Victims of crime and domestic or sexual abuse

Victims of crime

Victim Support is an independent charity that provides support to people affected by crime or traumatic events to get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime.

Domestic and sexual abuse

UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign to raise awareness to end domestic violence abuse and sexual violence across the UK.

UK SAYS NO MORE is working with Boots UK, Morrisons, Superdrug and Well pharmacies, TSB banks and independent pharmacies across the UK to provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.

To access a Safe Space walk into any participating pharmacy in the UK. Ask at the healthcare counter to use their Safe Space. A pharmacist will show you to the Safe Space, which will be the consultancy room. Once inside, you will find displayed specialist domestic abuse support information for you to access, to make that call or access Bright Sky safely. Safe Spaces are open and ready for you to use.

UK SYS NO MORE also provides a widget that websites can add to their home pages for free. Those people experiencing domestic abuse can access support by clicking on the Safe Spaces logo/widget and are guided on a discreet pathway to specialist domestic abuse support.

Helplines

Independent Domestic Abuse Service

Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) provide support to people of all genders, over the age of 16, who are victims or survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence..

This includes practical support, helping you with:

  • the criminal and civil justice systems
  • information on benefits and housing
  • emotional support or referring you on for counselling.

Your safety is of paramount concern and they will always do their best to help you form a plan that will help you feel safer.

Support can be offered on a one to one basis or in a group.  If you don’t want to meet in person, they can also help you over the phone or via email. The team have specialist knowledge and in-depth training and good links with solicitors, counsellors and other specialist agencies.

You can call the helpline if you are experiencing domestic abuse or have been affected by sexual violence or abuse, if you are worried about your relationship or if you are concerned about someone you know.

Professionals can also use the helpline to make referrals and to ask any questions.  The lines are free to contact and what you tell us will be treated in the strictest confidence. Telephone 0808 2000 247, email: info@idas.org.uk.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

National Domestic Abuse Helpline provides a 24 hour national domestic violence, telephone 0808 2000 247.

National Rape Crisis Helpline

Rape Crisis South London (RASASC) provides the National Rape Crisis Helpline which is open every day of the year, including bank holidays, between 12.00 and 2.30pm and 7.00 and 9.30pm. Telephone: 0808 802 9999.