Many of us experience abuse within relationships and reaching out can be difficult. Here are some domestic abuse support helplines in the UK
- You are not alone
- You are not to blame
If you are in immediate danger dial 999
If you need to access domestic abuse support, you can call:
National Domestic Abuse 24hr Helpline – 0808 2000 247 – www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ (run by Refuge)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect)
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
Women’s Aid have a chat service, survivors handbook and information if you are worried about someone you love or your children.
Welsh Women’s Aid call 24/7 on 0808 80 10 800 They also have a chat service.
Women’s Aid Scotland – Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline remains fully operational during the coronavirus pandemic. Call 24/7 on 0800 027 1234
Southall Black Sisters
Domestic violence resource centre for Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean women
A space for African heritage women & girls who’ve experienced domestic or sexual abuse or who have lost a loved one to domestic violence.
Chinese Information and Advice Centre
Provides support and information for Chinese people living in the UK. Also runs Sunflower Support Programme for children and teenagers affected by domestic violence.
Jewish Women’s Aid
Provides refuge and/or support to Jewish women and their children affected by domestic abuse.
Muslim Community Helpline
Telephone counselling service for Muslim men and women
Muslim Women’s Network
A specialist faith and culturally sensitive service for those facing or at risk of abuse
Nour Domestic Violence
Provides Islamic support and advice and raises awareness
Latin American Women’s Aid
Provides nationally available services and the only refuge for Latin American women in the UK
Support for refugees and asylum seekers
Services for refugees and asylum seekers; including children’s services, integration services and information on voluntary returns.
How to call the police when you can’t speak
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and, if you can, respond by coughing or tapping on the handset.
Call 999 from a mobile
If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police. Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.
Call 999 from a landline
If the operator can only hear background noise and cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, you will be connected to a police call handler.
If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick up again.
When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.
If you are deaf or can’t use a phone
You can register with the emergencySMS. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.