Useful Links

OWLS Group
OWLS is a funded support group for women and children that have suffered, or are suffering, from Domestic Abuse. We enable and support women and their children to resettle successfully into the community after leaving temporary accommodation

http://owlsgroup.myfreesites.net/

National Domestic Violence helpline

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a freephone 24 hour helpline which provides advice and support to women and can refer them to emergency accommodation.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid.

There are translation facilities if your first language is not English. The Helpline also offers BT Type talk for callers with hearing difficulties. The Helpline worker contacts the Type talk operator so that the caller can communicate through them.

Telephone: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk (you will receive a response within 3 working days)
Website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk


Refuge

This national helpline offers advice and support to women experiencing domestic violence. Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation through a network of refuges throughout the UK. It also provides culturally-specific services for women from different minority ethnic communities and cultures. Their website has links to specialist organisations, including specialist organisations for refugees. It includes some information for men who are either being abused or who are abusers.

Telephone: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Email: info@refuge.org.uk
Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Women's Aid

The Women's Aid website provides a wide range of resources to help women and young people.

This includes The Survivor's Handbook PDF which provides a range of information including legal and housing advice, tips on how to create a safety plan and advice for people with specialist housing needs. It's available in 11 languages and in audio. 

They also run a website to support to children and teenagers who may be living in a home affected by domestic violence, or who may be in a violent relationship themselves.

Telephone: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk
Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Rights of Women

Rights of Women offers confidential legal advice on domestic and sexual violence. They produce free information sheets which can be downloaded from their website - www.rightsofwomen.org.uk.

Family law advice line: 020 7251 6577 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7pm-9pm; Friday 12 noon-2pm)

Criminal law advice line: 020 7251 8887 (Tuesday 11am-1pm)

Immigration and asylum law advice line: 020 7490 7689 (Monday 12 noon-3pm; Thursday 10am-1pm)

Textphone advice line: 020 7490 2562 (on the days and times above)

Administration: 020 7251 6575
Fax: 020 7490 5377
E-mail: info@row.org.uk
Website: www.rightsofwomen.org.uk

Organisations for men

Men's Advice Line

The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This includes all men, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. They provide emotional support and practical advice, and can give you details of specialist services that can give you advice on legal, housing, child contact, mental health and other issues.

Helpline: 0808 801 0327
The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

ManKind Initiative

The ManKind Initiative is a charity offering information and support to men who are victims of domestic abuse or violence. This can include information and support on reporting incidents, police procedures, housing, benefits and injunctions. They can refer you to a refuge, local authority or other support service where this is appropriate for you.

Telephone: 01823 334 244
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm (except Friday evenings)
Email: admin@mankind.org.uk
Website: www.mankind.org.uk

Survivors UK Ltd

This is a national helpline for men who have been victims of rape or sexual abuse. The helpline may be able to arrange counselling or a support group if you live in the London area. If you live outside London, they may be able to provide details of an appropriate service outside the London area.

Telephone: 0845 122 1201
Open Monday and Tuesday, 7pm to 9.30pm, Thursday 12 noon to 2.30pm
Admin: 0203 598 3898 (Monday to Friday,  9.30am to 4.30pm)
E-mail: info@survivorsuk.org
Website: www.survivorsuk.org

Everyman Project


The Everyman Project offers counselling to men in the London area who want to change their violent or abusive behaviour. It also has a national helpline which offers advice to anyone worried about their own, or someone else's, violent or abusive behaviour.

Helpline: 0207 263 8884 
Open Tuesday 6.30pm to 9pm and Wednesday 6.30pm to 9pm

E-mail: everymanproject@btopenworld.com
Website: www.everymanproject.co.uk.