urgent help

IF YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE IS IN DANGER RING 999.

This page details all the Urgent Help available across Northern Ireland relating to Domestic or Sexual Abuse. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PSNI  are here to protect and provide urgent help and support anybody who is suffering domestic abuse.  They will

  • Fully investigate any incident that has occurred and take action against the perpetrator, if there is sufficient evidence.
  • Protect you and your children from immediate or further harm.
  • Provide information in relation to criminal proceedings and police procedure.
  • Provide information on local domestic abuse support agencies that can give emotional and practical assistance.
  • Non urgent ring 101
  • Immediate assistance required ring 999 
Logo on Urgent Help Page

Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS)

The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme gives members of the public a ‘Right to Ask’, a formal mechanism to make enquiries about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent or abusive towards their partner.

For full information and to make an application go to Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme (DVADS)

Other urgent help support available:

Men experiencing Domestic Abuse can contact MAP on

Belfast 028 90241 929

L’Derry 028 7116 0001

WOMEN’S AID provides services and refuges for women and children across Northern Ireland affected by Domestic Abuse.

Emergency Contraception, GP Out of Hours & GUM Clinics: for emergency info click here

SEXUAL ABUSE, RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT URGENT HELP

THE ROWAN (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

Based at Antrim Area Hospital The Rowan provides 24/7 services to children, young people and adults who have been raped or sexually assaulted.  It provides forensic medical examination, clinical assessment, sexual health screening and treatment, signposting to counselling and other support services, emotional support and follow-up support.

Phone : 0800 389 4424

PSNI are responsible for investigating sexual crime and have specialised Rape Crime Units and Public Protection Units.

If you are concerned or want advice Phone 101

If you need immediate assistance contact 999

NSPCC

The NSPCC helpline is a place adults can contact by phone or online to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish. 

For concerned adults: 0808 800 5000

Social Services & Children’s Gateway

Emergency Help information information

Urgent Emergency Medical Help including contraception, GP out of hours & GUM clinics

Emergency Help information information

ADVICE FOR CHILDREN

We accept calls from children who have questions, are worried or who are experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.

Childline is a specialised service for children & can offer counselling.

Childline can also help with removal of explicit images of children online.

0800 1111

Contact Childline online

ONLINE SAFETY

Net Aware

From Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and Tumblr a simple no-nonsense guide for parents from NSPCC and O2 to the social media, apps and games that kids use

Report Child Abuse Images

Internet Watch Foundation work internationally to make the internet a safer place, use the online reporting tool and find out more about IWF.

 

CEOP

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors by visiting their website

Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.

MENTAL HEALTH OR SUICIDE CONCERNS

The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline is for  giving advice, support and referral to anyone affected or concerned about domestic or sexual abuse.  Often victims can suffer mental health issues as a result of their abuse.   We can offer support and advice but we do not provide counselling services through the helpline. We may, then recommend more specialised services. 

Lifeline is the NI crisis response helpline for all ages and offers a 24/7 helpline 0808 808 800

Lifeline website