Where to get further help
Specialist Domestic Violence help and legal advice
Empowers Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women, particularly South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful practices. Ashiana provides culturally sensitive advice, support and safe housing, and counselling. Ashiana works to raise awareness of domestic violence and carry out preventative work with the community as a whole.
DomesticViolence Intervention Project
Works with male perpetrators of domestic violence, their women partners and ex-partners, and their children. DVIP's programme has three core elements: expert risk assessment, a violence prevention programme for perpetrators and a women's support service.
Is a UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. As a second-tier, human rights organisation, with national membership, Imkaan represents the expertise and perspectives of frontline specialist women's services that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.
Latin American Women's Rights Service
Advocates for women's rights and migrant's rights. It offers advice, advocacy, information and counselling services in a personalised, confidential and impartial manner. The service includes housing, money and debt management as well domestic violence support. All services are free and in Spanish and Portuguese.
Supports women and children through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services. Refuge advocates for improvements to domestic violence policy and practice, and the implementation of legislation to meet the needs of abused women and children. It helps prevent domestic violence through campaigning, education, training and research. For more information or advice. Visit their website or call their Freephone 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership with Women's Aid).
Rights of Women
Advises, educates and empowers women by providing free, confidential legal advice by specialist women solicitors and barristers; enabling women to understand and benefit from their legal rights through accessible and timely publications and training; and campaigning to ensure that women's voices are heard and law and policy meets all women's needs. Visit the website or telephone for legal advice: For Family law call 020 7251 6577; Criminal law call 020 7251 8887; for women in London call 020 7608 1137; Immigration and asylum law call 020 7490 7689.
Safeguarding Teenage Intimate Relationships (STIRitUP)
Addresses issues of violence in young people's relationships and has produced an app to help young people with relationships
Is an active user-led organisation that advances the education and training of the Albanian speaking people in the UK, so as to enable them to take full and active roles in their communities. Shpresa provides advice, help and support so to the Albanian community to help the community orientate, settle and gain access to education, training and employment. Additionally, Shpresa raises awareness of the needs of Albanian women experiencing domestic violence and works in partnership with the Women's Therapy Centre to enable women to find a safe space to explore how they feel and what they want for themselves and their children.
Solace Women's Aid
Is a London-based charity that supports women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. Solace provides refuge accommodation and a wide range of community based services. Visit their website or Freephone helpline 0808 802 5565.
Offers refuge for Irish women and children (including those from the Travelling community) experiencing domestic violence and provides advice and information on rehousing, welfare rights, children's services and employment support.
Southall Black Sisters
A London-based charity that provides advice, advocacy and a resource centre for Asian and African-Caribbean women who are experiencing domestic violence and all other forms of gender related violence against women. Services can be provided in several community languages, especially South Asian languages. Visit their website or call their helpline on 020 8571 0800.
Is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and girls. Women's Aid co-ordinates and supports an England-wide network of over 300 local services and campaigns for better legal protection and services to abused women and children. Their website has a lot of useful information. Or call their Freephone 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247 (run in partnership with Refuge).
Further Legal Help
Coram Children's Legal Centre
The Child Law Advice Service provides legal advice and information on areas of child, family and education law. To access this advice and information please visit www.childrenslegalcentre.com and follow the link to the Child Law Advice Service where you will be able to view a range of factsheets and how to guides. Should you have clarifying questions following your visit to their website, their helpline number is available at the end of each factsheet. The helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
To find a solicitor who specialises in childcare law: you can contact
- Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN Telephone: 0370 606 2555
You can search their website for details of local solicitors who are members of the Law Society's Children Law Accreditation Scheme.
Housing, immigration, money issues, mental health and more topics
Citizens Advice Bureau
Is an independent organisation providing free, confidential and impartial advice on all subjects to anyone. You can find the address and telephone number of your local CAB in the telephone directory. They may be able to help you find a local solicitor and there is also on line advice.
Provides advice and information about housing and homelessness.
Freephone: 0808 800 4444
Their website has up to date links to many different organisations that provide support and advice on issues, including legal advice that may be relevant to domestic violence survivors on a range of issues.