Domestic Abuse - Directory of Services

This is a directory of support service providers. It is designed to signpost people affected by domestic abuse to the right help.

Last Updated: October 2020

 

Local Resources

Police - Emergency 24/7

Call: 999 for emergencies only

Call: 101 for non-emergencies

Website: Look for LIVE CHAT on right side of the screen - www.west-midlands.police.uk


Silent Calls to the police will work if you are not safe to speak – use the Silent Solution system and call 999 and then press 55 when prompted. More information can be found here

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – Clare’s Law


The domestic violence disclosure scheme, also known as Clare's Law, gives anyone a right to ask the police to check the offending history of an individual if they believe that they or someone they know is in a relationship with somebody that could be abusive towards them.

For more information please visit:

www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/clares-law-domestic-violence-disclosure-scheme

Aaina Community Hub

Aaina Hub is a gender and culturally sensitive service based in the St Mathews ward, the Hub provides a welcoming space for women of all ages and backgrounds. Staff provide a welcoming environment that recognises the diverse needs of women and work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome for service users.

 

Support Services

We provide a confidential one to one service for women as follows;

  • Women who are living with domestic abuse, which includes emotional, physical, verbal, and financial.

  • Victims of Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.

  • Women subject to hate crime which includes verbal, physical abuse, direct and online harassment.

  • One to one information and support with universal credits, housing and official correspondence.

  • Practical support to relieve poverty and hardship

 

Write to us: Aaina Community Hub, Bath Road, Caldmore, Walsall, WS1 3BS

Call: 01922 644006

Email: info@aainahub.com or info@iq-ss.co.uk

Web: www.aainahub.com

Black Country Women’s Aid - Walsall

Independent support services for people being abused male or female. All services 24hr

 

Going through domestic abuse can damage your self- esteem and make you feel very isolated and even ashamed of what has happened to you. Being in a group where others have had similar experiences can really help: it offers a safe space to share experiences and feel you are not alone.

 

The Freedom Programme

A course for women who want to learn more about domestic violence, recognise warning signs, and improve their self-esteem.

 

The Power to Change

A course helping women to understand how abuse may have affected them, build their confidence, understand women’s rights, and recognise their own strengths.

 

You and Me, Mum

A course which empowers women to support their children after domestic abuse.

 

For further information on these courses please contact:

Email: idva@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

Phone: 0121 553 0090

A Survivors Handbook

The Survivor’s Handbook provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse, with simple guidance on every aspect of seeking support.

 

The terms “victim” and “survivor” are both used, depending on the context. “Survivor” is, however, preferred as it emphasises an active, resourceful and creative response to the abuse, in contrast to “victim”, which implies passive acceptance.

 

If you are reading this, then you are – at least to some extent – a survivor.

 

Please note – The print version of The Survivor’s Handbook was last updated in June 2009. Women’s Aid cannot be held responsible for any changes which may have taken place after this date. Women’s Aid periodically updates the Survivor’s Handbook. Please go to The Survivor’s Handbook webpages for the most up-to-date content: www.womensaid.org.uk/the-survivors-handbook

Call: 24 hour helpline 0121 552 6448

Text or WhatsApp: 07384 466 181 9am-9pm weekdays. Any texts or WhatsApp messages received outside of these times will be responded to in normal working hours.

 

Website: www.blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

Email: info@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk

Citizens Advice / Turn to Us

Due to the ongoing health issues relating to COVID – 19 we have taken the decision to close our town centre office and outreach venues with immediate effect. This is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our staff and clients.

Advice & Support for all services.

 

Telephone: 01922 700 600

Email: advice@cab.walsall.org.uk

Address: Citizens advise Office, 139 - 144 Lichfield Road, Walsall, WS11SE

Website: www.walsallcab.org.uk

Domestic Violence Help Line

Providing housing and support to those ladies and children experiencing domestic abuse. Please contact for more details.

 

Phone line Support service for DA. Open 9am - 5pm

 

Call: 01922 746574

E-mail: customerfirst@accordgroup.org.uk

Impact Pathways/Brighter Futures

Brighter futures is a free voluntary programme for individuals who have committed or are at risk of committing behaviours defined as domestic violence and abuse.

