HELP & SUPPORT

This is a working list of resources, much of which was provided by our friends at the Everyday Sexism Project . Please contact us if you have suggestions for organisations we should add. This list currently focuses on UK organisations, but it does include a link to an international inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organisations, searchable by country, with an index of domestic violence resources in over 70 languages.

 

SUPPORT FOR VAGINAS/VULVAS AND THEIR HEALTH

British Association for Sexual Health & HIV
http://www.bashh.org
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.

Brook
http://www.brook.org.uk/
Ask Brook: 0808 8021234
Provides free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people under 25.

Family Planning Association (FPA)
http://www.fpa.org.uk/
Confidential helpline: 0845 122 8690
Help, advice and information on sexual health, sex and relationships.

Herpes Information
http://www.herpes.org.uk
The leading herpes charity in the UK. Free, impartial advice.

NHS sexual health information
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealthtopics/Pages/Sexual-health-hub.aspx?WT.mc_id=110903
Find out about contraception, sex and young people, STIs, chlamydia, and good sex. Health information for people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

NHS vagina problems information
http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Vagina-problems-visual-guide.aspx
If you’ve got a problem down below, you really need to go to your GP or a sexual health clinic. In the meantime, here’s a visual guide to some vagina problems including herpes, lice and discharge.

Scarleteen
http://www.scarleteen.com/
Inclusive, comprehensive and smart sex, sexual health and sexuality information and help for people in their teens and 20s.

Terrence Higgins Trust
http://www.tht.org.uk/
Helpline: 0808 802 1221
Information on HIV/AIDS and safer sex.

 

SUPPORT FOR VAGINAS/VULVAS IN PAIN

NHS vaginitis information
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaginitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
An overview on vaginitis.

NHS vaginal thrush information
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Thrush/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Information regarding vaginal thrush.

Vulval Pain Society
http://www.vulvalpainsociety.org
You can read detailed information about vulvodynia, vestibulodynia (previously known as vulval vestibulitis), lichen sclerosus, and other vulval pain conditions.

 

SUPPORT FOR SELF-CONSCIOUS AND CURIOUS VAGINAS

The Clitoris.com
http://www.the-clitoris.com
Celebrating female sexual diversity.

Labia Library
http://www.labialibrary.org.au
Have you ever wondered is my vagina normal? Labia come in all shapes and sizes; a directory of labia.

Vulva Velvet
http://www.vulvavelvet.org
Vulva, labia, clitoris and vagina pictures. Celebrating diversity of vaginas.

 

SUPPORT FOR VAGINAS EXPERIENCING SEXUAL DIFFICULTIES

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
http://www.cosrt.org.uk/information-for-members-of-the-public/common-sexual-problems/
COSRT exists to support healthy, satisfying and rewarding personal relationships.  We understand that any partnership can run into difficulties occasionally, and that sometimes a bit of outside help can make all the difference.

NHS information on female sexual problems
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodsex/Pages/Femalesexualdysfunction.aspx
Many women have problems with sex at some stage in their life. Here’s a look at some forms of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) and advice on where to get help if FSD affects you.

OMGYes
http://www.omgyes.com
Explore the specific ways different women find pleasure based on new research. Refreshingly open & honest videos and a new way to try each technique, right on your touchscreen.

RELATE
http://www.relate.org.uk
We offer a range of services to help you with your couple and family relationships, whether you’re young or old, straight or gay, single or in a relationship.

Sh! Sex Store for women
https://www.sh-womenstore.com/
The first women’s sex shop in the UK, Sh! was founded in 1992 as an antidote to the sleazy, male-dominated sex industry of the time and has since driven the sea change that transformed views on female sexuality.

YES Natural Personal Lubricant
http://www.yesyesyes.org
Trusted personal lubricants, moisturisers and washes for intimate wellbeing. All YES products are guaranteed pure, natural and certified organic.

 

SUPPORT FOR WOMBS AFFECTED BY FIBROIDS

NHS information on fibroids
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibroids/Pages/Introduction.aspx
An overview on fibroids.

The British Fibroid Trust
Description, diagnosis of condition, and treatment for fibroids.

 

SUPPORT FOR VAGINAS AFFECTED BY FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, FORCED MARRIAGE AND ‘HONOUR’-BASED ABUSE

Karma Nirvana
http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/
Helpline: 0800 599 9247
Supports all victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

FORWARD
http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/resources/support
Helpline: +44 (0)20 8960 4000
Advice, support and specialist health care for girls and women affected by FGM. FORWARD is staffed by sensitive and approachable African women who as well as English speak Arabic and several other African languages.

