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Support numbers

In an emergency dial 999

Police (non emergency) 101

For local numbers, see the Buckinghamshire, Havering, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire information and advice pages.

Victim support: 0808 168 9111
Confidential service providing practical and emotional support

New telephone number for the Victim Assessment Referral Centre - 0808 168 9274 – a ‘free to caller’ number

National Centre for Domestic Violence: 0844 8044 999
The National Centre for Domestic Violence provides a free service to everybody, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status.

Rape Crisis: 0808 802 9999
Help for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. Some local Rape Crisis organisations also provide services to men and boys; if they don't then they will be able to provide details of other relevant local support organisations.

Karma Nivanva and the Honour Network: Tel: 0800 5999 247
Karma Nirvana supports male and female victims of honour crimes and forced marriages. Its staff and most of its 18 volunteers are survivors of forced marriage and 'honour'-based violence.

Relate: 0300 100 1234
Can offer counselling to individuals who are in or have left a violent relationship.

Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
Action on Elder Abuse runs the UK and Ireland's only national, freephone helpline for anyone concerned in any way about the abuse of older people.

Shelterline: 0808 800 4444
Free housing advice helpline from Shelter.

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
A confidential and free helpline service (previously known as Parentline) offering information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life.

Advice and support for female victims

National 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247 (helpline run jointly by Women's Aid and Refuge)
This is free and will not show on your home telephone bill but may appear on itemised mobile phone bill

Women's Aid: 0808 2000 247
Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

Refuge: 0808 2000 247
Refuge supports women and children through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.

Rights of Women: 020 7251 6577
Free legal, immigration and housing advice line for women by women.

Kiran Support Services: 020 8558 1986
Provides advice and support for Asian women.

Southall Black Sisters: 020 8571 0800
Advice and support for women

Iranian and Kurdish women’s rights organisation 020 7920 6460
Support for Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish speaking women, girls and couples.

Ashiana 020 8539 0427
Ashiana aims to empower South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women who are experiencing domestic violence with culturally sensitive advice, support and safe housing. It is based in London but offers telephone services nationally.

Advice and support for male victims

Survivors UK: 0845 122 1201
For over twenty years, Survivors UK has been providing information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.

The Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for men who experience violence from their partners or ex-partners.

The ManKind Initiative: 01823 334 244
Operates a confidential helpline for men who experience violence from their partners or ex-partners.

Advice and support for children

Childline: 0800 1111

Asian Child Protection Helpline: 0800 096 7719

Young People Sexual and Domestic Violence Project: 020 7874 5485

Young Minds Parenting Helpline: 0808 802 5544
Improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender helplines

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence.

London Lesbian and Gay switchboard: 0300 330 0630
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgender people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.

Helplines for disabled people

DeafHope: 07970 350366 (text) or 020 8772 3241 (voice/minicom)
DeafHope is the only sign-language based service designed to help Deaf women and children who suffer domestic violence.

Respond: 0808 808 0700
Provides advice and support to disabled people with learning difficulties who have been abused.

Stalking and Harassment

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300
Provides information, support and advice to victims of stalking and harassment.

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