 

Brighter Futures helps people who have been abusive in the home. We offer either weekly group sessions or one-to-one sessions in a relaxed environment that will help you to reduce risk to you and your family.

 

The programme consists of 10 x 1.5 hour sessions conducted on a weekly basis and includes solution-focused brief therapy, with cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques.

 

This approach is evidence-based and uses an intervention that has been shown to increase customer engagement, reduce risk and help individuals stop being violent and abusive.

 

Cost: Free

Call: 01922 617769 or 0121 558 7812

Email: brighter.futures@fryha.org.uk 

Web: www.fryha.org.uk/our-services/brighter-futures

My Walsall Supported Housing Walsall Council

Drop in services for family support Drop in for all services relation to homelessness, Domestic Abuse or Violence, financial, Crisis Support.

 

Call: 01922 653405

Address: First Stop Shop, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP

Email: advice@walsall.gov.uk

Website: www.go.walsall.gov.uk

 

Accessing Refuge Accommodation and Support

 

A refuge is a safe place for women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse. The address is confidential and should not be disclosed. 

Refuge staff provide residents with the foundation they need to begin a new life, free from fear and harm. They help people to overcome the impacts of violence and abuse and offer a huge range of practical and emotional support. This might include support on housing, education, accessing benefits, or immigration, or it might mean helping to achieve better health and wellbeing.

 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and Domestic abuse

 

We know that this is a difficult and challenging time for all. In particular  for adults and children living with domestic abuse and the professionals working hard to support them. Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option.

 

If you are homeless or need housing advice you can call the councils Money Home Job team on 01922 652250 or email HousingandWelfareSupport@walsall.gov.uk. You can also contact Black Country Women’s Aid for further advice and help. 

Finding Refuge Accommodation 

Walsall council has commissioned a refuge which has 24 bed spaces and  3 safe houses.  To check availability please call: 01922 746574.

Other Local refuges you may wish to contact directly for help advice include: 

• The Haven Wolverhampton (Tel: 01902 904677)

• Sandwell Refuge (Tel: 0121 552 6448)

Safeguarding

Children are often the 'forgotten victims' of domestic abuse.

What to do if you are concerned about the safety of a child or young person:

 

If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must report this immediately:

 

  • During office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 5.15pm Friday, 8.45am – 4.45pm) Call Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 555 2866 

  • Out of office hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays) Emergency Response Team Telephone: 0300 555 2922  

 

For further information: go.walsall.gov.uk/walsall-safeguarding-partnership/Report-a-concern/For-a-child

 

If you or another adult you know is being abused, we can help. Please contact us, we will work with you and listen to you.

 

Call: 0300 555 2922
Textphone: 0845 111 2910
Email: initialintake@walsall.gov.uk
Website: www.go.walsall.gov.uk/adult_safeguarding or https://dnnliveapp01.walsall.gov.uk/walsall-safeguarding-partnership/Report-a-concern/For-an-adult

Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

Call: 116 123

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Website: www.samaritans.org

Victim Support

Confidential emotional and practical help to people who have been affected by crime. We are an independent charity and victims can contact us for support regardless of whether they have contacted the police, and no matter how long ago the crime took place. We will provide support for as long as it takes to overcome the impact of crime. We provide support to enable individuals and families to cope and recover following the impact of a crime.

Address: The Rock Centre, Lichfield House, 27-31 Lichfield St, Walsall WS1 1TE
Call: 0300 303 1977
Supportline: available free 24 hours per day: 08 08 16 89 111
Live Chat: available 24 hours per day on the website
Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk

 

National Resources

Child To Parent Abuse (CAPA)

CAPA First Response provide a service to families and professionals via an online platform providing  individual support, advice, signposting and training to anyone impacted or supporting a family who is struggling with child to parent abuse.

 

In this instance 'Parent' is anyone taking on the caring responsibility for a child under the age of 18 yrs. We offer individual support, advice, signposting and training to anyone impacted or supporting a family who is struggling in their relationship with their child.

 

Some families do not reach the criteria for support, fall through the cracks, feel isolated or unable to discuss with professionals what is happening in the home.