Halo Project
http://www.haloproject.org.uk/
Helpline: 01642 683 045
Supporting victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage in the North East of England.

NHS FGM Information
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/female-genital-mutilation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Find out what FGM is and where to find help if you or someone you know is at risk.

NSPCC Free 24-hour FGM Telephone Helpline
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/resourcesforprofessionals/minorityethnic/female-genital-mutilation_wda96841.html
Helpline: 0800 028 3550
Advice and support to help protect UK children from female genital mutilation. Anyone who is worried about a child being or has been a victim of FGM can contact 0800 028 3550 for information and support.

 

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED RAPE AND/OR SEXUAL ASSAULT

The Havens
http://www.thehavens.org.uk/
Camberwell 020 3299 1599, Paddington 020 3312 1101, Whitechapel 020 7247 4787
Specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Information from NHS Direct on Help after Rape and Sexual Assault
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx
Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Information and advice about available support.

London Rape Crisis
http://www.rapecrisislondon.org
Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Support and services for women and girls, and information about support agencies for men.

Rape Crisis England and Wales
http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Frontline specialised, independent and confidential support services for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centres
http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Rape-and-sexual-assault-referral-centres/LocationSearch/364
Resource to find your nearest Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centre. These are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. They aim to be one-stop service, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault/rape and, in some locations, sexual health services. Medical Services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children.

 

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE

Galop
http://www.galop.org.uk
Helpline: 020 7704 2040
Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Jewish Women’s Aid
http://www.jwa.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 801 0500
The helpline offers legal, housing benefits information, befriending and counselling to Jewish women. For Jewish women who are experiencing domestic violence/abuse they have a refuge in Barnet.

NAPAC – National Association for People Abused in Childhood
http://www.napac.org.uk
Helpline: 0800 085 3330
NAPAC are a national organisation that has an info-line that refers people to relevant help groups/support in their area.

The National Centre for Domestic Violence
http://www.ncdv.org.uk/
Helpline: 0844 8044 999
Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

National Domestic Violence helpline
http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Women experiencing domestic violence – as well as their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf – can contact this nationwide helpline 24/7 for help and advice.

Nour Domestic Violence Support
http://nour-dv.org.uk/
Provides access to Islamic Advisors, Legal Advisors and also a team of professional advisors who offer health-related advice including counselling and psychological support.

Refuge
http://refuge.org.uk/
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Help for women and children facing domestic violence including refuges, psychological support, independent legal advocacy and services for minority ethnic women and children.

Scottish Women’s Aid
http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/
Helpline: 0800 027 1234
Information about finding a branch of Women’s Aid near you in Scotland and available support services.

Victim Support
http://www.victimsupport.org.uk
Supportline: 0845 30 30 900
Free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime. Also supports witnesses of crime.

Welsh Women’s Aid
http://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/
24 hour helpline: 0808 80 10 800
Information about available support services and legal protection.

Women’s Aid
http://www.womensaid.org.uk/default.asp
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
National domestic violence charity offering information and support, as well as details of support organisations in your local area and information for supporting a friend facing domestic violence.

Women and Girls’ Network
http://www.wgn.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 801 0770
Counselling and support to help women and girls recover from violence.

 

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED PREGNANCY AND ABORTION

British Pregnancy Advisory Service
http://www.bpas.org/bpaswoman
Information and advice: 08457 30 40 30
Help and support for women on unplanned pregnancies and abortion.

Marie Stopes International
http://mariestopes.rtrk.co.uk/?scid=112008&kw=4683756&pub_cr_id=20380854881
24 hour information line: 0845 564 2759
Safe, supportive and non-judgmental advice and help from expert clinics. Marie Stopes supports a woman’s choice to continue with her pregnancy or have an abortion.

National Childbirth Trust
http://www.nct.org.uk/pregnancy
Helpline: 0300 330 0700
For practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding.

 

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE MENOPAUSE

NHS menopause information
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Menopause/Pages/Introduction.aspx
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Read more about the symptoms, causes and treatments.

Menopause Matters
http://www.menopausematters.co.uk/
Menopause and treatment options. An independent, clinician-led site aiming to provide accurate information about the menopause.

 

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES

Body Dysmorphic Disorder
http://www.bddfoundation.org
The BDD Foundation is a charity devoted to helping BDD sufferers.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
http://www.bacp.co.uk
Details of counsellors and therapists working in London and elsewhere in the UK.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
http://www.cosrt.org.uk
COSRT exists to support healthy, satisfying and rewarding personal relationships.  We understand that any partnership can run into difficulties occasionally, and that sometimes a bit of outside help can make all the difference.

The Depression Alliance
http://www.depressionalliance.org/
Information and support services for people suffering from depression.

