Thank you for sharing your stories and for giving these issues the attention they deserve. We understand how difficult is is to share and how triggering such testimonies can be. Links to some of the relevant helplines can be found below.
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.
If you’re experiencing abuse, they’re there to help.
Rape Crisis UK
Rape Crisis England & Wales is the umbrella body for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres.
All their member Centres provide specialist support and services for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
The Havens (sexual abuse support for those in London)
The Haven service offers mental health crisis support to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven, alongside the Sanctuary, a night-time mental health service, based at Mind in Bradford. A referral to Haven can be made by contacting the First Response service on 01274 221 181.
Galop (LGBT+ abuse support)
Galop supports all LGBT+ people who’ve experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence. They also with people 25 and under who live in London. If you have experienced violence or abuse and you are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, and identify as LGBT+ this service is designed for you.
In addition, Galop has a dedicated Trans Advocacy Service which can offer confidential advice and support by telephone, email or face-to-face for people who have experienced violence, abuse or transphobia.
Survivors UK (sexual abuse support for men)
An estimated 12,000 men are raped in the UK every year, and more than 70,000 are sexually abused or assaulted.
At Survivors UK, they know male sexual abuse has profound effects on those who experience it and can deeply affect their mental health and relationships.
But we are here to help sexually abused men as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened, and challenge the silence and attitudes.
Chinese Information and Advice Centre (for Chinese men and women)
The aims of CIAC are to:
- support disadvantage persons of Chinese origin who live, work or study in London through the provision of information and assistance on issues such as immigration and domestic violence from our centre and our ancillary network of organisations
- help eliminate racial discrimination and promote improved race relations in the UK
- advocate for the equal opportunities for social and working conditions for persons of Chinese origin
Southall Black Sisters (abuse support for black women)
We are a group of black and minority women with years of experience of struggling for women’s human rights in the UK. Although based locally, our work has a national reach.
Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit, secular and inclusive organisation, was established in 1979 to meet the needs of Black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. Our aims are to highlight and challenge all forms gender-related violence against women, empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.
For more than three decades we have been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender-related violence locally and nationally, and have campaigned for the provision of proper and accountable support services to enable women and their children to escape violent relationships and live in dignity.
We run an; advice, advocacy and resource centre in West London which provides a comprehensive service to women experiencing violence and abuse and other forms of inequality. We offer specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy, counselling and self-help support services in several community languages, especially South Asian languages. Whilst our focus is on the needs of black and minority women, we will not turn any woman away who needs emergency help.
Samaritans are here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
The organisation is not only for the moment of crisis; they’re also taking action to prevent the crisis.
They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others and they encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.
They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.