We provide a 'First Response' service to families and professionals to receive support directly, or to be signposted to support. To ensure families feel heard, raise awareness and ensure they know that they're Not Alone.

Capa offer support to  parents and young people  via

  • Online Platforms

  • Telephone

  • Text

  • Face to Face

 

You are not alone

 

FREE 20 min live 121 support and advice. EVERY FRIDAY BETWEEN 2.00-4.30 pm.

To book a slot contact us at info@capauk.org 

 

Contact us at: info@capauk.org

or on facebook: www.facebook.com/SupportingFamilyCrisis

Web: www.capauk.org

Give us a Shout

Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. We offer in the moment help for times when life gets overwhelming and you need immediate support.

 

Shout is powered by a team of Crisis Volunteers, who are at the heart of this service.

 

An anonymous, free conversation that won’t show on your 
phone bill.

 

By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ a Texter will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat to them using trained techniques via text. The service is designed to help individuals to think more clearly and to take their next steps to feeling better.

 

Text: 85258

Web: www.giveusashout.org

Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana is an award-winning National charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, we support and work with all victims.

 

We run a national helpline offering direct support and guidance to victims and professionals. Karma Nirvana provides training to the Police, NHS and Social Services. We act as expert witnesses in court, speak out in schools and attend awareness raising events nationally and internationally. In addition, our team lobby government and after ten years of campaigning, forced marriage became a criminal offence in 2014.

 

Karma Nirvana was founded in 1993 by the survivor, activist and author, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE who escaped a forced marriage by running away from home at age 16 years old.

 

  • Are you being pressured to get married against your will?

  • Do you fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family?

  • Have you been emotionally or physically abused?

  • Are you confused about what they say scripture demands of you?

  • Do you worry about being disowned?

If you are concerned about any of the above, please call us in confidence. Culture, Religion and Tradition are not an excuse; forced marriage is illegal in the UK.

 

Call: 0800 5999 247Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Email: info@karmanirvana.org.uk

National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)

Providing free, fast and effective legal support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse, usually by helping individuals obtain injunctions from their local county court.

 

All referrals are done online: www.ncdv.org.uk/self-referrals

 

Web: www.ncdv.org.uk

National Stalking Advocacy Service

Paladin was launched in 2013 after our Founder Laura Richards and other changed the law to create a specific criminal offence of stalking.

 

Paladin uses the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour based Violence Risk Checklist (DASH 2009) which was developed by Laura Richards on behalf of ACPO and in partnership with Safe Lives (formerly Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)) to inform early identification, intervention and prevention. This tool is also used by thousands of professionals on a daily basis to help them deal effectively with victims of stalking, domestic abuse and honour based violence.

 

Paladin amplifies the voice of the victim within the criminal and civil justice system, as many victims feel isolated and terrified. Some pay with their lives. Paladin provides a high level of advocacy to anyone at risk of serious harm or homicide from a stalker.

 

Contact Us at:

Email: info@paladinservice.co.uk
Secure Email: info.mailbox@paladin.cjsm.net (Please note that you can only use this account if sending from a secure email account.)

 

Call: 020 3866 4107Our Phone line is open 9am to 3pm weekdays except for Wednesdays when it is open 10am to 5pm

 

Keep up to date with Paladin on Twitter: @paladinserviceFacebook and Instagram

 

Web: www.paladinservice.co.uk

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse

Reducing the Risk is dedicated to the safety of adults and children at risk of domestic abuse and to empowering the professionals and volunteers who support them.

 

This is not a charity local to Walsall but they provide some excellent advice for victims on their website (see the link below).  

Web: www.reducingtherisk.org.uk/cms/content/am-i-experiencing-domestic-abuse

Respect Phoneline For Perpetrators

The Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop. It helps male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.  

 

Partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as concerned friends and family and Frontline Workers are welcome to get in touch for information, advice and support  

 

Call: 0808 8024040 (Freephone)

Web:  www.respectphoneline.org.uk

Surviving Economic Abuse

The situation is changing rapidly in the UK as the government implements measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Recommended measures such as limiting social contact, not going to work and self-isolating at home can have implications if you are experiencing economic abuse. You may be worried about your physical safety and your economic situation.

