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In an emergency call 999
If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member or your own behaviour, it is an emergency.
We know all forms of trauma can impact upon people’s mental wellbeing and this is a particular issue for those who are experiencing or have experienced any form of violence against women, domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse (VAWDASV).
Research also shows that people with mental health needs are more likely to have experienced each type of abuse, especially sexual abuse.
All forms of VAWDASV are fundamental breaches of human rights committed against women, men, and children. Every year lives are damaged needlessly.
What to do if you are concerned about yourself, a friend or family member and/or if you’re worried about your own behaviour.
Helplines and organisations to help victims of abuse
If you, a family member a friend, or someone you are concerned about has experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, you can contact one of the organisations below. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.
Live Fear Free
Get in touch with Live Fear Free advisors free of charge by phone, online chat, text or email.
Live Fear Free can provide help and advice to:
anyone experiencing domestic abuse
anyone who knows someone who needs help. For example, a friend, family member or colleague
Childline – for children and young people under 19
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
Call on 0800 1111 – the number will not show up on your phone bill. Support can be accessed online here by making an account.
Support available 24/7. BSL available Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat 8am-1pm. Welsh speaker available on request, appointment will be scheduled.