Useful Links

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Further sources of help and advice

Please note that National Stalking Helpline cannot accept responsibility for the content of any external sites. This information is for signposting only.

Advice

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) www.citizensadvice.co.uk

A charity that helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice,and by influencing policymakers. They can provide advice about proceedings in the civil courts.

Citizens Advice Scotland www.cas.org.uk

A charity that provides free, confidential, impartial advice about the rights and responsibilities of Scottish citizens.

Domestic Abuse

Family Justice Centres

There are two Family Justice Centres in the UK: one in Croydon and one in Derby. They address the full range of social, welfare, economic, safety, accommodation, criminal and civil justice needs of individuals living with or escaping from abuse. To find information about them you can look on the relevant council websites.

HOMETRUTHS www.hometruths.coop

Hometruths provide specialist services to survivors of domestic violence and abuse including stalking and harassment, living in Swindon and Wiltshire

National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

A Freephone 24 Hour a day helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. It is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) www.ncdv.org.uk 0844 8044 999

NCDV provides a free, fast emergency service to survivors of domestic violence, regardless of race, financial situation, gender or sexual orientation. They work closely with partner agencies and help people apply for an injunction quickly.

Refuge www.refuge.org.uk

Offer a range of services to support women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Respect Phoneline www.respectphoneline.org.uk 0845 112 8609 info@respectphoneline.org.uk

An information and advice line for anyone who is concerned about their violence or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Respect also provide advice to frontline workers. Helpline opening times are Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.

Rise www.riseuk.org.uk  01273 622 822

A charity that supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex.

Women’s Aid www.womensaid.org.uk

Work to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

Scottish Women’s Aid www.scottishwomensaid.co.uk 0131 226 6606

Women’s Aid can offer advice and support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse. The national office can provide contact details for your local Women’s Aid group.

Welsh Women’s Aid www.welshwomensaid.org

WWA is the national umbrella organisation representing local Women’s Aid Groups situated throughout Wales. Our member groups provide direct services for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse.

All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline www.allwaleshelpline.org.uk 0808 80 10 100

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence – then call the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also find a comprehensive list of services in your area of Wales at www.wales.gov.uk/violence against women and domestic abuse

LGBT

Broken Rainbow www.broken-rainbow.org.uk 0300 999 5428

Provide advice and support for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Men

Mankind Initiative www.mankind.org.uk 01823 334244

Provide support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence. They run a national helpline staffed by trained people who provide information and support on a number of issues.

Men’s Advice Line www.mensadviceline.org.uk 0808 801 0327 info@mensadviceline.org.uk

Men’s Advice line is a national freephone helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. The Helpline welcomes calls from men in heterosexual or same sex relationships. They also provide advice to frontline workers. Helpline opening times are Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.

Sexual Assault

Lifecentre www.lifecentre.uk.com

Lifecentre is a UK based charity that supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse. It offers a national helpline and counselling team based in Sussex, England.

Rape Crisis www.rapecrisis.org.uk 0808 802 9999

Provide a range of services for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence either as adults or children. The national helpline number listed above can also be used by male victims or friends and family of the victim.

Rape Crisis Scotland http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/help/helpline/ 08088 01 03 02

Offers support and information to female, male and transgender survivors of sexual violence aged 13+ as well as family, friends and workers. Rape Crisis Scotland also offer support to victims of stalking, whether there is an overt sexual element or not.

The Havens www.thehavens.co.uk

The havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 12 months. Their staff are fully trained and hugely experienced. They help men, women, children and young people of all ages. You can use The Havens services without having to report the assault to the police.

Emotional Support

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/therapists

A directory of private therapists who have been accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Hypnotherapy Directory www.hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/

Lists qualified hypnotherapists across the U.K

Samaritans www.samaritans.org 08457 90 90 90 jo@samaritans.org

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Supportline www.supportline.org.uk 01708 765200

Provides confidential emotional support to any individual on any issue. They take calls from children, young adults and adults.