 

This resource is designed to support your economic wellbeing and your safety if you are living with someone who abuses you. It also contains information on financial support that is available.

 

You are not alone, and support is available during these extraordinary times.

 

Click here for more information on economic abuse and the coronavirus.

 

Web: www.survivingeconomicabuse.org

 

Resources for Children and Young People

Childline

Childline provides free confidential advice and support for all young people up to 19 years old.  Whatever your worry, Childline counsellors are here to help. Speak to them by phone, online or email 24 hours a day.

 

Watch this video to see what happens when you call Childline. You’ll speak to someone who takes your details and puts you through to a counsellor.  The number won’t appear on any bill (landline and mobile).

 

Childline also has a free app called Zipit. If you’re feeling uncomfortable when someone’s trying to get you to send them naked images of yourself, Zipit helps you take control of the situation with smart comebacks to flirty requests.

 

However you're feeling, it can be great to express yourself and do things you enjoy. And that's where we come in. Take your mind off things with games, advice from our videos or find new ways to handle your emotions. And all in your handy toolbox.

 

Call: 0800 1111

Web: www.childline.org.uk

The Hideout

For children and young people - Stop domestic violence now

 

Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.

Web: www.thehideout.org.uk

 

Resources for Men

Man Kind Initiative

Our confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic abuse and male victims of domestic violence across the UK. 

We support men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).  This can range from actual violence or object throwing to mental abuse such as constant bullying or constant insults.

The helpline provides both emotional support and practical information.

We receive calls from male victims of domestic abuse across all age ranges and professions:

  • From dustmen and doctors, to, bankers and builders

  • From men in their 20s to men in their 80s

  • From men in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The helplines welcomes calls from mothers, sisters and friends of male victims seeking information.

Tel: 01823 334244

​Web: www.mankind.org.uk

Respect

Men’s Advice Line is a team of friendly Advisors who will listen and believe you. Our team are available to offer you non-judgmental support, practical advice and information.

 

Our focus is to increase the safety of men experiencing domestic abuse (and the safety of any children) by providing confidential support.

 

Responding to the demand during Covid-19 and having secured additional funding to increase capacity, from Tuesday 26 May male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them can contact the Men's Advice Line:

Tel: 0808 8010327

Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk

Webchat: www.mensadviceline.org.uk/contact-us

Opening Times:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 9am–8pm by phone or email

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am–8pm by phone and email, 10-11am and 3-4pm by webchat

  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am-12pm and 4-6pm by email

 

We are also working on adding useful resources on the Men's Advice Line website.

www.respectphoneline.org.uk/help-for-domestic-abuse-victims

Survivors UK

Survivors UK was established as a service for male survivors, to cater for people not provided for by other services. We are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that we are the right fit for them.

 

For people outside of London

If you’re able to travel to central London, regardless of where you live we can support you in our service, based in Shadwell. This extends to both individual counselling and groupwork.

 

We offer individual counselling for adult men (18 and over) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives.  We take self referrals only. 

 

You can self refer by contacting our online helpline service, our office line 0203 598 3898, by email via info@survivorsuk.org or by completing our online referral form here.

 

Note: Sexual violation includes both childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault/rape

 

Helpline Web Chat: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 20:00

Call: 02035 983 898
Email: help@survivorsuk.org

 

Resources for LGBTQ+

Galop

The Galop National, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Domestic Abuse Helpline: Provides confidential and specialist telephone and WebChat service for all members of LGBT communities, their family, friends and agencies supporting them who have experienced issues with domestic violence and abuse.  Domestic abuse can be psychological, financial, sexual, physical and/or emotional.  Need support? We’re here to help.

 

Call: 0300 999 5428 or Freephone 0800 999 5428

Email: advice@galop.org.uk or help@galop.org.uk

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

LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to LGBT communities.

 

This service is available to all people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, and anyone falling under the umbrella term of LGBT* such as queer, intersex, pansexual, non-binary or genderfluid, including those questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Our domestic abuse service offers support to individuals who are currently at risk of, or have previously experienced domestic abuse whether this is from a partner, ex-partner, or family member.

