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Domestic Violence and Abuse - Services offering information and advice

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.

If you are not in immediate danger but would like to talk to someone about something you or someone you know is experiencing, please call one of the following helplines:

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services (PDAS)

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services provide support for men, women and children who need advice and protection from domestic abuse.

They offer a wide range of help including a refuge and one-to-one support and confidential advice.

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services can be reached on 0800 458 2558 or email pdas@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

The number for Plymouth refuge is 01752 562286.

For more information, visit the PDAS page on our Sanctuary Supported Living website or view the PDAS Leaflet (PDF 423KB)

Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS)

Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) provides support for men, women and children in Torbay who need advice and protection from domestic abuse.

Contact the TDAS team on 01803 698869, or email tdas@sanctuary-housing.co.uk  

For more information, visit https://www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/tdas or view the TDAS Leaflet (PDF 565KB)

National Domestic Violence helpline

Telephone: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk (you will receive a response within 3 working days)
Website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk


Telephone: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Email: info@refuge.org.uk
Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Women's Aid

Telephone: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk
Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Rights of Women

Family law advice line: 020 7251 6577 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7pm-9pm; Friday 12 noon-2pm)

Criminal law advice line: 020 7251 8887 (Tuesday 11am-1pm)

Immigration and asylum law advice line: 020 7490 7689 (Monday 12 noon-3pm; Thursday 10am-1pm)

E-mail: info@row.org.uk
Website: www.rightsofwomen.org.uk

Men's Advice Line

Helpline: 0808 801 0327

The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

ManKind Initiative

Telephone: 01823 334 244
Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm (except Friday evenings)
Email: admin@mankind.org.uk
Website: www.mankind.org.uk

Survivors UK Ltd

Telephone: 0845 122 1201
Open Monday and Tuesday, 7pm to 9.30pm, Thursday 12 noon to 2.30pm

E-mail: info@survivorsuk.org
Website: www.survivorsuk.org


Tel: 0808 808 4321
Open on Thursday evenings, 8pm to 10pm
E-mail: support@seva-uk.org
Website: www.male-rape.org.uk

Police domestic violence units

There are a number of police domestic violence units, which have staff specially trained to help people experiencing domestic violence. They work closely with other organisations such as local solicitors and Women’s Aid groups. Your local police station, in the phone book under Police, will be able to tell you if they have a domestic violence unit, or where the nearest one is.

National Centre for Domestic Violence 

Telephone: 0800 970 2070
Website: www.ncdv.org.uk

Rape Crisis

National Freephone Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (from 12 noon to 2.30pm and from 7.00pm to 9.30pm every day)
Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Honour Network Helpline

Helpline: 0800 599 9247 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm)
Website: www.karmanirvana.org.uk

Action on Elder Abuse

Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (Freephone Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)

E-mail: enquiries@elderabuse.org.uk
Website: www.elderabuse.org.uk

National Stalking Helpline

Helpline: 0808 802 0300
Open Monday - Friday,  9.30am to 4pm
Email: advice@stalkinghelpline.org
Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org

Respect Phoneline

Telephone: 0808 802 4040 (free from landlines and most mobiles) Monday to Friday 10am to 1 pm and 2pm to 5pm)
E-mail: info@respectphoneline.org.uk
Website: www.respectphoneline.org.uk

Galop LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

Helpline: 0300 999 5428 or freephone 0800 999 5428
Open Monday and Thursday 10am to 8pm, Wednesday and Tuesday 10 am to 8pm
Tuesday 1pm-5pm is a trans specific service

If you're worried that you may be at risk of FGM, you should talk to someone you trust like a teacher or school nurse. They will be able to help and protect you.

Remember that no one is allowed to hurt you physically or emotionally, and FGM is not allowed in this country.

If you would rather speak to someone who doesn’t know you and your family, there are organisations that can help you, including:

  • the NSPCC, which has an FGM helpline you can call on 0800 028 3550 at any time - it’s free and you don’t have to tell them your name (you can also email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk)

  • FORWARD, which can give you information and one-to-one support - you can call them on 020 8960 4000 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm) or email atsupport@forwarduk.org.uk

If you think you're in immediate danger, call 999 and tell the police.

If you’re worried about someone you know

Call the NSPCC’s FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk if you're worried a girl or young woman is at risk of (or has had) FGM.

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