Mind
http://www.mind.org.uk/
Helpline: 0300 123 3393
Mental health charity offering advice and support.

RELATE
http://www.relate.org.uk
We offer a range of services to help you with your couple and family relationships, whether you’re young or old, straight or gay, single or in a relationship.

Samaritans
http://www.samaritans.org
Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours)
Talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.

SANE
http://www.sane.org.uk
SANELINE telephone: 0845 767 8000 0845 767 8000
One of the UK’s leading charities concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness.

 

SUPPORT FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BI, TRANS AND QUEER PEOPLE

Broken Rainbow
http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/
Helpline: 0300 999 5428
National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline providing confidential support to all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them.

Galop
http://www.galop.org.uk
Helpline: 020 7704 2040
Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Gendered Intelligence
http:/www.genderedintelligence.co.uk
Gendered Intelligence work predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

Gender Trust
http://www.gendertrust.org.uk/
Supporting all those affected by gender identity issues.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
http://www.llgs.org.uk/
Helpline: 0300 330 0630
Providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.

Mermaids UK
http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk
Helpline: 08443 340 550
Provides family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues 08443 340550.

The Beaumont Society
http://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk
Helpline: 01582 412 220
A national self-help body for trans women and those who cross-dress.

Regard
http://www.regard.org.uk/
National organisation of Disabled Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgendered People.

 

SUPPORT FOR BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC PEOPLE

Asian Women’s Resource Centre
http://www.asianwomencentre.org.uk
Advice and information.

BAWSO
http://www.bawso.org.uk/
24-hour helpline: 0800 731 8147
Providing practical and emotional support to people affected by domestic abuse and other forms of violence, including Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, Human Trafficking & Prostitution primarily from BME communities. Bawso provide secure accommodation and support to Black and Ethnic Minority women and children in Wales who are at risk of or suffering domestic abuse.

Black Women’s Health and Family Support
http://www.bwhafs.com/
Helpline: 0208 980 3503
Offers a wide range of help and support services for black women and their families.

Chinese Information and Advice Centre
http://www.ciac.co.uk
Provides support and information for Chinese people living in the UK. Also runs Sunflower Support Programme for children and teenagers affected by domestic violence.

East European Advice Centre
http://www.easteuropeanadvicecentre.org.uk/
Helpline: 020 8741 1288
Advice service for Eastern Europeans. Offers English, Polish, and Russian languages, but works with most Eastern European nationals.

Muslim Community Helpline
http://muslimcommunityhelpline.org.uk/
Helpline: 0208 904 8193 or 0208 908 6715
Confidential, non-judgemental listening and support service. Telephone counselling service for Muslim men and women.

Nour Domestic Violence Support
http://nour-dv.org.uk/
Provides access to Islamic Advisors, Legal Advisors and also a team of professional advisors who offer health-related advice including counselling and psychological support.

Nowe życie bez przemocy (A new life without violence)
http://www.nowezyciebezprzemocy.co.uk/
Information for victims of domestic violence who are Polish and who live in England and Wales.

Southall Black Sisters
http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
Helpline: 0208 571 0800
Campaigning, information and advice for women.

Women’s Aid
http://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-violence-survivors-handbook.asp?section=000100010008000100350001
Information about domestic violence for women from black and ethnic minority communities.

 

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

Equality & Human Rights Commission
http://www.equalityhumanrights.com
Disability Helpline – England 0845 604 6610, Scotland 0845 604 5510, Wales 0845 604 8810
Advice and information for people living with disabilities.

Regard
http://www.regard.org.uk/
National organisation of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Transgendered people living with disabilities.

Respond
http://www.respond.org.uk
Helpline: 020 7383 0700
Helps children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy and other support.

Scope
http://www.scope.org.uk/help-and-information
Freephone: 0808 800 3333
Free, impartial and expert information, advice and support for people living with disabilities, their families and carers.

UK Disability Forum
http://www.edfwomen.org.uk/abuse.htm
This section of the UK Disability Forum website gives information for women living with disabilities about getting help to tackle violence and abuse.

 

SUPPORT FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Age Concern
http://www.ageconcern.org.uk
Information line: 0800 169 6565
Advice and information for older people.

Action on Elder Abuse
http://www.elderabuse.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 808 8141
Information and support for anyone concerned about the abuse of older people.

 

INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE AGENCIES LIST

http://www.hotpeachpages.net/
An international inventory of hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centres and women’s organizations, searchable by country, plus index of domestic violence resources in over 70 languages.

 

The header image is taken from “The Great Wall of Vagina” by Jamie McCartney and is reproduced with the kind permission of the artist.

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