This service provides practical help and advice, and emotional support for those who have been, or currently are experiencing domestic abuse.

If you are aged 16 and over, and feel like you may be experiencing domestic abuse then this service could help you.

Call: 0345 330 3030 for advice, support and information

Website: www.lgbt.foundation

 

Resources for Disability

The Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is a national charity which exists to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. Through pioneering training, practice reviews and contributing to world-leading research, we support organisations to safeguard disabled children and adults at risk and minimise the risk of harm.

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. Everyone deserves to be safe.

 

Web: www.anncrafttrust.org/disability-domestic-abuse

Scope

Scope's helpline provides free, independent and impartial advice and support on issues that matter to disabled people and their families.

 

 

How our helpline can support you 

 

Our advisers can answer questions and talk you through a wide range of topics connected with disability, including:

  • benefits

  • finance

  • social care

  • work

  • equipment and assistive technology

  • housing and home adaptations

 

We can also point you to other information providers and Scope services in your local area.

Our online support and advice might also be helpful to you - www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support

 

 

Language translation

If you prefer to talk to us in another language, call on 08088 003 333 or email on helpline@scope.org.uk the helpline and tell us:

  • your name

  • preferred language

  • contact number

 

We'll call you back with an interpreter on the line.

 

British Sign Language

We offer video calls with British Sign Language interpreters.

 

 

What you can expect from the helpline

We will give you:

  • a polite, friendly, helpful and professional response

  • accurate information, based on evidence

  • information in your preferred format, where resources allow

  • confidentiality within Scope, unless we have to disclose your enquiry under our safeguarding or terrorism procedures

  • contacts of other agencies for specialist, local or ongoing advice

  • connections to other Scope services where appropriate

 

We will make sure that you:

  • feel safe and listened to

  • are treated with dignity and that we respect your beliefs and preferences

  • can give us feedback, positive or negative, to help us improve our service

 

Phone: 0808 800 3333

Textphone: dial 18001 then 0808 800 3333 (Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles)

Email: helpline@scope.org.uk

 

Open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm

Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm


You can also find out online at www.scope.org.uk/support/disabled-people/local-advice

SignHealth

Our domestic abuse service (previously known as DeafHope) is a unique, Deaf-led service for Deaf people who have or are experiencing domestic abuse. The service is the first and only one of its kind in the UK.

 

Our team of Deaf Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and Young People’s Violence Advisors (YPVAs) help bring Deaf people and their children to safety and empower them to build new lives free of fear.

 

Any contact we have with you will be kept confidential. We understand we work in a small community and trust is one of our key values. For more information, please read our privacy statement.

 

If you are in an abusive relationship or think you might be, please contact us.

 

Text: 88802 with the message 121SIGN
Text, WhatsApp or Facetime on 07970 350366

 

Email: da@signhealth.org.uk
Call: 020 3947 2601

Website: www.signhealth.org.uk/with-deaf-people/domestic-abuse

 

Other Resources

Advocacy

POhWER

Information, advice, support and advocacy services in England – to help your voice be heard.
0300 456 2370

VoiceAbility

If you need support, VoiceAbility will help you to speak up and be heard, have rights respects & be at the heart of decisions.
01223 555 800

Elder abuse

Action on Elder Abuse

Help and advice on all aspects of elder abuse.
080 8808 8141

National Dementia Helpline

Information, support and advice about dementia.
03002 221 122

Mental health

Thinkaction

Support for people with mild to severe mental health difficulties.
0300 012 0012

Mind infoline

Information on mental health and where to get help.
0300 123 3393

 

Female Genital Mutilation

This leaflet provides facts on the practice of FGM, which is illegal in the UK. It covers:

  • those communities most at risk of practising FGM (sometimes known as ‘sunna’)

  • the legal situation in the UK

  • the signs that a girl may have undergone FGM

  • health consequences

  • what to do if you think someone is at risk

  • what to do if you are at risk

 

For further information check out: www.gov.uk/government/publications/female-genital-mutilation-resource-pack/female-genital-mutilation-resource-pack

To view more videos from Woven Ink, visit: www.wovenink.co.uk/endfgm-animations

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