Domestic Abuse Helplines - Woman and Men

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24hr Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership betweenRefuge and Women's Aid)

Freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Refuge - Recognising Abuse
Thirty-five years ago Refuge set up the world's first refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become the largest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domestic violence.

Women's Aid Federation of EnglandHelpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours) -
Emotional Abuse
For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention to abused women.

The Hideout
Website for children and young people witnessing domestic violence

Live Fear Free
- Types of Domestic Abuse
Helpline: 0808 80 10 800
The helpline provides a bilingual free and confidential information and support service for women, children and men in Wales who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse at the hands of someone close to them.

Northern Ireland Women’s Aid Federation
25hr Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414
Women’s Aid provides a wide range of services to women and children affected by domestic violence throughout Northern Ireland. We offer a safe place to stay in refugesor outreach support for those remaining at home. Children’s physical andemotional needs are met through many types of support.

Victim Support Helpline
Helpline: 0808
Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to7pm

Broken Rainbow
Helpline: 0300 999 5428Freephone: 0800 999 5428
Our National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT)Domestic Violence Helpline provides confidential support to all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them. The helpline is run by trained LGBT people and provides a space where you can talk through what is going on, and explore your options.

Southall Black Sisters
Helpline: 0208 571 0800
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, Southall Black Sisters can help with practical help and advice. Our holistic service aims to help women and children escape violence and abuse (including forced marriage and honour crimes) and deal with a range of inter related problems. Southall Black Sisters is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian andAfrican-Caribbean) and minority ethnic women. For more than three decades we have been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender violence locally and nationally.

FCO Forced Marriage Unit

Helpline: 020 7008 0151 (or 0044 20 7008 0151 if youare overseas)
Our Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is dedicated both to preventing British nationals being forced into marriage overseas and to assisting anyone in the UK faced with the prospect of being forced into a marriage. If you are worried that you might be forced into a marriage or are worried about someone else who may be you should contact us.

Sharan Project (South Asian Women Help& Support)Information Line:
0844 504 3231
There are many reasons which lead ethnic minority women, particularly of South Asian origin, to leave home forcefully or voluntarily. Issues such as cultural conflict, familybreakdown, disownment, forced marriage and or intercourse, domestic and orhonour- based violence (real and perceived), as well as many factors can leadwomen to seek information and practical assistance. The SHARAN Project is designed to empower,educate and inspire women who want to actively learn more about the support andchoices that are available to them, to provide them with the tools to lead lifeon their own terms.

Honour Network - Karma Nirvana
Helpline: 0800 599 9247
Karma Nirvana is a registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse.We are your listening ear inconfidence and many of us have the experience of forced marriage and issuesrelated to honour based abuse. We are here for you when you’re at home or whenyou leave and will talk over the phone wherever you are. One of our key principlesis that we never talk to or engage with your family. Our commitment and loyaltyis to you and as we understand the fears when family members become involved.

Iranian & Kurdish Women’sRights Organisation
Helpline: Mon to Fri9.30-5.30 0207 920 6460
Emergency numbers 24 hrs
Kurdish / Arabic 07846 275246
Farsi / Dari / Turkish 07846 310157
The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation provides advice and support to Middle Eastern women and girls living in the UK who are facing ‘honour’ based violence, domestic abuse, forced marriage or female genital mutilation.

Ashiana Project(London)
Helpline: 020 8539 0427
We believe everyone has the right to live a life free of oppression, fear and violence. We are a charitable organisation basedin London, to help women from the Asian,Turkish & Iranian community get help when they need it. We are here tooffer our help support and guidance to Women in need. We offerconfidential and culturally specific advice, support and information to ourclients. Our aim is to empower the women and young people who use our services so that they are able to make informed choices and decisions about their future.

Helpline: 0114255 5740

Ashiana Sheffield has been in existence as an organisation since 1981 and currently provides refuge accommodation and floating/outreach support services to Black, Asian, MinorityEthnic and Refugee (BAMER) women, children and young people who are survivors of partner and family abuse, including forced marriages and honour-based violence, or who have been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and/or domestic servitude. We offer confidential and culturally specific advice, support and information to our clients.

Hemat GryffeWomen's Aid (Glasgow)
Helpline: 0141 353 0859
Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid are women from various backgrounds who are concerned about violence against women, children and young people. We have multi-lingual employees and volunteers. We provide culturallysensitive counselling and recognise that women, children and young people fromthe black and minority ethnic community experiencing domestic abuse may bereluctant to seek help from mainstream services such as Hemat Gryffe Womens Aidor social services due to cultural beliefs.

Shakti Women's Aid (Edinburgh)
Helpline: 0131 475 2399
Shakti Women’s Aid is an organisation based inEdinburgh, working since 1986 to offer support, advocacy and information to all black / minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse from partners / husbands, ex-partners and other family members.
If you think you or someone you know might be suffering from domestic abuse, you can contact us for help.

Freedom Charity
24/7 Helpline: 0845 607 0133
We aim to empower young people to feel they have the tool sand confidence to support each other and have practical ways in which they can help their best friend around the issues of family relationships which can lead to early and forced marriage and dishonour based violence. The Help-line and Textline (text ‘4freedom’to 88802) are manned by trained professionals to help victims of forcedmarriage and their friends who are seeking help, support and advice.

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Thanks to 'Alcohol Concern' for their help with today's show.

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