Launch of 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline
A 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline has been set up. The helpline began operating in 2005 for victims of domestic violence, but now also offers a support service to victims of sexual violence. It includes a confidential telephone, email and text service.
Information and support
It is widely believed that, as well as reported cases of domestic and sexual violence, there are many more cases that remain unreported. Whether through intimidation, abuse or violence, victims feel unable or unwilling to confide in someone about what they have to endure.
For many, contacting the helpline is the first step on the journey to secure protection and a safe environment free from fear and harm.
The 24-hour helpline, which is available to all victims of domestic and sexual violence regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality, can be contacted on:
- phone: 0808 802 1414
The helpline provides information and directs victims to the most relevant and effective support available. It is hoped that this support will help provide victims with the determination to work with the criminal justice agencies in order to obtain justice for the terrible crimes they have been subjected to.
Further information on help available for victims of domestic and sexual violence can be found at the page below:
The helpline is managed by the Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland.
More useful links
- Protecting yourself and your child from domestic abuse (crime, justice and the law section)
- Domestic violence (young people section)
- Sexual violence (health and well-being section)
- Victims and witnesses of crime (crime, justice and the law section)
- Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland (contacts section)