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SPECIFIC ‘LIFE’ PROBLEMS

ABUSE / DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / SEXUAL ASSUALT / RAPE

If you are experiencing domestic violence there are many professionals, such as the police, GPs, health visitors and teachers who are able to offer advice and put you in touch with specialist domestic abuse support services. Both men and women are victims of domestic violence and can find support sites below. If you are not ready or able to speak to the police there are other services offering confidential support that you can contact without going through the police or GP.

POLICE: You should contact the police in an emergency situation relating to domestic abuse and they should respond quickly. Telephone: 999 or 101.

Refuge provide advice and support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.  Call the 24 hour free help line: 0808 2000 247

The Domestic Violence Integrated Response Project (DVIRP) offers advice to men and women over the age of 16 who are living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and are affected by domestic violence.  You do NOT have to report to the police before you can service.  You can call direct on the helpline for information, guidance and options relating to domestic violence: Telephone:  0116 255 0004 

Rape Crisis centres can help if you have been affected by sexual violence of any kind.  All the centres offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can talk freely and confidentially. Rape Crisis Centres provide a telephone helpline service for women and girls who are survivors of rape, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual violence. You can contact any of the help lines to talk to someone and they will support you in finding out what is available in your area. Please be aware that most lines are only staffed at certain times of the week due to limited resources. Telephone: 0808 802 9999.


Bridge House – Leicester Refuge: Telephone: 0116 222 1845     Email:  bridgehouse@actionhomeless.org.uk Opening Times:  8am-8pm

Women's Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK. Free phone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: Telephone: 0808 2000 247.

Living Without Abuse (LWA) believes that all people have the right to live safely and without fear of violence and abuse. On this site they offer information and advice to anyone experiencing domestic abuse.

MEN ARE VICTIMS TOO – support services for MEN

Adam Project - Domestic abuse against men is more common than you might think.  You’re not alone and you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.  Any man living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland who is experiencing, or is at risk from, domestic abuse can find support here, whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual or transgender. You can phone, email or write for support. You can ask someone to do it for you if you prefer, like a friend or another support agency.

Email: adam.project@wallaction.org.uk

Helpline: 0116 242 6440 and choose the option for The ADAM Project. You can leave a message outside of office hours.

There is someone available to talk to between the following times:

MONDAY 9am - 5 pm
TUESDAY TO THURSDAY 9am - 7pm
FRIDAY 9am - 4.30pm
SATURDAY 9am - 12pm

or contact them in writing at: PO Box 7067, Leicester. LE1 7WB


Mens Advice Line - Help and support for male victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence affects MEN too - Talk it over! The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. Calls are welcome from all men - in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. The Men's Advice Line offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support. Call Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Telephone: 0808 801 0327 

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Jasmine House - Leicester Rape Crisis offers support to all women, aged 16 and over, in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, who have experienced rape or sexual assault, recently or in the past, or suffered childhood sexual abuse. They offer telephone support, face-to-face support and face-to-face counselling. They also offer support to women going through the court process. The helpline is open from Tuesday to Friday 10 am until 4 pm and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm until 9 pm.  They offer free and confidential initial and crisis support and information. Telephone: 0116 255 8852

Male Rape - Many Rape Crisis Centres provide counselling and support services for men and boys who have experienced sexual violence, either as a child or an adult. Rape Crisis Centres that provide women only services will be able to give you information and signpost you to support services in your area.

Survivors UK  - Provide a dedicated helpline and service for men.  If you want to talk about male rape or sexual abuse, call the National helpline in confidence on 0845 122 1201

Rape Crisis Centres - If you have been affected by sexual violence of any kind Rape Crisis can help you. All the centres offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can talk freely and confidentially. Rape Crisis Centres provide a telephone helpline service for women and girls who are survivors of rape, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual violence. You can contact any of the help lines to talk to someone and they will support you in finding out what is available in your area. Please be aware that most lines are only staffed at certain times of the week due to limited resources. Telephone: 0808 802 9999.

Victim Support is a national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. They are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to the police to get their help. You can call any time after a crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago. Tel: 0845 30 30 900

 

PREGNANCY THROUGH RAPE

Pandora’s Project - Pregnancy, Child-birth and parenting as a Rape or Sexual Abuse survivor.  This site offers advice and insights into how it feels for pregnant women who have experienced early sexual abuse or sexual assault.   It offers good links to further relevant information including emotions brought on in victims by birth and breast-feeding. 

A Safe Passage is a website about coping with pregnancy, childbirth and raising children after sexual assault or abuse. It is sensitively aimed at victims and their supporting partners and family, offering sensitive, positive advice and useful links to more relevant information sites.

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