National Domestic Violence Helpline

The National Domestic Violence Helpline provides confidential support and information to women and children affected by domestic violence. Information and support is also provided to friends and family seeking to support women and children who are experiencing, or who have experienced domestic violence.

The 24 hour freephone Helpline number is 0808 2000 247 and is operated by Women’s Aid ( and Refuge (

Respect Phoneline

The Respect Phoneline is an information and advice line for people who are abusive towards their partners. This Phoneline is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 am - 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

United Kingdom: 0845 122 8609
Text 07624 818 326


The Drinkaware website helps those who are worried about their drinking and provides information on responsible drinking. The website is operated by the Drinkaware Trust.

T: 020 7307 7450


The Samaritans offer help by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of their branches. They are available in the UK and Ireland.

There are many other places and people to seek help from. Sometimes just talking to someone helps – a trusted friend, your doctor or someone from your church or faith community can be a great support.

Report a loan shark

Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high interest rates and often take advantage of gamblers, sometimes targeting victims while they gamble. You can check if a company is authorised to lend money and report loan sharks anonymously using the links on this government website.