Forced marriage and school holidays

As the school holidays approach and travel restrictions are lifted, there is a risk of children being taken abroad, and being forced to marry. Forced marriage is illegal.

We need to stay alert to Signs of children and young people being in potential danger of Forced Marriage. It is important to act quickly, without alerting family members or friends who may be part of the plans.

Find out how to get help

Support for male victims and survivors


Support organisations


Provides free, confidential, practical and emotional support to high-risk victims of domestic violence living in Tower Hamlets. Including advocacy, referral and information. The domestic violence does not have to have been reported to the police.

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) offer one-to-one support and referrals to other specialist agencies e.g. counselling. IDVAs also provide safety planning and risk assessment for domestic violence cases. They liaise with criminal justice agencies and housing services to increase safety and will submit third party reports to police if requested by the client.

Victim Support also provides specialist service for victims of serious and violent crime, i.e. hate crime, sexual assault, GBH, ABH.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 020 3795 5064 


Secure email:

 SASS referral form

Men's Advice Line

A confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

They are a team of skilled professionals offering practical advice, information and emotional support to male victims of domestic violence, as well as to concerned friends and family and frontline workers. The service is run and managed by Respect.

Helpline calls:  Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm

Helpline emails: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Webchat: Wednesday, 10 - 11.30am and Thursday, 2 - 4pm.

Tel: 0808 801 0327

London Survivors Gateway

Offers victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse help to access specialist services in London. They provide information on what help is available in London after rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence and offer support to access these services. They work with anyone aged 13 or above regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, language, ethnicity or immigration status.

Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Tel: 0808 801 0860

The Children’s Society’s

A national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.

They deliver a selection of pan-London services to young men at risk of or who have experienced CSE and trafficking or who may be missing. They also provide advocacy & emotional wellbeing services as well as providing support for refugee & migrant young people.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 0300 303 7000


ManKind Initiative

Offers a confidential helpline for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former partner (including same-sex partners).

Tel: 01823 334244


24-hour confidential emotional support for anyone experiencing distress or despair, including those who may feel suicidal.

Tel: 116 123


Karma Nirvana

Provides immediate and on-going support via a helpline to individuals affected by “Honour” based abuse and forced marriage, regardless of age, gender or background. They are a source of practical support, offering options and guidance to those who need it. They also continue to break the silence and raise awareness through various educational and training services.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 0800 5999247


Safeline National Male Survivor Helpline

A dedicated service for men and boys in England and Wales affected by rape or sexual abuse. As well as those that support them such as friends and family.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tuesday and Thursday, 8am to 8pm

Saturday 10am to 2pm

Tel: 0808 800 5005

Text Support: 07860 065187


Live Chat is also available

Survivors UK

Provides a national online helpline, individual and group counselling for boys, men and non-binary people aged 13+ who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Services on offer include:

  • emotional support through the justice system,
  • support for friends and families of survivors, and
  • training for professionals and organisations.

Survivors UK is currently operating entirely remotely.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday, 9.30am to 5pm

Helpline Web Chat

Monday – Sunday, 12 to 8pm

Tel: 0203 598 3898


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VAWG service directory

You can find lots of other useful services on the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) service directory homepage.