Comprehensive List of Abuse Resources

This is a list of General Abuse Resources (for all types of abuse)

You’ll find resources specifically for the following types of abuse in this article.

  • Domestic Abuse Resources
  • Sexual Abuse Resources
  • Child Abuse Resources
  • Substance Abuse Resources
  • Self Abuse Resources
  • Resources for Abuses and Potential Abusers
  • Resources to Report an Abuser

 

You might also want to look at our Domestic Abuse Resources which gives links specifically pertaining to Domestic Abuse.

Our General Abuse Resource List

US:

http://www.befrienders.org/helplines/helplines.asp?c2=USA The Befrienders network provides emergency help and advice to anyone in crisis or who may be considering suicide.

KidsandGuns.org — a website about keeping guns out of the hands of kids

Single Mother Assistance — singlemotherassistance.net, a website giving assistance to moms

UK:

http://www.samaritans.org/talk_to_someone.aspx  The Samaritans helpline will answer calls and provide support to anyone in crisis or who is considering committing suicide.

Voice UK: Helpline 0808 802 8686
www.voiceuk.org.uk
Telephone support and information for adults and children with learning disabilities who have been abused, and for their families and carers.

Mind (National Association for Mental Health): 0845 766 0163
www.mind.org.uk

SupportLine: 01708 765200, email [email protected]– Telephone Helpline providing confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults on any issue. Aimed at those who are isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse

Childline: 0800 1111www.childline.org.uk – Free national helpline for children and young people in danger and distress. Also booklets on bullying

Kidscape Campaign for Children’s Safety: Admin 020 7730 3300Helpline 08451 205 204, www.kidscape.org.uk – Telephone helpline providing support for parents and produce free parents guides on issues relating to bullying. Also run one day courses for children who have been severely bullied.

Education Otherwise Association Ltd. 0845 478 6345,www.education-otherwise.net – Telephone information and support for families who wish to educate their children outside school

Advisory Centre for Education: 0808 800 5793www.ace-ed.org.uk – Helpline offering advice on special education needs, exclusions, admissions, bullying

Bullywatch: 01454 318753www.bullywatch.org – Aims to help anyone who is involved with bullying issues

Becomingtheparent.net — website about parenting help

Wholechild.net — parenting help

www.antibullying.net – Established by the Scottish Executive for parents, teachers and young people

www.bbclic.com – Website for children and young people includes case studies, games, gallery and advice

Emphasisonmoms.com – website about parenting help for moms

www.beatbullying.org – Information and support

momsclubtegacay.com – moms club in tegacy

www.bullyfreezone.co.uk – Raises awareness of alternative ways of resolving conflict and of reducing incidences of bullying

www.bullying.co.uk

www.coastkid.org – Anti-bullying website with helpful advice and information

www.e-victims.org – advice regarding online bullying, harassment, cyberstalking and safety tips.

www.kidscape.org.uk

www.teenagehealthfreak.org – Information on wide range of issues for teens including bullying

resourcesforfathers.org — resources for fathers

Financialhelpforseniors.net — help for seniors

Worldwide:

  • http://www.befrienders.org/ Befrienders network operates worlwide to help those in crisis. The link allows you to find your nearest service.

Resources for victims of domestic abuse (including elder and spousal abuse)

US:

UK:

  • Aanchal: 0845 451 2547 (serves London area)
    24 hour telephone helpline and services for Asian women who have experienced domestic violence, emotional support, group work and counseling. (based E15).
  • SupportLine: 01708 765200
    email [email protected]
    Telephone Helpline providing confidential emotional support to Children, Young Adults and Adults on any issue including domestic violence.
  • Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • www.womensaid.org.uk
  • Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
    www.elderabuse.org.uk
  • Broken Rainbow: 0300 999 5428
    www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
    Support for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people suffering domestic violence.
  • The Freedom Programme: 01547 520228
    www.freedomprogramme.co.uk
    A 12 week rolling programme for women who wish to learn about the reality of domestic violence and abuse.
  • Hidden Hurt: 
    www.hiddenhurt.co.uk

    Abuse Information and Support Site.
  • Jewish Women’s Aid: 0808 801 0500
    www.jwa.org.uk
    Services for Jewish women experiencing domestic violence.
  • Rights of Women – 020 7251 6577
    www.rightsofwomen.org.uk
    Telephone legal advice service for women.
    Sexual Violence Legal AdviceLine: 020 7251 8887 (phone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone)
     Mondays 11am-1pm and Tuesdays 10am-12 noon.
  • Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234
    24 hour Helpline providing information and support for those affected by domestic abuse.
  • Southall Black Sisters: 020 8571 9595
    Advice, information and emotional support for black and Asian women.
  • Wales Domestic Abuse: Helpline 0808 80 10 800 
    24 hour helpline free and confidential for anybody experiencing or concerned about someone experiencing domestic abuse (women, men and children).
  • Victim Support Helpline: 0845 30 30 900
    www.victimsupport.org

