Last updated:
30 October 2017

National support for people who are being abused

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

1 Galop

Galop are the leading LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. They give advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. 

2 Lifecentre

Lifecentre supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse, irrespective of gender.

If you are a survivor or want help in supporting someone, use its helplines to talk through any aspect of what you have gone through and how it is affecting you.

You can also see one of its specialist counsellors for up to 18 sessions in one of its confidential venues in Chichester, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor or Crawley.

3 Men's Advice Helpline

The national Men’s Advice Helpline is a freephone helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse.

The helpline welcomes calls from men in heterosexual or same-sex relationships and provides advice to frontline workers.

4 National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)

The National Centre for Domestic Violence specialises in providing fast and effective legal support to survivors of domestic violence, usually by helping people obtain injunctions from their local county court. It also offers services to the police, probation service, domestic abuse agency workers, legal profession and judiciary.

It helps anyone, regardless of a person’s financial circumstances, sexual orientation, race, gender, age, or political or religious belief or otherwise.

Its services include:

  • a free service to everybody
  • injunctions, usually within 24 hours
  • a large framework for Legal Aid
  • solicitors throughout the country
  • Emergency Prohibitive Steps Orders
  • Emergency Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders
  • an in-house process, serving and tracking
  • direct links to local authorities, health centres, refuges, Women's Aid Centres and other services.

5 Refuge

Refuge offers a range of services to support women and children experiencing domestic violence, including a free 24-hour helpline.

6 Respect

Respect is an information and advice line for people who are concerned about their abusive and/or violent behaviour.

Although often the perpetrators are men in heterosexual relationships, Respect also takes calls from female perpetrators as well as those in same-sex relationships.

It is open Monday - Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and is free from landlines and most mobiles.

7 Rights of Women

Rights of Women is a women’s voluntary organisation offering women information about their legal rights.

On its website you can find a wide range of advice publications covering topics like immigration status.

It also offers advice helplines.

8 Samaritans

The Samaritans provide 24-hour confidential non-judgmental emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.

9 Women's Aid

Women’s Aid works to end violence against women and children and supports over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

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