Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault

Information on accessing help

As part of the Home Office campaign to tackle violence against women and girls, it has launched the Enough website to provide information on the steps people can take to safely challenge violence against women and girls. The website, which also includes campaign material and where to get help and support, is available here.

Sexual assault referral centres (SARC’s) offer medical, practical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped sexually assaulted or abused. They have specially trained doctors, nurses and support workers who provide a safe space and dedicated care. Help is available 24 hours a day for everyone, whether the incident was recent or non-recent. Individuals can contact their nearest SARC to make an appointment. Further information is available at

Following the SARC campaign NHS England ran last year, you can still use the associated assets, which are available on the Department of Health and Social Care campaign resource website (you will need to register for access).

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line and online chat is a government funded service run by Rape Crisis England and Wales. The Support Line, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for victims and survivors of any gender, can be reached by dialling 0808 500 2222.

Women’s Aid
We’re working together against domestic abuse until women and children are safe. Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.
Domestic abuse: how to get help – GOV.UK
Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse: how to get help – GOV.UK (

Galop is the UK’s LGBT+ anti-abuse charity. We work with and for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence.

Galop works directly with thousands of LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence every year. We specialise in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, so-called conversion therapies, and other forms of interpersonal abuse. We are a service run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people, and the needs of our community are at the centre of what we do. If you or someone you know needs help, Galop is here for you. There are many ways we can support you.

Visit the site here to access help, or call the helpline on 0800 999 542 Monday – Thursday, 10am to 8:30pmFriday, 10am to 4:30pm .

All forms of domestic abuse are not acceptable in any situation.

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and feel frightened of, or controlled by, a partner, an ex-partner or family member, it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help.

It may seem like a difficult step to take, but there is support available and #YouAreNot Alone.

Free, confidential support and advice is available to victims and their concerned family members or friends, 24 hours a day.

Nation Helpline Contact
England Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Online live chat
Web form
Northern Ireland Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline 0808 802 1414
Online live chat
Scotland Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 0800 027 1234
Online live chat
Wales Live Fear Free 0808 80 10 800
Online live chat
UK-wide The Men’s Advice Line run by Respect is a confidential helpline specifically for male victims. 0808 801 0327


If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find out how to call the police when you can’t speak

For free, confidential advice, 24 hours a day contact a domestic abuse helpline.

Household isolation instructions do not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

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