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Domestic Violence

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American Bar Association

Valuable information about a wide-range of domestic violence issues and extensive links to other resources and organizations.

The Family Law Act 1996

The Family Law Act 1996 was intended to revolutionise the divorce process. Parts of the Act have now been introduced, for example the provisions on Domestic Violence, whilst others have been shelved indefinitely.

Rights of Women

The organisation provides advice and information and undertakes policy and research on women and the law. There is an advice line on family matters, domestic and sexual violence, criminal matters, lesbian parenting, etc. the hours of which are as follows: 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm Tuesday-Thursday and 12noon-2pm Friday.
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RoW can be contacted at 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, by telephone on 020 7251 6577 or by


Panahghar, an Urdu word meaning 'Safe House', is a registered charity based in Coventry, England. It is a nationally respected agency with extensive experience in the provision of direct services primarily to Asian women, their children and families for the relief of poverty, physical and mental distress, domestic violence and abuse on a local, regional and national level. Importantly the site contains contacts and information for women experiencing abuse.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans is a registered charity based in the UK and Republic of Ireland that provides confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing; and that increases public awareness of issues around suicide and depression.

Telephone Helplines Association

Search for helplines and other useful organisations with this site’s database. Also included are organisations who do not run helplines but still provide information, advice and support on a range of issues.

Women's Aid Federation for England

Women's Aid is the national charity which promotes the protection of women and children experiencing domestic violence. Their updated website contains a wide range of invaluable information. The confidential helpline (08457 023 468), is open Mon- Fri 10 AM- 8PM, Sat 10 AM- 5 PM, soon to be 24 hours! It offers advice, refuge accommodation anywhere in England and, most importantly, someone who will listen.