Support for women experiencing violence and abuse

National Domestic Abuse Helpline  

Refuge are running a 24h National Domestic Abuse Helpline which is free and confidential.  

Women’s Aid 

Women’s Aid  have developed additional advice specifically designed for the current coronavirus outbreak. You can also find your local domestic abuse service on their website.  Support helplines are also available in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Wales - Live Fear Free (24 hour) Helpline  

In Wales, contact the 24-hour Live Fear Free Helpline:

Scotland-Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline  

In Scotland, contact Scotland’s 24-hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline:

Northern Ireland - Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline 

In Northern Ireland contact the 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Violence helpline:

LGBT+ Specialist Services

Galop runs the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse specialist helpline.

Black specialist services


Imkaan is a women’s organisation addressing violence against black and minority women and girls.

Karma Nirvana  

Supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) 

Advocacy, information and support for migrant women provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese:

Southall Black Sisters 

Southall Black Sisters offer specialist support, advocacy and information to Asian and Afro-Caribbean women suffering abuse.

Disability specialist services 

These services are run by deaf and/or disabled people.

Stay Safe East 

Stay Safe East provides specialist and holistic advocacy and support services to disabled victims and survivors of abuse.

SignHealth provides domestic abuse service support for deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL).

Other services


Hestia provides a free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.


Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages about identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.

Respect helpline 

Respect is a helpline that has been set up for anyone worried about their own behaviour. If you are worried about hurting the ones you love while staying at home, call the Respect Phoneline for support.

For more advice and guidance on domestic abuse, please see Domestic abuse: how to get help.

Further support

The NEU has produced factsheets on a range of support services for children and young people, parents and carers.

Note: The NEU uses Black in a political context to encompass “all members who self-identify as Black, Asian and any other minority ethnic groups who do not identify themselves as white“.