Alcohol and drugs

Al-anon

support to anyone affected by someone else's drinking http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/

Alcohol Concern

national agency on problematic alcohol use http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/

Adfam

Online community for women in recovery from addiction http://www.adfam.org.uk/

She's in Recovery

supporting for families affected by drugs and alcohol http://www.shesinrecovery.com/

The Roofie Foundation

agency which deals with the issues surrounding drug rape and sexual abuse http://www.roofie.com/

Fast Forward

information on drugs and alcohol education for youth http://www.fastforward.org.uk

Legal & Welfare

Rights of Women

helping women through the law http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/legal.php

Citizens' Advice Bureau

provides free, confidential and independent advice, including advice on housing. The website has information in Welsh, Bengali, Chinese, Gujerati, Punjabi and Urdu, as well as English, and allows you to locate your nearest CAB. http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Community Legal Service

for details of Legal Aid solicitors, Citizens Advice Bureaux, law centres and independent advice centres http://www.clsdirect.org.uk/

Immigration issues

Immigration Advisory Service

community legal advice and representation for immigrants and asylum seekers. http://www.iasuk.org

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

advice, publications, lobbying, courses, etc. http://www.jcwi.org.uk

Black and minority ethnic groups

Southall Black Sisters

domestic violence resource centre for Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean women http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/

EarthWords

domestic abuse information in over 60 languages. http://www.hotpeachpages.net/lang/index.html

Hot Peach Pages

a directory of domestic abuse agencies world-wide http://www.hotpeachpages.net/

Multikulti

Information, advice, guidance and learning materials in community languages http://www.multikulti.org.uk/

Refuge Council

services for refugees and asylum seekers; including children's services, integration services and information on voluntary returns http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk

Asian - Apna Ghar

refuge and helpline service, also offers emotional counselling and group work. Languages offered are: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil, Urdu http://www.apnaghar.org/

Chinese Information and Advice Centre

provides support and information for Chinese people living in the UK. Also runs Sunflower Support Programme for children and teenagers affected by domestic violence http://www.ciac.co.uk/

Eastern European Advice Centre

offers English, Polish, and Russian languages, but works with most Eastern European nationals http://www.easteuropeanadvicecentre.org.uk/

Jewish Women's Aid

refuge and/or support to Jewish women and their children affected by domestic violence http://www.jwa.org.uk/

Muslim Community Helpline

telephone counselling service for Muslim women and men http://www.muslimcommunityhelpline.org.uk/

Turkish Cypriot Women's Project

Advice service http://www.tcwp.org.uk/

IMECE

for Turkish/Kurdish/Turkish Cypriot women http://www.imece.org.uk/en/about/

IMKAAN

Supports Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic and Refugee women. http://www.imkaan.org.uk/

children / childhood abuse

The Hideout

website created by Women's Aid giving support to children and young people affected by domestic violence http://www.thehideout.org.uk/

Children's Society

leading children's charity which provides child support with a network of children's charities across the UK www.childrenssociety.org.uk/

Childline

free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK, 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

information and advice to adults who suffered abuse and/or neglect in childhood http://www.napac.org.uk

disability

UK Disability Forum

information for disabled women about getting help to tackle violence and abuse http://www.edfwomen.org.uk/abuse.htm/

Respond

challenging vulnerability and sexual abuse in the lives of people with learning disabilities http://www.respond.org.uk

Elder abuse

Action on Elder Abuse

aims to prevent abuse in old age http://www.elderabuse.org.uk/

Domestic violence

Women's Aid

working to end domestic violence against women and children and supporting a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK http://www.womensaid.org.uk

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Survivors Forum online support

free and confidential helpline for children & young adults in the UK, 0800 1111 Survivors Forum

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

Women's Aid's Survivors Handbook is available in:

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Families and parenting

Family Rights Group

confidential advice to families whose children are involved with Social Serviceshttp://www.frg.org.uk/

Adfam

supporting for families affected by drugs and alcohol http://www.adfam.org.uk/

Parentline Plus

charity supporting parents under stress and refers to sources of local support http://familylives.org.uk/

Gingerbread

promotes the welfare of lone parents and their children http://www.gingerbread.org.uk/

Single Parent Action Network UK

working to improve the lives of one parent familes in the UK and Europe http://www.spanuk.org.uk/

Mumsnet

a website with the aim of making parents' lives easier by pooling knowledge, experience and support http://www.mumsnet.com/

Reunite

Advice and support for parents whose children have been abducted, or if they fear abduction by a former partner http://www.reunite.org

