Domestic Abuse Support and Information
Support services and the police have been working to keep victims and survivors safe throughout the pandemic. If you are affected by domestic abuse and are unable to leave your home to access support due to COVID-19, there is support available. Services continue to be available as we go into the second national lockdown. The domestic abuse service within the City of London is still running, with support being provided over the phone. Please call Victim Support on 07944 634946 or email Victim Support (this service operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).
Call 101 for the police if it is not an emergency.
24-hour support lines
The National Domestic Abuse Helpline can help you find a refuge vacancy for you and your children. They can also support you to find other specialist services in your community, which can provide support whether or not you have left your partner. Call 0808 2000 247.
Contact Victim Supportline for free and confidential support on 0808 16 89 111 or use their free online chat service.
Women’s Aid have live webchats available 10am to 12pm, Monday to Friday.
If you are worried about a child, please call Children’s Social Care on
- 020 7332 3621 – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
- 020 8356 2710 – at all other times, including weekends and bank holidays
- In an emergency, call the police on 999.
Spotting the Signs of Abuse 2020 PDF (2MB)Date submitted: 7/20/20
This guide offers practical support for managers when a member of their staff has been identified as a victim of domestic abuse.
The Community Safety team and the City of London Police have pulled together the following videos around sexual violence and abuse.
- Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week
- You will be believed if you report sexual assault or rape
- What is the role of a SOIT (Sexual Offences Investigative Trained) Officer
- You are not alone
- Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week is over but support is available all year round.
Many pharmacies across the UK, including Boots, Superdrug and independent pharmacies have signed up to the government’s Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) scheme, offering people affected by domestic abuse a place to seek support and advice. Pharmacies involved with the scheme will have displayed a poster in their window or at the pharmacy.
The Boots pharmacies within the City of London that are currently taking part in this scheme are:
- 138-140 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 6BL
- 104 Cheapside, EC2V 6DN
- 21 One New Change, EC4M 9AG
- 143 Moorgate, EC2M 6XQ
- 11 Octagon Arcade, EC2M 2AB
- 200 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR
- 88 Aldgate High St, EC3N 1LH
Solace Early Intervention and Prevention projects are building a collective of young people to speak out against violence in their communities through awareness-raising group programmes and advocacy support. You can find more information and contact details on the Solace website. Please contact Solace if you would like to make a referral.
All Boots branches across the UK now provide a safe space for victims of domestic abuse, with information about and access to support services. Find your nearest Boots store by using the NHS “Find a Pharmacy” tool. If the opening times are unavailable, this means that the store is temporarily closed.
Male victims and survivors of domestic abuse in London, who are looking to flee and who have the tools to manage their own tenancy, are able to access crisis accommodation within and outside of London.
This is being provided by Victim Support, in partnership with Shelter and social justice charity Nacro, with funding from MOPAC (the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime).
In addition to crisis accommodation, specialist domestic abuse support and longer-term housing support can also be provided.
The crisis accommodation will be provided for up to three months, and longer-term housing options will be sought during this time by the assigned IDVA and Nacro Housing Support Worker. Shelter is also providing specialist support within this partnership, and will provide clients with more complex housing cases to ensure all men are supported.
For information and help to access this support, please contact the London Victim and Witness Service on 0808 168 9291, or email the project's Senior Operations Manager.
The Sanctuary Scheme is a free scheme available to anyone living in the City of London, or in a City of London property. The aim of the scheme is to protect victims of domestic abuse and to help them to stay in their own homes, whilst also acknowledging when this is not a safe option for the victim. The scheme is co-ordinated through the City of London homelessness team, in partnership with City of London Police.
Sanctuary Safe Room
A Sanctuary Safe Room (installed only in a home where the perpetrator no longer resides) can be installed along with a range of other security features aimed at delaying unlawful entry and allowing time for the emergency services to arrive.
Sanctuary Scheme Guidance
Vulnerable Victims Advocate: 07944634946 / 0808 16 89 111
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Victim Supportline: 0808 16 89 111
Galop (LGBT+ service): 0800 999 5428
Solace: 0808 802 5565
Karma Nirvana (Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage): 0800 5999 247
Asian Women’s Resource Centre: 020 8961 6549
Southall Black Sisters: 0208 571 9595
IKWRO (Iranian and Kurdish women): 0207 920 6460
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 8010327
Respect (support for perpetrators): 0808 8024040
Sign Health DA Project: Text or WhatsApp/Facetime 07970 350366
LAWRS (Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese service): 020 7336 0888
Rights of Women (free legal advice)
Hestia (Employee helpline): 0203 8793695
CityAdvice: 0207 3922 919
Sanctuary Scheme Referral Process PDF (100KB)Date submitted: 11/16/20
Please use the City of London Sanctuary Scheme Referral Process as guidance of how to make a referral.
Sanctuary Scheme Referral Form PDF (100KB)Date submitted: 11/16/20
Please use the City of London Sanctuary Scheme Referral Form and refer to the Process to make a referral.
Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy 2019-23 PDF (1MB)Date submitted: 6/29/20
Our aim is that the Square Mile is free from Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and is a place that is safe for everyone to live, work, learn and visit.