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Are you experiencing violence or abuse?
If you are experiencing any form of violence, abuse or intimidation don't suffer in silence. This page has information on what to do if you are suffering any of these forms of abuse, or are concerned about someone you know or someone in your community. Men and boys can also be victims and there are services that will help them.
If you are concerned about your own abusive behaviour towards your partner or a family member you can get help. The 'Perpetrators' section contains information on these.
To search for services that can support you if you are affected by any of these crimes visit our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.
Below are some freephone helplines you can call for advice.
In an emergency always call 999.
24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Respect phone line for perpetrators: 0808 802 4040 (Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm)
The leaflet below was produced by the Home Office with Southall Black Sisters. It is aimed at women from Black and Minority Ethnic communities and provides support and advice about escaping an abusive situation. This leaflet can be downloaded in a number of different languages here.
To find out about human trafficking, including case studies, statistics and more visit Stop the Traffik.
If you have been a victim of trafficking, or you are concerned about someone else, there is help available. You can call the Salvation Army 24-hour confidential Referral Helpline on 0300 3038151 available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For a full list of the services that can support you if you have been a victim of trafficking visit our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.
To report a crime dial 101 (non-emergency) and if you believe that someone is in immediate danger always dial 999.
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
FGM is a form of child abuse. If you are concerned that a child is at risk of, or has undergone, FGM contact our Children's Services Contact Team by phoning 020 7527 7400, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm or email email@example.com
More information regarding Islington's services and contact details are available in our Islington FGM risk assessment tool.
For advice, support and training on FGM, contact:
The FGM Project
Manor Gardens Welfare Trust
6-9 Manor Gardens
London N7 6LA
In addition, there are a number of services that can support you if you are concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk of FGM, or you have already undergone FGM. To get more information search for ‘FGM’ in our domestic and sexual violence service directory.
The NSPCC has a 24 hour helpline to provide advice and support to victims of FGM, or to anyone who may be concerned a child is at risk. Call the helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the helpline can be found on the NSPCC website.
For more information and advice about FGM visit the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD).
You can also call the Honour Network Helpline operated by Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247, or call the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation on 020 7920 6460 (9.30am - 5.30pm) or on one of their 24hour numbers: 07846 310157 (Farsi / Dari / Turkish) or 07846 275246 (Kurdish/Arabic) to speak in confidence to someone if you are facing, or have already experienced, FGM.
To report a crime to the police dial 101 (non-emergency). If you believe that you or someone else are in immediate danger always dial 999.
Rape and sexual assault
If you or someone you know have been a victim of rape or sexual assault don’t suffer in silence.
The Rape Crisis Helpline will put you in touch with your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). In London there are three specialist centres for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted called The Havens:
Camberwell: 020 3299 1599
Paddington: 020 3312 1101
Whitechapel: 020 7247 4787
For more information and advice including on how to support someone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault, some of the key myths and facts, and much more, visit Rape Crisis England and Wales.
You can also contact the North London Rape Crisis service (women only) provided by Solace Women's Aid. For more information on the range of local services visit our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.
Forced marriage and 'honour' based violence
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk of forced marriage you can call the Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151. If you are going abroad with your family and have a fear that you may be coerced into a marriage while you are away then give the Forced Marriage Unit as much information as you can about your trip. This will help them to track where you are if you don’t return to the UK.
Forced marriage and 'honour' based violence are forms of child abuse. If you are concerned that a child is at risk of forced marriage or 'honour' based violence contact Islington’s Referral and Advice Team, 020 7527 7400, email@example.com.
You can also call the Honour Network Helpline operated by Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247, or call the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation on 0207 920 6460 (9.30 - 5.30) or on one of their 24hour numbers 07846 310157(Farsi / Dari / Turkish) or 07846 275246 (Kurdish/Arabic) to speak in confidence to someone if you are facing forced marriage, or any ‘honour’ related violence or abuse.
If you believe that you or someone else are in immediate danger always dial 999.
There are a number of services in Islington and London that can help and support you if you are a victim of forced marriage or 'honour' based violence. For more information on these, search our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.
Stalking and harassment
Stalking is a crime and you do not have to live with it.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know you can call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 (09:30 – 16:00 Weekdays, except Wed 13:00 – 16:00)
There is a new service to support victims of stalking. The Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service will support high risk victims of stalking. You can refer yourself to this service. For more information call 020 7840 8960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an emergency always dial 999.
For more information on stalking, including a list of Dos and Don’ts and advice on how to understand the risks and keep yourself safe visit Protection Against Stalking (PAS).
Are you concerned about your behaviour?
Facing up to your own abusive or violent behaviour can be extremely difficult; you may be blaming others, or blaming other issues such as alcohol or stress. If you are worried about the way you behave and would like to seek support, there is confidential help available.
To talk to someone, in confidence, you can call the Respect Phoneline on 0808 802 4040 (free from landlines and most mobiles), Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
There are a number of organisations that can provide support to help you change your behaviour. For more information on these visit our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.
Are you concerned about your partner?
If you are worried about your partner's behaviour visit our pages on domestic violence for more advice and support. Or you can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day).
We fund accommodation which helps vulnerable people develop and maintain their capacity to live more independently in their home. This may be in a tenancy, as an owner-occupier, as a lodger or in another semi-independent living arrangement.
For supported accommodation enquiries and referrals: email@example.com
Housing support for council tenants and leaseholders
Tenants and leaseholders can get impartial and confidential housing-related advice through a partnership scheme with Single Homeless Project (a charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London).
To refer yourself to this service, or access and/or download the referral form, please visit the SHP website.