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Helplines and Support Services

In an emergency, or if you feel in danger, call 999 immediately. You can do this from a mobile even if you don’t have credit.

If you are unable to speak with us, you can leave a message and we will call you back within 24 hrs or you can self-refer using our online forms.

However, after 8 pm if you need to talk, below are some National helplines that you can reach out too.


Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
National Domestic Violence Helpline – refuge searches.

0808 2000 247

The 24/7 freephone National DV Helpline can provide confidential advice for women experiencing domestic abuse, or others calling on their behalf, from anywhere in the UK. They can also point you towards domestic abuse organisations in your area.

Website: nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Rape Crisis 24/7 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line
0808 500 2222

If something sexual happened to you without your consent – or you’re not sure – you can talk to them. No matter when it happened.

Their 24/7 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Website: rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/want-to-talk/

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline Call: 0800 999 5428

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

0800 999 5428

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

Website: www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/

Respect Phoneline Call: 0808 8024040


0808 802 4040

Respect runs a confidential helpline for domestic violence perpetrators (male or female). They offer information and advice to support perpetrators stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours.

Helpline is open Mon – Fri, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.

Website: respectphoneline.org.uk

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

Providing help and support for male victims of domestic violence. Calls are free. The helpline is open Mon to Fri, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.

Website: mensadviceline.org.uk

Revenge Porn Helpline: Call 0845 6000 459

Revenge Porn Helpline

0845 6000 459

A dedicated support service for anyone affected by this issue in the UK. Victims come from all backgrounds, male and female, aged 18 – 60. Some incidents are perpetrated by ex partners, some by strangers, via hacking or stolen images.

Website: revengepornhelpline.org.uk

0800 800 4444 

Shelter helps people struggling with homelessness through their advice, support and legal services.  Expert information is available online or via their helpline.

Website: shelter.org.uk

NSPCC Helpline

0808 800 5000

If you are an adult and you have concerns about a child, you can get free, confidential advice by calling the NSPCC Helpline, available 24hrs a day.

Website: nspcc.org.uk

ChildLine Call: 0800 1111


0800 1111

ChildLine is a national counselling service for children and young people. If you’re a young person and you’re worried about something, big or small, you can speak to someone about it by calling ChildLine.

Website: childline.org.uk

Samaritans Call: 116 123 for free


Call 116 123 for free

They’re waiting for your call. Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Website: samaritans.org

Essex Sexual Abuse and Rape Support Services

Essex SARC Helpline

01277 240620

Oakwood Place is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, offering free support and practical help to anyone in Essex who has ​experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

​If you would like to speak to someone, they are available 24/7 on
​01277 240620 or you can send an email to essex.sarc@nhs.net.

Website: oakwoodplace.org.uk

Synergy Essex – Rape Crisis

0300 003 7777

Synergy Essex is the partnership of Essex rape and sexual abuse support centres. They support all victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing rights and needs. 

You can telephone them on 0300 003 7777 and speak to a First Contact Navigator to find out more about their services or you can contact them via their online form

Website: synergyessex.org.uk

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