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Further Resources

Witness Charter Code of Practice for Victims Court Walkthrough

Where can I go for further help?

You may have been through a very difficult and traumatic time in your experience as a victim and you may need further help now that the hearing is over. Where do you go?

Victim Support is available to you all the time. Victim Support is an independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. They provide free and confidential support and information to help you deal with their experience as a victim.

For confidential advice telephone 0845 30 30 900

Other organisations

Other National organisations directly relating to your situation could also help:

Childline is the United Kingdom’s free telephone helpline for young people in danger or distress.
Telephone: 0800 1111

Court Witness Liaison Officers:
All Crown Courts, magistrates’ courts and youth courts have Witness Liaison Officers. These officers provide a dedicated point of contact and information for all witnesses (prosecution, defence, and child witnesses) to try to ensure that they are and feel, safe, informed, valued and appreciated. Contact the court (Link to CourtFinder) at which you will be giving evidence to speak to the relevant officer.

Crown Prosecution Service:
The CPS is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police.

Confidential advice on drugs.
Telephone: 0800 776600
Text Phone: 0800 917 8765
Text: 82111

London Lesbian and Gay switchboard
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard was founded on March 4th, 1974.
They aim to provide an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people from all backgrounds throughout the United Kingdom.
Helpline: 020 7837 7324
Text Phone: 020 7689 8501

Man2Man: 020 8698 9649
Provides emotional support, practical advice, legal advice, advice on housing, injunctions etc

M.A.L.E. Domestic Violence Project: 0845 064 6800
Provides emotional support on its helpline and local support in Devon for gay, bisexual and transgender people.

M.I.S.T.E.R. X: 01689 854343 Helpline
Provides support services for all males who are victims of violence and sexual assaults. Provide counselling, mentoring, advice, information, mediation, legal and referral services

National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Aim is to protect children from cruelty, to support vulnerable families, to campaign for changes to the law and to raise awareness about abuse.
Help for children & young people – ChildLine 0800 1111
Help for adults – 0808 800 5000

The Race Relations Act 1976 was introduced to give protection to people against discrimination on grounds of their race, ethnic or national origin.

Rape Crisis
This website aims to provide the basic information that survivors of sexual violence, friends and family need to access the services they need.
General E-mail:

Rights of Woman:
A voluntary organisation committed to informing, educating and empowering woman on the law and their legal rights.
Sexual Violence Legal Advice Line: 020 7251 8887
Advice Line: 020 7251 6577
Text Phone: 020 7490 2562

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Confidential emotional support 24 hours a day.
Telephone: 08457 909090
National Minicom: 08457 909192

Stonewall is renowned for its campaigning and lobbying. Some major successes include helping achieve the equalisation of the age of consent, lifting the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the military, securing legislation allowing same–sex couples to adopt and the repeal of Section 28. More recently Stonewall has helped secure civil partnerships and ensured the recent Equality Act protected lesbians and gay men in terms of goods and services


Southall Black Sisters
Southall Black Sisters is a not-for-profit organisation, was established in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian and African–Caribbean) women. Their aim is to highlight and challenge violence against women; empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence; and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom. 
Helpline: 020 8571 0800
General Enquiries: 020 8571 9595

SupportLine Telephone Helpline: 01708 765200,
SupportLine provides emotional support and befriending to children, young people and adults by telephone, email and post. on a wide variety of issues including support to male victims of domestic violence. They can also provide information on helplines and counsellors throughout the UK. Especially useful for sign posting to relevant agencies- they contain a list of organisations who are specialist in Ethnic Minority Groups

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
If you have been injured because of a crime of violence you can apply for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The scheme deals with injuries suffered in Great Britain – that is, England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has its own scheme.

For further information please see the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority website: or contact 0800 358 3601

The Mankind Initiative
The ManKind Initiative is a charity providing help and information to male victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence.
Email address:
Web address:
Helpline number:01823 334 244
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm & 7pm - 9pm.


Victim Support Male Helpline: 0800 328 3623
Helpline for male victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse

Voice UK:
Voice UK is an organisation, which supports people with learning difficulties who have experienced crime or abuse.
Helpline: 080 8802 8686
Helpline text number: 07797 800 642

Witness Service:
The Witness Service (part of Victim Support – see above) is situated in every criminal court in England and Wales to give information and support to witnesses, victims, their families and friends when they go to court. Telephone: 0845 30 30 900 Website:

A national charity for women and children suffering domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Woman's Aid
A national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Welsh Women's Aid
A Welsh charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.
Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 80 10 800

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