Below is a list of helpline numbers where you can talk to someone about abuse that might be happening in your home. In an emergency, please ring the police on 999 for immediate help.
Childline – 0800 1111
Free, 24-hour telephone helpline for children and young people anywhere in the UK. Trained counsellors offer comfort, support, advice and protection. Calls to Childline are confidential, and are free even from mobiles. Calls don’t show up on phone bills. If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulties with speech, you can use their textphone service on 0800 400 222 (not available at night). You can also look at their website: www.childline.org.uk.
Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
This helpline service provides support, information and a listening ear to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. It also helps women and children find a place of safety in a women’s refuge. (The National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge.)
Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 (UK)
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Muslim Women’s Helpline – 020 8904 8193 or 020 8908 6715
The Muslim Women’s Helpline aims to provide any Muslim girl or woman in a crisis with a free, confidential listening service and referral to Islamic consultants, plus practical help and information where required.
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000
If you’re worried about a child’s safety or if you need help or advice, ring the NSPCC helpline or email them.
Websites for children and young people
Australian site for young people experiencing abuse.
US site. Aims to empower and educate youth to live a life free from dating and domestic abuse.
Australian site. When Love Hurts is a guide for girls on love, respect and abuse in relationships.
Mentoring site where users can give and receive confidential advice.
Women’s Aid takes no responsibility for the contents of linked websites and links should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. Women’s Aid has no control over the availability of the linked pages.