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Information and Support: Domestic Abuse

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, the following organisations may be able to help. If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999.

Childline

If you’re a child and in a situation where you may be experiencing domestic abuse, Childline can offer some advice or support via their free, 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk.

Phone: 0800 1111 Website: Childline

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge is for women experiencing domestic abuse, their family, friends and others calling on their behalf.

Phone: 0808 2000 247

The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline (Northern Ireland)

The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline (Northern Ireland) offers referral to a range of services to all women, men and children affected by domestic & sexual violence.

Phone: 0808 802 1414

Visit the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Helpline website

Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline offers telephone information and support to anyone affected by domestic abuse or forced marriage.

Phone: 0800 027 1234 (24/7)

Visit Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline website

Live Fear Free Helpline

Live Fear Free Helpline is a confidential, sign posting and information service for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence in Wales.

Phone: 0808 80 10 800 (24 hours a day)

Visit the Welsh Women's Aid website

Refuge

Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Visit the Refuge website

Women's Aid

Women's Aid provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic violence via the Survivor's Handbook and local domestic violence services.

Visit the Women's Aid website

Women's Aid Northern Ireland

Men's Advice Line

Men's Advice Line offers confidential advice for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner.

Phone: 0808 801 0327 (weekdays 9am-5pm)

Visit the Men's Advice Line website

Abused Men in Scotland

Abused Men in Scotland supports men who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.

Phone: 0808 800 0024 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-9pm)

Visit the Abused Men in Scotland website

The ManKind Initiative

The ManKind Initiative provides confidential help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.

Phone: 01823 334244 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)

Visit the ManKind Initiative website

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Violence helpline

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Violence helpline run by Galop, provides support to LGBT people suffering domestic abuse.

Phone: 0800 999 5428

Visit the galop website

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA) offer free specialist advocacy and peer support to those bereaved by a death following domestic abuse, including homicide, suicide and unexplained deaths.

Visit the AADFA website

Information from the Government

Respect Phoneline

Respect Phoneline offers confidential advice and support to help domestic violence perpetrators stop being violent and abusive to their partners or ex-partners.

Phone: 0808 802 4040

Visit the Respect Phoneline website

Victim Support

Victim Support provides emotional and practical help to victims or witnesses of any crime, whether or not it has been reported to the police.

Phone: 0808 16 89 111 (24/7)

Visit the Victim Support website

Victim Support NI

Victim Support NI offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Northern Ireland.

Phone: 028 9024 3133

Visit the Victim Support NI website

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support Scotland offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Scotland.

Phone: 0800 160 1985 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm)

Visit the Victim Support Scotland website

Related Information and Support

If you have also been affected by forced marriage or honour violence, organisations listed on our Forced marriage and honour violence support page may be able to help.

You can find current information and support for issues covered by Action Line on the BBC Action Line website.