Worldwide:

Resources for victims of sexual abuse:

US:

UK:

  • Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre: Helpline 0808 802 9999, Counselling 020 8683 3311
    email [email protected]sasc.org.uk; www.rasasc.org.uk 
    Helpline support and information for all survivors of rape or childhood sexual abuse.
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: Helpline 0300 003 3601www.cica.gov.uk – If you have reported a crime of rape or sexual assault, you may be able to claim compensation throgh this resource.
  • Dabs Pathfinder Service: 01255 675351,www.dabspathfinder.org – Qualified counsellors available to help you find the help you need. This is not a telephone counselling service but a chance to talk over what sort of help or counselling would suit you best and to help you to find the best local counsellor.
  • Family Matters: 01474 537392www.familymattersuk.org– Helpline and counselling for people of all ages who have experienced rape or childhood sexual abuse. (Counselling South East London, North East, North West and Mid Kent).
  • First Person Plural: PO Box 2537, Wolverhampton WV4 4ZL, email [email protected],www.firstpersonplural.org.uk – UK wide survivor led association for survivors of trauma and abuse. ist and meetings for survivors for members only.
  • The Havens: www.thehavens.org.uk – Service for anyone in London who has been raped or sexually assaulted (women, men, children). Centres staffed by specifically trained experienced professionals who give medical help and advice, counselling, practical emotional support, help with deciding whether to report crime to the Police, advice relating to pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease.
  • Haven Camberwell – Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS: 020 3299 1599 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or020 3299 9000 at other times.
  • Haven Paddington – St. Marys Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY: 0203 312 1101 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm 0203 312 6666 at other times.
  • Haven Whitechapel – The Royal London Hospital, London E1 5BD: 020 7247 4787 at any time.
  • Poppy Project: 020 7735 2062 www.eaves4women.co.uk– A Project run by Eaves providing support and accommodation for women who have been trafficked into the UK for the purposes of prostitution or domestic servitude.
  • Rape and Abuse Line: 0808 8000 123 (Answered by Female Support Workers) 0808 8000 122 (Answered by Male Support Workers), www.rapeandabuseline.co.uk – Freephone helplines for anyone affected by rape or abuse.
  • Rape Crisis: www.rapecrisis.org.uk – See website for list of rape crisis centres. Also information and practical advice.
  • Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre: 0808 802 9999,www.rasasc.org.uk – Helpline support and information for survivors of rape or childhood sexual abuse through UK.
  • Respond: 0808 808 0700www.respond.org.uk – Helpline, counselling and psychotherapy for children, adults and elders with learning difficulties who are either victims or perpetrators of sexual abuse.
  • Roofie Foundation: 
    www.roofie.com – Information, help and support relating to drug rape.
  • Victim Support: 0845 303 0900www.victimsupport.org.uk– Trained volunteers give emotional support and practical advice and can accompany victims to police stations and court if needed and help with application for compensation.
  • Voice UK: 0808 802 8686www.voiceuk.org.uk – Telephone support and information for adults and children with learning disabilities who have been abused.
  • SupportLine: 01708 765200, email [email protected]– Details of rape crisis centres and other services for victims of rape or sexual assault across the UK.
  • www.abuselaw.co.uk – a website which provides easy access to information for child and adult survivors of physical, sexual and psychological abuse on all aspects of this complex area of law.
  • www.met.police.uk/sapphire – specialist police units providing help for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted with details of Sapphire Units across the London/S.E. areas covered by the Met.Police.
  • www.survive.org.uk – site set up by a survivor of rape
  • www.aest.org.uk – information and support for female and male survivors of rape and sexual assault and childhood abuse
  • www.hiddenmarks.org.uk website set up in response to the National Union of Students survey into rape and sexual assault among students, provides support and information relating to physical and sexual assault
  • www.bashh.org – click Clinic Directory – website for British Assoc. for Sexual Health & HIV – directory of clinics throughout UK
  • www.courtroomadvice.co.uk – Step by step advice for going to court.
  • www.patient.co.uk – click on Health and Diseases Leaflets then P – for information and self help guide for post traumatic stress
  • www.surgerydoor.co.uk – click on Medical Conditions, then mental health and select post traumatic stress from list for information and self help guide.