Stalking

Action Scotland Against Stalking www.scotlandagainststalking.com

Action Scotland Against Stalking was founded by Ann Moulds after she experienced a harrowing stalking ordeal. Ann lead the successful campaign for the introduction of stalking legislation in Scotland in 2010. This website provides helpful information for anyone who is being stalked.

Digital Stalking http://www.digital-stalking.com

This site is run by Jennifer Perry who provides advice and information about cyberstalking. One of the most helpful and popular documents on this website is called ‘Digital Stalking – A Guide to Technology Risks’, which provides tips and information about staying safe online. You can access that document at the following link http://www.digital-stalking.com/victim-advice/digital-stalking-how-to-factsheets/digital-stalking-guidelines-factsheets.html

Network for Surviving Stalking www.nss.org.uk

NSS is dedicated to supporting victims of stalking. Their website has a lot of useful advice and knowledge. NSS are keen to hear victim’s stories and experiences with various agencies or companies so they can raise awareness and campaign for change.

Protection Against Stalking www.protectionagainststalking.org

Their goal is to work with professionals and organisations in partnership to improve the safety of stalking and harassment victims and for perpetrators of abuse to be held to account. Their website contains a lot of useful information and advice.

Paladin www.paladinservice.co.uk 0207 8408960

Paladin will assist high risk victims throughout England and Wales. A number of Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISACs) will ensure high risk victims of stalking are supported and that a co-ordinated community response is developed locally to keep victims and their children safe.

Surviving Stalking www.survivingstalking.com

Tracey Morgan was a victim of stalking and created this site, including her blog, for other victims and interested parties.

Professionals

National Stalking Clinic www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/nsc

The National Stalking Clinic is a specialist service for the assessment and treatment of stalkers and their victims. It is run by the North London Forensic Service, part of the Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. It provides a mobile service across the UK to interested parties including the courts, Probation Service, Police, mental health trusts and Social Services.

Stalking Screening Tool (S-DASH Risk Checklist) http://www.dashriskchecklist.co.uk/

A questionnaire used by professionals to determine the risk of harm in situations involving stalking, harassment or domestic violence.

Stalking and Harassment Guide for Parlimentarians http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/wpcms/wp-content/uploads/Stalking-and-Harassment-Guide-for-Parliamentarians2.pdf

Contains advice and information as well as a list of helpful contact numbers.

Stalking Questionnaire http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/wpcms/wp-content/uploads/Stalking-Questionnaire2.pdf

A list of 11 questions that MPs can go through with their constituents to help both parties gain an understanding of how seriously they should be taking the situation.

Other

Forced Marriage Unit www.fco.gov.uk/forcedmarriage 0207 008 0151

The FMU is a joint initiative between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. If you are worried that a friend or relative may be forced in to marriage then you can call them for advice and assistance.

Karma Nirvana www.karmanirvana.org.uk 0800 5999 247

Provide support to all the victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage. They also run a national helpline that provides support and guidance.

Life Coach Directory www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk

Coaching is the process of guiding a person from where they are to where they want to be, and can address a range of areas from  relationship advice to confidence coaching. Life Coach Directory offers articles, advice pages and allows visitors to find the most suitable qualified coach for their needs

National Offender Management Service Victim Helpline www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/adviceandsupport/helpforvictims/ 0845 7585 112

If you are a victim of crime or are related to a victim and have received unwanted contact from a prisoner (by letter or telephone) or are worried about their release from prison, contact the National Offender Management Service Victim Helpine.

Shelter www.shelter.org.uk

Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. They give advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need.

St Mungo’s www.mungos.org

St Mungo’s are a charity that work with the homeless in London and the South of England. They run emergency homeless services such as street outreach teams and emergency hostels.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust www.suzylamplugh.org

Provide advice, information and training about personal safety, enabling people to avoid becoming victims of violence and aggression.

Victim Support www.victimsupport.org.uk 0845 30 30 900

Provide free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected. They give information, emotional support and practical help. You don’t have to report a crime to the police to get their help and can get support at any time, whenever the crime happened.