Main support services

There are plenty of support services available, both nationally and locally to offer you help and advice on any of the issues mentioned on this website.

It can be hard to ask for support, but all of these services have trained workers who are there to listen to you.  You don't have to give your name or address when you contact them, and they will keep the information private unless they are worried you are in immediate danger.
24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247)
Free and confidential 24 hour helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge. They can support children and young people as well as adults. Contact Women's Aid for services in your local area.

Childline (0800 1111)
Available online, on the phone, anytime. Their 24 hour phone line is free, and their website has lots of information and advice on different issues.

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline (0800 999 5428)
A phone line service offering emotional and practical support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people experiencing abuse. Run by Galop, their website offers more information about how they can support people.

Men's Advice Line (0808 801 0327)
Advice and support for men over 16 in abusive relationships. They also offer email support and a live chat option online. 

Karma Nirvana (0800 599 9247)
A phone line service for anyone worried about forced marriage or honour based abuse. They offer practical support, options and guidance through their helpline and website.

Forced Marriage Unit (020 7008 0151)
Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you are trying to stop a forced marriage or need help leaving a marriage you've been forced into.

Telling someone can help reduce the feeling of isolation and can help with feelings of confusion.

National support services

Women's Aid

Women's Aid are a national domestic abuse charity. They offer information and support and also offer refuges (safe houses) for women and children experiencing abuse. 

The Hideout 

A website supporting children and young people who are living with domestic abuse, or who want to support a friend in this situation.

Disrespect Nobody

This website offers information about healthy and unhealthy relationships, including support around sexting, abuse, consent and rape.

Bursting the Bubble

This Australian site for young people offers advice on what to do if abuse is happening in your family. 


This website offers advice and information for young people about sex and relationships.

Young Minds

Young Minds offers a brilliant website full of information about young people's mental health and wellbeing.  

Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis Centres offer counselling and specialist support to women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Rape Crisis can be contacted free of charge and in confidence.

To find the Rape Crisis centre closest to you click here

If you're worried about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The NSPCC offers a free, anonymous phone line for anyone worried about FGM 0800 028 3550.

Local support services (Nottinghamshire)

The Topaz Centre (0845 600 1588)

Supports both men and women living in Nottinghamshire who have experienced rape or sexual assault. The centre provides a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.

Nottingham Rape Crisis (0115 941 0440)

Provides a helpline and counselling support to female survivors of rape, sexual violence, and childhood sexual abuse.

Women's Aid Integrated Services (WAIS) (0808 800 0340)

WAIS in Nottingham run the 24 hour domestic and sexual violence helpline for all women aged 18 or over in Nottingham(shire). They also offer a young person's support service, for those under 18.

Equation's Domestic Abuse Service for Men (0115 960 5556)

Equation offers a confidential service for men aged 18 or over who are experiencing domestic abuse. Available to men living in Nottinghamshire county only. 

Nottinghamshire Women's Aid

Notts Women's Aid offers support to young men up to the age of 17 years 11 months who are experiencing domestic abuse in their own relationships.