Resources for victims of child abuse

US:

UK:

  •   Childline: 0800 1111www.childline.org.uk  –  A confidential 24hr free   telephone helpline
  • Eighteen and Under: 0800 731 4080 (Area served SCOTLAND), website www.18u.org.uk  – Support, information       and helpline for young people under 18 who have experienced any type of abuse
  • Get Connected: 0808 808 4994www.getconnected.org.uk Free telephone and email helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate
  • Muslim Youth Helpline: 0808 808 2008 (Area served LONDON), email  [email protected]kwww.myh.org.uk – Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25.
  • National Youth Advocacy Service: 0800 616101, email[email protected]www.nyas.net – Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to the age of 25 through a network of advocates through England and Wales
  • SupportLine: 01708 765200, email [email protected]– A confidential telephone helpline providing emotional support and befriending.
  • Voice For the Child In Care 0808 800 5792,www.voiceyp.org – Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care. Helpline for care leavers: 0808 100 3224. Visiting advocacy service for children in secure units and other residential homes.
  • www.childnet-int.org – Website which helps to make the internet a safe and helpful place for children
  • www.youthaccess.org.uk – Online information on local youth information, advice, counseling and support services

Resources for drug, and alcohol abuse

US:

UK

  • Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire: 020 7403 0888: www.al-anonuk.org.uk – Helpline providing support for families and friends of problem drinkers.
  • Alcohol Concern: www.alcoholconcern.org.uk –  includes online directory of local services.
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland (Area served Scotland):www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk – Telephone information, advice and other services for people concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 0845 7697 555,www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk – Over 3,300 groups in the UK. Help drinkers to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
  • Drinkline: 0800 917 8282 – Advice and information for people with alcohol problems or anyone concerned about alcohol misuse. Advice on sensible drinking and information on services to help people cut down on their drinking
  • Foundation66 – 020 7234 9940 www.foundation66.org.uk– Foundation66 provides range of services for those needing support for problematic alcohol and drug use. Runs services across 18 London boroughs including community services, floating support, housing services, residential care services.
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics: 0800 358 3456www.nacoa.org.uk – Helpline offering information, advice and support to children of alcoholics and people concerned about their welfare
  • Richmond Fellowship: 020 7697 3300,www.richmondfellowship.org.uk – Provides residential care counselling and support, as well as rehabilitation and work skills, to men/women who are recovering from emotional disturbance, addiction and mental health problems. Run a national network of over 104 projects and work schemes
  • Salvation Army: 020 7367 4500,www.salvationarmy.org.uk – Runs homes for the treatment of alcoholics and drug addicts
  • www.sobriety.org – community for everyone who wants to live a clean and healthy life free from alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Sort out Stress: www.sort-out-stress.co.uk – Site aimed at men includes information relating to Alcohol
  • SupportLine Telephone Helpline: 01708 765200, email[email protected] – Provides emotional support and details of local helplines, counsellors providing specific help relating to alcohol
  • Teetotallers Register: 01323 638234 – Offers mutual support to anyone who wishes to abstain totally from alcohol.
  • Turning Point: 020 7481 7600, email [email protected]www.turning-point.co.uk – To enable people with serious problems related to drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and learning disabilities to lead more independent lives by providing high quality community services.
  • Young People: For information about alcohol check out information at www.thesite.org run by YouthNet UK
  • www.videojug.com – Click Health on top bar then click on Mental Health, scroll down to Addictions

Resources for self abusers:

US:

UK:

Resources for abusers and potential abusers:

US:

  •  1-800-4-A-CHILD  This is a helpline that you can call to find help and support to break the cycles of abuse if you are a child abuser or feel that you may be in danger of becoming an abuser.

UK:

  •     STOP IT NOW!: 0808 1000 900 www.stopitnow.org.uk 
    . This is a campaign that aims firstly to help child victims of abuse and to prevent child abuse. However, they also provide counselling for adults who are worried about their thoughts or behaviour towards children.
  • RESPOND: 0808 808 0700
    email [email protected]
    www.respond.org.uk
    Helpline, counselling and psychotherapy for children, adults and elders with learning difficulties who are either victims or perpetrators of sexual abuse and other trauma.
  • AVP Britain (Alternatives to Violence Project): 020 7324 4757, (for London and the South East) For other areas see website contact details www.avpbritain.org.uk – Workshops for anyone who has difficulty with anger, anyone who is a bully or is bullied or for anyone who wants to find an alternative to violence.

Resources for those wishing to report suspected or actual abuse:

Most of the above links to national or local helplines and centres for victims of abuse will also be happy to advise you if you think or know that an abuse of any sort is taking place.

US:

  • Call Justice For Children. 1-800-733-0059.

UK:

  • NSPCC Helpline: 0800 800 500
  • Text service: 88858
  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900www.stopitnow.org.uk – Also provide information to parents whose children may be sexually abusing other children.