Information and Support
If you or someone you know have been affected by the issues raised in Murdered by My Boyfriend, first broadcast on BBC Three on Monday 23 June 2014, the following organisations may be able to help:
Women's Aid is a domestic violence charity which helps up to 250,000 women and children every year.
If you need information or support, you can go to the Women's Aid site to find details of local domestic violence services or read the Survivor's Handbook which provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic violence.
Or you can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline (run by Women's Aid and Refuge) on 0808 2000 247.
The Hideout is a website created by Women’s Aid to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse and how to take positive action if it's happening to them.
Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
Refuge provides services for children and community based outreach services for women. It also has a growing team of independent domestic violence advocates and runs the Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline in partnership with Women’s Aid.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
National Centre for Domestic Violence
The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Its service allows anyone to apply for an injunction within 24 hours of first contact (in most circumstances). It works in close partnership with the police, local firms of solicitors and other support agencies (such as Refuge and Women’s Aid) to help survivors obtain speedy protection.
Helpline: 0844 8044 999
Text: “NCDV” to 60777
The ManKind Initiative
The ManKind Initiative is a national charity that provides confidential help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
Helpline: 01823 334244 (weekdays 10am-4pm & 7pm-9pm)
Men's Advice Line
Men's Advice Line offers confidential advice for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner. It offers emotional support; provide practical advice and signposting to other services for specialist help.
Helpline: 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am-5pm)
Respect Phoneline provides confidential information and advice for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. They offer information and advice to help domestic violence perpetrators stop being violent or abusive.
Phoneline: 0808 802 4040
All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline
The All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline is a confidential, freephone sign posting and information service for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence or wanting more information on available support services.
You can call 0808 80 10 800, 24 hours a day, email on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline site.
Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland
Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland offers a range of specialist services to anyone (men, women and children) who has experienced domestic violence.
If you are being abused, physically, sexually, financially or emotionally, you can contact the 24 hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline for initial support and to consider the options which are available to you.
Scottish Women's Aid
Scottish Women's Aid is a lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse.
An important aspect of its work is ensuring that women and children with experience of domestic abuse get the services they need, both from local Women’s Aid groups and from the agencies they are likely to contact.
Its members are local Women’s Aid groups that provide specialist services to women, children and young people. These include safe refuge accommodation, information and support.
If you are a woman who needs support, please visit the Scottish Women's Aid website for the contact details and opening hours of your nearest Women’s Aid group. You can also call the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline to be referred to a local service.
Helpline: on 0800 027 1234 (24 hrs)
If you are in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.
24 Hour Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline
If you’re based in Scotland, male or female, and you need to talk to someone in confidence, you can call the 24 hour Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline.
The freephone number does not appear on itemised phone bills and it can put you in touch with local services for ongoing help and support.
Helpline: 0800 027 1234
If you are in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.
Police Scotland: On Line / Remote Reporting of Domestic Abuse
On Line / Remote reporting offers victims or witnesses to domestic abuse, or any person who has concerns for a victim of domestic abuse, the opportunity to report incidents 'on line' in the privacy of their own homes or at a remote reporting site, in a confidential and supportive environment. You can remain anonymous if you wish. On receipt of this report, Police Scotland will:
• Ensure the safety and wellbeing of victims, their families and any other person present.
• Conduct a thorough investigation of all incidents, securing all available evidence and take appropriate action.
• Actively pursue offenders so they can be held accountable through the criminal justice system.
There are currently 62 remote reporting sites available in Scotland with more being added on a regular basis. They are and will be available in multi-cultural centres to aid victims, families or concerned people who may not speak English as a first language.
Abused Men in Scotland
Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) is a national organisation dedicated to supporting men who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. It welcomes calls from men in need of support or advice, as well as from men and women seeking help for male friends or relatives.
Helpline: 0808 800 0024 (12noon-3pm Mon, Wed, Fri; 7pm-10pm Sun, Tue, Thu)
Support after Murder and Manslaughter
Support after Murder and Manslaughter offers understanding and support to families and friends who have been bereaved as a result of murder or manslaughter, through the mutual support of others who have suffered a similar tragedy.
Confidential helpline: 0845 8723440
If you’ve been a victim or witness of any crime you can get emotional and practical help from Victim Support, whether or not it has been reported to the police.
Phone: 0845 30 30 900
Victim Support Scotland
Victim Support Scotland offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Scotland.
Supportline: 0845 603 9213
Victim Support NI
Victim Support NI offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Northern Ireland.
Phone: 028 9024 4039 or Victim Support Line: 0845 30 30 900
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