In case of an emergency, call 999.
NetworkING AND MEETING LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
If you want to meet like-minded individuals you can contact the following to find out about meetings, events and meet-ups close to you or network virtually via web forums:
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain: Web forum: http://www.councilofexmuslims.com/
Ex-Muslims London Meet-up Group: http://www.meetup.com/exmuslim-34/
International Humanist and Ethical Union affiliated groups: http://www.iheu.org/contacts?sort=asc&order=Country+or+region
National Secular Society Affiliated Groups: http://www.secularism.org.uk/join-an-affiliated-group.html
Richard Dawkins Web forum: http://forum.richarddawkins.net/
Richard Dawkins Website listing of local groups in your area: http://richarddawkins.net/localGroups
British Humanist Association Affiliated Groups: http://www.humanism.org.uk/meet-up/groups
If you need help or want advice, you can contact any of the following organisations:
All Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 8010 800
This service provides information, support, and help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to women experiencing domestic abuse. It can refer women and their children to refuges throughout the UK.
Ann Craft Trust
0115 951 5400www.anncrafttrust.org
Ann Craft Trust offers advice to professionals, parents, carers and family members on issues relating to the protection of vulnerable children and adults.
Asian Family Counselling Service
This is a national service offering counselling on marital and family issues. Telephone counselling is also available.
BAWSO Women’s Aid – (Wales)
0800 731 8147www.bawso.org.uk
It provides a specialist service to women and children made homeless through a threat of domestic abuse or fleeing domestic abuse in Wales. They have purpose built refuges across Wales. They also provide emotional and practical support for women living in social housing. The service is accessible 24 hrs a day.
020 8514 1177
This is a national counselling line for children, young people and adults on any issue including family, marital and relationship problems, child abuse, rape and sexual assault, depression and anxiety.
This service is for any child or young person with a problem.
Citizens Advice Bureauwww.citizensadvice.org.uk
The Citizens Advice Bureau offers information and advice on a wide range of subjects including consumer rights, debt, benefits, housing, employment, immigration, family and personal matters.
029 2046 2222www.cliconline.co.uk
CLIC is the national information and advice service for young people in Wales aged 11–25 to help them make informed decisions in their lives.
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
The CEMB provides information to ex-Muslims who have renounced religion. It also provides letters of support for asylum seeking ex-Muslims.
Forced Marriage Websitewww.forcedmarriage.net
This website provides advice, information and contacts to help young people who fear they may be forced to marry or those who are already in a forced marriage.
020 8960 4000www.forwarduk.org.uk
This service is dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the health and rights of African girls and women, in particular female genital mutilation and forced and child marriage.
Henna Foundation operates a one stop service that works to meet the needs, concerns and aspirations of Asian children and families.
0800 5999 247www.karmanirvana.org.uk
The Honour Network helpline provides emotional and practical support and advice for victims and survivors of forced marriage and/or honour based violence and abuse.
Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation
0207 490 0303 (9.30-5.00) or 07862 733511 (24hrs)www.ikwro.org.uk
IKWRO provides advice, support, advocacy and referrals in Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, Dari and Farsi to women, girls and couples living in Britain, in particular with regards domestic violence, forced marriage and honour-based violence.
020 7520 1430www.languageline.co.uk
This service can provide an interpreter on the telephone immediately in 100 different languages, 24 hours a day. This is not a free service.
Local Women’s Aid www.womensaid.org.uk
Women's Aid is a national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. They support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327www.mensadviceline.org.uk
This service provides a helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
0208 5192122 (legal helpline)www.mind.org.uk
MIND is a mental health charity working for a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.
National Domestic Violence helpline
0808 2000 247
0808 800 5000 (helpline)
0800 056 0566 (text phone)www.nspcc.org.uk
This 24-hour helpline provides information, advice and counselling to anyone concerned about a child at risk of abuse.
One Law for All
0800 046 7303 www.onelawforall.org.uk
The One Law for All advice help line provides general and legal advice against decisions made by Sharia or other religious tribunals and councils in Britain and suggests referrals.
0808 808 0700 (helpline)
020 7383 0700 (admin line)www.respond.org.uk
Respond provides a range of services to victims of sexual abuse who have learning disabilities and those who have been affected by other trauma.
Reunite International Child Abduction Centre
0116 2555345 (admin line)
0116 2556234 (advice line)www.reunite.org
Reunite specialises in international parental child abduction. It operates a 24-hour advice line providing advice, support and information to parents, family members and guardians who have had a child abducted or who fear abduction.
08457 90 90 90www.samaritans.org
This is a 24-hour helpline that provides confidential support to any person in emotional distress.
0808 800 4444www.shelter.org.uk
This service provides emergency access to refuge services.
Southall Black Sisters
020 8571 9595www.southallblacksisters.org.uk
This is a resource centre offering information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling, and support to women experiencing domestic abuse.
0845 30 30 900www.victimsupport.org
Victim Support offers information and support to victims of crime, whether or not they have reported the crime to the police.
0845 122 8695www.voiceuk.org.uk
Voice UK is a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experienced crime or abuse.
Our thanks go to Capital Community Foundation which funded this report and to the Forced Marriages Unit which provided much of the information used.
The report was compiled by Maryam Namazie and edited by Muriel Seltman.
A publication of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, May 2010