Domestic violence and abuse

More help and advice

Information sites and charities

  • Metropolitan Police - Community Safety Units

    Find out about what we, the Metropolitan Police Service, are doing about domestic abuse - and how you can report it.

    Metropolitan Police – Community Safety Units
  • The Hideout

    Women's Aid created this site to help young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

    The Hideout
  • Support Line - Domestic Violence

    Lots of information and useful links for all types of people who are affected by domestic violence in different ways.

    Support Line - Domestic Violence
  • Forced Marriage Unit

    The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is a joint-initiative between the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Home Office. If you are worried you might be forced into marriage or are worried about a friend or relative the number to call is 0207 008 0151.

  • This Is Abuse

    A DirectGov site with information and videos about different types of abuse in relationships.

    This Is Abuse
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline

    If you are experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, this is a free 24 hour helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge - 0808 2000 247.

  • Refuge

    Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

  • Women's Aid

    Women's Aid is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

    Women's Aid
  • Southall Black Sisters

    A London-based charity that has been set up to help black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women who have been affected by domestic violence, forced marriage and honour crimes within black and minority communities.

    Southall Black Sisters

    Support for Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish speaking women, girls and couples.

  • Imkaan

    Imkaan is a national charity which specialises in domestic violence and is dedicated to helping women from the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities.


Other support

  • ChildLine

    ChildLine is the free helpline and online service for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call 0800 1111 or visit to talk to a trained counsellor about any problem, or talk to other young people on the message boards.

  • Victim Support

    Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime right across England and Wales. Their services are free of charge and confidential. Call the support line on 0845 30 30 900.

    Victim Support
  • ChildLine - Physical Abuse

    Watch ChildLine's videos about physical abuse and other issues that affect young people on their YouTube channel.

  • ChildLine - Emotional Abuse

    Watch ChildLine's videos about emotional abuse and other issues that affect young people on their YouTube channel.


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