Domestic Abuse

If you are experiencing abuse or using abusive behaviours you don’t need to suffer in silence. Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service is here to help seven days a week on 0800 915 1561. Everyone has the right to live without violence, intimidation and fear. Below is a list of helpful organisations that you can contact to get help and support. Making the decision to get help may be difficult, do what feels right for you.

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Domestic Abuse – contact details for supportUpdated January 2021

National Services

Refuge www.refuge.org.uk  this service runs the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on

0808 2000 247 – the 24/7 advice line can help you find refuge space, and provides information, support and live chat. The website is comprehensive and available in different community languages, Refuge provides a number of culturally specific services.

 

Women’s Aid https://www.womensaid.org.uk  provides frontline services across the country including refuge. An online chat service is provided Mon-Fri 10am-12pm and there is a moderated survivors forum available.  The Hideout http://thehideout.org.uk/  is designed for children who may be experiencing or worried about domestic abuse.

 

Mankind Initiative www.mankind.org.uk  0182 333 4244 Weekdays 10 – 4pm helpline for men who are experiencing domestic abuse from female or male partners – the website provides good support and information, including how to access emergency accommodation.

 

Men’s Advice Line provided by Respect www.mensadviceline.org.uk  0808 801 0327 for men experiencing domestic abuse – with various opening times.  A comprehensive website for victims and professionals also enables e-mail contact and webchat with the service.

 

Karma Nirvana  www.karmanirvana.org.uk    0800 5999 247 Weekdays  9 – 5pm

This helpline is for all victims and survivors of forced marriage and ‘honour’ based abuse.

The website is a good source of information for professionals and those seeking support.

 

Galop  www.galop.org.uk   0800 999 5428 This national helpline is for people identifying as LGBT+ who are experiencing domestic abuse. The website is very comprehensive, the opening times of the helpline are varied but are listed on the site and webchat is available.

 

National Centre for Domestic Violence www.ncdv.org.uk  0800 970 2070 the service provides a free, emergency injunction service to help protect survivors of abuse. Professionals are also able to access this service for advice or to support a client.

 

National Stalking Helpline   www.stalkinghelpline.org  0808 8020 300 the advice line is available for anyone who is, or has been affected by stalking or harassment. The website is comprehensive and user friendly. Helpline 9.30 – 4pm, weekdays, 1pm – 4pm Wednesdays

 

Victim Support  www.victimsupport.org.uk/homepage 01924 614440 for Wakefield hub and 0808 1689 111 for the national support line, which is open 24/7 every day of the year. You do not have to be referred by the Police or have a crime number; domestic abuse victims can call the helpline or use the website for support and information.

 

Respect  http://respectphoneline.org.uk/ 0808 802 40 40 Weekdays 9-8 pm. The helpline is for anyone who wants to make changes to their abusive behaviour. The website offers a great deal of information and support, and contact can be made by phone, e-mail and by webchat on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

 

FGM Helpline NCPCC  www.nspcc.org.uk  call 0800 028 3550 This is available 24/7

It is confidential for anyone affected by or worried about Female Genital Mutilation or mail fgm.help@nspcc.org.uk

 

KOOTH  www.kooth.com Free online support for children and young people, online counselling, supported forums and advice, staffed weekdays 12-10pm Sat/Sun 6-10pm

 

Local Services 

 

Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/health-care-and-advice/adults-and-older-people-services/domestic-abuse   Call 0800 915 1561 A specialist service providing a range of advice and support for those experiencing domestic abuse including help with Court, Safety plans and obtaining safe emergency accommodation

 

Rosalie Ryrie Foundation www.rosalieryriefoundation.org.uk 01924 315 140 or 07305 788583 This voluntary sector service works with victims, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse. Appointments only, call to discuss options or view the website.

 

Well Women Centre www.wellwomenwakefield.org.uk  01924 211114

This women’s only service provides a wide range of support and advice. Counselling is available, as is a group work programme that is beneficial for women who are or have experienced domestic abuse (The Freedom Programme) a drop in service is also available

 

Marie House www.riverside.org.uk  07843 344457 local refuge accommodation for women and children who need to access safe, supported accommodation due to domestic abuse. The accommodation is self-contained within a larger staffed environment

 

Penny Appeal www.pennyappeal.org  A free counselling service is offered through this charity for those women who have been affected by any form of domestic abuse.  Call on 07480 970097 or email counselling@pennyappeal.org to find out more. The charity can also offer some therapeutic work for children within Primary schools, call 07714 249225

 

Turning Point Talking Therapies  https://talking.turning-point.co.uk/wakefield/ A free service for 16yrs or over who are registered with a Wakefield District G.P. Provides a range of therapeutic interventions for stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, call 01924 234860, there are bases in Wakefield and Castleford.

 

Kirklees Council www.kirklees.gov.uk/domesticviolence for those across the boarders Kirklees council provide a range of support including counselling, legal advice and refuge accommodation. The website will signpost you to the most appropriate number and service

 

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) www.westyorkshire.police.uk/staysafe

The Police website gives comprehensive information about sexual assault and where to get help, for West Yorkshire call 0330 2233617 for the local SARC, The Hazlehurst Centre

 

Kirklees and Calderdale Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (KRASAC) 0300 303 4787 support for women and girls aged 13 and over who have experienced domestic/sexual abuse, a more limited service for males also offered https://www.kcrasac.co.uk/

 

Samaritans www.samaritans.org  free phone 116 123 you can call the Samaritans about any issue, at any time, every day of the year. For a local branch call 0330 2233617

 

Children First Hub’s http://bit.ly/WakefieldEarlyHelp there are a number of bases across the district which offer early help to children and families. The support includes interventions around domestic abuse, including group work such as The Freedom Programme.

 

 Please note this is not an exhaustive list – for further information contact Anna atomlinsonsimpson@wakefield.gov.uk

 

AFTS January 2011

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