National support services for victims of sexual violence or abuse
Click on the links below to be taken to the relevant section or download a list national support services.
- General national support services
- Domestic violence
- Rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Forced marriage
- Honour based violence including forced marriage
General national support services
In an emergency, if a crime is happening right now or someone is in immediate danger, telephone 999.
If you are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment: Textphone 18000
To report an incident of sexual violence or domestic abuse, contact your local police force. Many will have a specialist unit of trained officers to support you. You may also have a police officer based at your University who can be a first point of contact for you. For all non-emergency calls to the police in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland:
Telephone 101 (Textphone: 18001 101).
Many police forces provide online forms and information about alternative contact methods (like text messaging or e-mail) on their individual force websites: www.police.uk/contact/force-websites
National helpline for victims of any crime or for people who have been affected by a crime committed against someone they know.
Telephone: 0845 30 30 900
weekdays 9:00-20:00, weekends 9:00-19:00.
National Domestic Abuse helpline - England
A Free phone confidential 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. For women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, and people calling on their behalf. There are Translation facilities for callers whose first language is not English, and a service for deaf people.
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line
Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Telephone: 0808 801 0327
A national helpline for all men suffering from domestic abuse or violence and for their friends and family.
Supporting male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, young people who use violence and abuse at home and in relationships and men who are victims of domestic violence.
Telephone: 0808 802 4040
Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence
Confidential support to all members of LGBT communities, their family, friends and agencies supporting them. Helpline, e-mail support and online chat support.
Helpline: 0300 999 5428 (male
worker may answer)
Monday 10:00-20:00, Tue, Wed 10:00-17:00 and Thur 10:00-20:00. Trans specific service - Tuesday 13:00-17:00.
National charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. Website for victims, survivors and those seeking to help them – information about local service contact details, an online forum (24 hours a day), hundreds of pages of information including an online Survivor’s Handbook.
Rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse
Sexual Assault Referral Centres
Contact a local Sexual Assault Referral Centre for immediate medical and emotional support – find your local SARC via the NHS webpage: www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Rape-and-sexual-assault-referral-centres/LocationSearch/364
Rape Crisis Centres
Rape Crisis Centres offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where women and girls can talk freely and confidentially. Rape Crisis Centres provide a confidential helpline service for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives, as well as a range of other specialist support services.
Rape Crisis national helpline: 0808
open every day of the year 12:00-14:00 and 19:00-21:30
Find your local Rape Crisis Centre here: www.rapecrisis.org.uk/centres.php
National Stalking helpline
National helpline specialised in providing information and guidance to victims of harassment and stalking as well as their friends and family.
An information site from the Network for Surviving Stalking which contains information about stalking; safety advice and links to organisations that can help: https://www.scaredofsomeone.org/
A 24 hour confidential helpline for people who may be victims of trafficking and for anyone concerned about people they think may be victims of trafficking.
24/7 referral line: 0300 303
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
If you need advice or information about female genital mutilation or are worried about a child at risk you can contact the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) helpline. The FGM helpline is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, free from a landline
Helpline: 0800 028 3550
Daughters of Eve
Supporting, advising, advocating and empowering young people from FGM practising communities.
Forced Marriage Unit
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides information about forced marriage and can intervene to make you safe. There is a Forced Marriage Helpline which has a 24-hour response but to talk to a specialist advisor, call between 9:00-17:00 Monday-Friday
Helpline: 0207 008 0151
Honour based violence including forced marriage
National Honour Network Helpline, Monday-Friday 9:30-17:00.
Telephone: 0800 5999 247
Run by a Bristol charity, this national organisation supports girls and women in emotional distress – particularly women who harm themselves.
Text and e-mail Support, for girls and young women under 25 who self-injure. Open Monday – Friday 19:00-21:00.
National Self Harm Network
Supports individuals who self harm and their families.