email protected]Website: www.galop.org.uk Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.