For general information about domestic abuse for children and young people.
Women’s Aid website for children and young people living with domestic violence.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the UK’s leading charity specializing in child protection
Consists of easy to use ‘Core’ lessons for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse.
Specialists in animated films for adults and children on social issues including domestic violence, bullying, grief and gender inequality.


Young People
Website for teenagers living with family violence
Information and advocacy service for children and young people up to 24 years.
Women’s Aid website for children and young people living with domestic violence.
Collaboration between many global agencies to understand the issues and problems specific to juvenile justice
Website for young people about healthy relationships, with games and activities
Mental health charity for young people.
Young peoples events and activities in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley
Social networking for young people experiencing Domestic Violence


Elder Abuse
Charity that aims to prevent abuse in old age
The new name for the merged charities Help the Aged and Age Concern. Info and advice for the general public, including factsheets about elder abuse and where to get help.


Jill Curtis ‘helpsite’ for parents and grandparents
Confidential advice to families whose children are involved with Social Services
Charity supporting for families affected by drugs and alcohol
A national network of groups offering emotional and practical support by trained volunteers to families with at least one child under the age of five
charity supporting parents under stress and refers to sources of local support
Special needs resources for families with disabilities
Info for parents on how to protect their kids online
Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse. Charity offering help to families after fatal domestic abuse (homicide or suicide) and near misses.


Lone Parenting
Promotes the welfare of lone parents and their children
An organisation working to improve the lives of one parent familes in the UK and Europe. Find advice and information on all aspects of parenting alone, a lively online community supported by experienced single parenting specialists; low cost or free events for you and your family, plus online learning courses, including Assertiveness, Ways into Work and much more


Support For Mums
A website where parents and parents-to-be can share their know-how, with the aim of making parents’ lives easier by pooling knowledge, experience and support.
Mothers Away From Their Children

Advice and support for parents whose children have been abducted, or if they fear abduction by a former partner.


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Factsheet about FGM.
Information about FGM including where it is practiced and what the consequenses are.
Basic information about FGM and what it is practiced.


Useful Links – Forced marriage
Forced marriage helpline:  0800 5999 247
Runs from 9am to 9pm 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Provided by charity, Karma Nirvana.
Forced Marriage Unit – Single point of confidential advice and assistance for those at risk of being forced into marriage overseas.
Dealing with cases of Forced Marriage – Guidelines for Police – Includes statistics, best practice guidelines and key motives of forced marriages.
BBC Religion & Ethics – Forced marriage – Information about Forced marriage including definitions, motives and legislation.
Raising awareness of forced marriage and ‘honour’ based violence in schools and the media across the UK.


UK Government Info on Domestic Violence
Home Office, Violence against women and domestic violence page
Crown Prosecution Service, Handles the prosecution of most domestic violence cases in the UK
Women and Equality Unit, The Women and Equality Unit lead on gender equality within the UK government
Women’s National Commission.
The official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government
Department for Constitutional Affairs: Legal updates direct from government
House of Commons and House of Lords: Access via search page to Hansard archives of debates in Parliament, etc
Legal Services Commission, Administers the CLS and the Criminal Defence Service (replacing Legal Aid 2001)


Legal Advice

Rights of Women is committed to informing, educating and empowering women on the law and their legal rights. They  run a free telephone legal advice line for women including a sexual violence legal advice line. They produce publications – including ones on domestic violence and the law, child contact, and for those who have experienced rape or sexual assault. ‘From Report to Court’ can be downloaded free from the website and is available in a number of languages.
National Centre for Domestic Violence: The NCDV can help you obtain an injunction to prevent further abuse from your partner. The services are free of charge, and the centre will refer you to an experienced solicitor who, if you are eligible, will arrange Community Legal Service funding, or will accept payments in stages if you have to pay your own fees.
The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL): provides practical support for survivors and professionals working in the field of abuse. ACAL maintains a telephone help line and web site presence to sign-post survivors of abuse to lawyers who  have the expertise and experience to assist them in obtaining the redress to which they are entitled.
Advicenow: brings together information on the law and rights from a wide range of advice and information services
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
Children’s Legal Centre:  law and policy affecting children and young people
CICA: Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority administer the Criminal Injuries Scheme, providing compensation for victims of violent crime
Rape Crisis: Map and contact list of UK member groups: information, help, child abuse, legal procedures
Family Rights Group: advise parents whose children are involved with children’s social care services.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
T: 0800 999 5428  E:

Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence.


Info for male victims of violence
Help for men who have been sexually abused or raped
provides a range of services aimed primarily at men experiencing domestic abuse from their partner.
Provides emotional support and details of counsellors and agencies throughout the UK. Their helpline number is 0208 554 9004 and their email address is
Are You Hurting the one You Love? – Booklet on male violence


MASH for men who have been sexually abused
0117 907 7100: Thursday 7 – 9 p.m
Telephone counselling service for men who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives.  Both male and female counsellors available


Perpetrator programmes
Domestic Violence Intervention Project, Provides a violence prevention programme for men and a woman’s support service for their partners and ex-partners
Respect is a registered charity and national membership organisation promoting best practice for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services in the UK.
Supportline provides emotional support and details of counsellors and agencies throughout the UK. Their helpline number is 0208 554 9004 and their email address is
Programme for perpetrators of domestic violence in East Lancashire. The PPDV is designed to incorporate the latest theories, models, approaches and techniques to ensure that the PPDV programme is responsive to the individual needs of the participants.


UK Police Service Portal.
Find the police force covering your area.
Police Guidelines for investigating domestic abuse.
PDF document produced on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) by the National Police Improving Agency.
The Victim Support Witness Service will support you if you go to court, including giving you information about the court and prosecution process. If you want, they will sit with you in the waiting room and when you are called to give evidence.


Find your local refuge


Organisations Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence
Map and contact list of UK member groups: information, help, child abuse, legal procedures
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
Challenging vulnerability and sexual abuse in the lives of people with learning disabilities


Surviving stalking networks

Women’s Aid and the national stalking charity; Network for Surviving Stalking have launched a practical guide for victims of stalking: Digital_stalking_A_guide_to_technology_risks_for_victims_2012

Provide advice to victims of stalking and advocacy to high risk victims of stalking

Women’s Campaigning Groups
Association of Women’s Rights in Development, Provides comprehensive information and analysis on women’s human rights and global issues
A campaigning partnership of charities brought together for the centenary of International Women’s Day
Fawcett Society, Fawcett works for change on issues at the heart of women’s daily experience, Activism, health, links to other sites
The Feminist Majority Foundation Online, Sections on women’s health, global feminism, reproductive rights, and more
Object, Challenges the portrayal of women as sexual objects
Rights Of Women, Empowering women to access their legal rights.
Sisterhood is Global Institute, Non-profit organisation promoting women’s rights through human rights projects – advocacy programmes, etc.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a registered charity, is the leading authority on personal safety
United Nations Women, the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women
Women In Prison, A campaigning organisation providing support for women in prison
Women’s National Commission, The official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government