National support for people who are being abused

Find national organisations that can provide support and information for domestic abuse victims.

The organisations listed below offer advice and support to anyone who is in an abusive relationship.

  • Ask for ANI - ANI (Action Needed Immediately) is a codeword scheme developed by the Home Office to provide a discreet way for victims of domestic abuse to signal that they need emergency help from the safety of their local pharmacy.
  • Galop - An LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity, giving advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. 
  • Lifecentre - Supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse, irrespective of gender or age.
  • Men’s Advice Line - A freephone helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse, whether in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, and frontline workers.
  • National Centre for Domestic Violence - Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Refuge - Offers a range of services to support women and children experiencing domestic violence, including a free, 24-hour helpline.
  • Respect - An information and advice line for anyone concerned about their abusive and/or violent behaviour.
  • Rights of Women - A voluntary organisation offering women information about their legal rights.
  • Samaritans - 24-hour, confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
  • Women’s Aid - Works to end violence against women and children and supports over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.
Last updated:
2 November 2022
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