Female genital mutilation

Forward UK

Information about FGM including where it is practiced and what the consequences are http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/key-issues/fgm

Forced marriage

Forced Marriage Helpline

Karma Nirvana 0800 5999 247 http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

Forced Marriage Unit

Single point of confidential advice and assistance for those at risk of being forced into marriage overseas http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

Freedom Charity

Raising awareness of forced marriage and so called 'honour' based violence in schools and the media http://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/

Housing

Shelter

the UK's largest housing charity, gives information on housing rights, homelessness and state benefits. http://www.shelter.org.uk/

Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender

Gingerbeer

is the local area information guide for the lesbian and bisexual women's community. Find special events and listings for bars, clubs etc. www.gingerbeer.co.uk/

Broken Rainbow

helpline for LGBT people experiencing domestic violence. 0300 999 5428 http://www.broken-rainbow.org.uk

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people http://www.llgs.org.uk

Men

Survivors UK

help for men who have been sexually abused or raped http://www.survivorsuk.org/

Men's Advice Line

provides a range of services aimed primarily at men experiencing domestic abuse from their partner http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/mens_advice.php

Perpetrators

Domestic Violence Intervention Project

provides a violence prevention programme for men and a woman's support service for their partners and ex-partners http://www.dvip.org

Respect

promoting best practice for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services http://www.respect.uk.net

Mental health

Sane

improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness http://www.sane.org.uk

Mad not Bad

a space for those affected by mental ill health to share experiences, opinions and creative talents online http://www.madnotbad.co.uk

Depression Alliance

for people with depression http://www.depressionalliance.org.uk

National Self Harm Network

a forum for survivors, professionals and family http://www.nshn.co.uk/

EDAUK

Eating Disorders Association http://www.b-eat.co.uk

Money issues

Money Advice Plus

specialist debt advice for women who have been referred by a refuge or domestic violence service http://www.moneyadviceplus.com

National Debtline

information and advice on debt. Their website has an information pack, a personal budget section, factsheets, and debt advice. They have access to Language Line http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Pet fostering

Dogs trust

a free foster care service for dogs belonging to families fleeing from domestic violence http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/az/f/freedomproject

Cats Protection

http://www.cats.org.uk

Prostitution

Women's Support Project

http://www.womenssupportproject.co.uk/content/prostitution/

Prostitution Recovery

website to help people escape prostitution and recover from its long-term effects and to provide education about the effects of http://www.prostitutionrecovery.org

Stalking

Network for Surviving Stalking (NSS)

providing help, support and information for those affected by stalking and harassment. http://www.nss.org.uk

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust

practical support and personal safety guidance to reduce fear of crime and develops skills and strategies for keeping safe http://www.suzylamplugh.org

Internet Safety Zone

promotes online safety and is produced by the Cyberspace Research Unit (CRU) at the University of Central Lancashire http://www.internetsafetyzone.co.uk

Resources and Information

CWASU

Child & Woman Abuse Studies Unit, a centre for independent research, evaluation, training, consultancy and networking from a feminist perspective http://www.cwasu.org

Women's Aid

working to end domestic violence against women and children and supporting a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK http://www.womensaid.org.uk

Refuge services

Women's Aid

find your local services http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

Relative abuse

Parentline Plus

offers help and support for parents http://familylives.org.uk

Sexual violence

Rape Crisis

information, help, child abuse, legal procedures http://www.rapecrisis.co.uk

Sapphire Project

aims to improve rape investigation and victim care within the Metropolitan Police Service http://www.met.police.uk/sapphire

The Roofie Foundation

agency which deals with the issues surrounding drug rape and sexual abuse http://www.roofie.com

Respond

challenging vulnerability and sexual abuse in the lives of people with learning disabilities http://www.respond.org.uk

Trafficking

STOP

Supporting Trafficked and Oppressed People http://www.stop-uk.org

Anti-Slavery

works to end slavery and related abuse. http://www.antislavery.org

The Truth Isn't Sexy

campaign which aims to expose the truth between human trafficking and prostitution http://thetruthisntsexy.com

ECPAT UK

children's rights organisation campaigning against the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the UK http://www.ecpat.org.uk/index.html

Young people

National Youth Advocacy Service

information and advocacy service for children and young people up to 24 years. http://www.nyas.ne

Fast Forward

information on drugs and alcohol education for youth http://www.fastforward.org.uk

The Hide out

website for children and young people living with domestic violence http://www.thehideout.org.uk

Young Minds

mental health charity for young people http://www.youngminds.org.uk