Domestic Abuse information and Support for Practitioners

Domestic Abuse information and Support for Practitioners


NSPCC FGM Helpline
Telephone: 0808 028 3550
Free, anonymous dedicated FGM helpline for anyone worried a child is at risk of or has already had FGM.

National FGM Centre
The National FGM Centre is a partnership between Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association. It was established in 2015 to achieve change in the provision of services for children and their families who are affected by FGM. In 2017, the focus of their work was extended to include Breast Ironing/Flattening and Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief. Their website includes a knowledge hub with information, guidance and resources for practitioners and information about training.

SafeLives is a UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. Their website has various resources for professionals including:
• News and views
• Policy and practice blogs
• Spotlights series which focuses on groups of survivors who may be 'hidden' from services or face additional barriers to accessing support. Each Spotlight brings together insight from survivors, practitioners, academics and other experts.
• Training

Drive / Respect webchat and portal
Live webchat every Mon (2 pm to 4 pm), Wed (10 am to 12 pm) and Thu (2 pm to 4 pm)
Drive, in partnership with Respect, offers support and guidance for professionals working with high-harm, high-risk perpetrators of domestic abuse via webchat, email and a professional community portal. The portal provides access to materials for professionals who work in frontline domestic abuse services, social work, policing, probation, health, substance misuse, housing or other services that work with perpetrators of domestic abuse. It also provides information about relevant events and webinars. To get a password to access the materials on the website and join the mailing list, professionals can email

Rights of Women Professionals’ Advice Line
Telephone: 020 8138 8028 (Operates fortnightly, check the website for the schedule)
Immigration advice for non-legal professionals supporting vulnerable migrant women. Professionals may also be interested in joining the Women’s Migration and Asylum Network.

Southall Black Sisters
SBS run a remote online advice surgery for agencies and professionals who work with clients who have immigration problems and are subject to No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). The surgery will take place every Wednesday, 10 am to 11 am, and is open to inquiries from any agency/professional operating in England. The surgery will be useful to agencies looking for additional support/advice for their clients and will help to build their capacity to work in this area. Visit the website to book a slot with an advisor.