This is a list of organisations who may be able to provide further information or assistance. Please note this is not a comprehensive list. Clicking on the links will take you to an external website and Galop cannot be responsible for the content of any of these. We do aim to keep this list as up to date as we can but if you find a broken link or know of information which is out of date please let us know.
General Hate Crime
Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential reporting services for people affected by Hate Crime including those motivated by hostility towards your disability; race, ethnicity or nationality; religion, faith or belief; sexual orientation or gender identity. You can report 24 hours a day by phone 0800 138 1625, SMS 07717 989 025, or on the website www.stophateuk.org. The services cover several areas of the UK including some London Boroughs. The full list can be found on the website.
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people throughout the United Kingdom.
Provides services including: Counselling ; Support Groups ; Social Groups ; A library on LGBT issues ; Free information on HIV and AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Telephone Helpline – 020 7837 3337
Responds to the emotional, mental and physical health needs of lesbians and gay men in the greater London area.
Counselling Helpline 020 7697 0014
Low cost, self-referral counseling service for LGB people based in East London. All counseling is provided on a one to one basis around any issue.
Telephone 020 8509 3898
National charity supporting people affected by crime. Although not solely for LGBT people, they do offer an LGBT service.
Victim Supportline 0845 30 30 900
Rape & Sexual Assault
The Havens are a 24/7 hospital based service offering care to all victims of rape and sexual assault in London; women, men and children. They see victims who are not yet ready to involve the police and provide services including treatment of minor injuries, recovery of DNA evidence Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention & treatment, emotional support and access to specialist advisers in a warm, friendly, confidential and quiet environment. The specially trained staff have experience with LGBT clients.
For more information or to make an appointment, you can call:
The Haven – Paddington (for NW London) – 020 7886 1101
The Haven – Whitechapel (for NE London) – 020 7247 4787
The Haven – Camberwell (for all of South London) – 020 3299 1599
Offers details of Rape Crisis Centres which offer support, counseling and reporting facilities mainly for women.
Comprehensive information about sexual assault and rape and where to go to get help.
www.met.police.uk/sapphire – general
Information, support and counseling for men who have experienced sexual assault or rape.
Helpline 0845 122 1201
Listening, information and signposting Helpline Service, staffed by LGBT people.
Helpline 0300 999 5428
Survivors of Lesbian Partnerships Abuse
Helpline 020 7328 7389 (ask for SOLA)
Opendoor Housing Trust
Housing and support for gay men escaping domestic and homophobic violence. 18-65 years old.
Helpline 020 8743 2165
Support and help for women and children experiencing domestic violence. This is not specifically an LGBT organisation
Helpline 0808 2000 247
Provides housing advice and supported housing for LGBT people.
Adviceline 020 7359 5767
Discussion/support group for all members of the ‘trans’ community, whatever their gender identity (or identities) and whatever stage in their ‘transition’ they have reached (if at all).
The Gender Trust
The largest Registered Charity helping adults throughout the UK who are Transsexual, Gender Dysphoric or Transgender. Provides information, advice and training. National Helpline: 0845 231 0505
Albert Kennedy Trust
Supporting young LGBT people who are experiencing housing problems or abuse at home.
Helpline 020 7831 65
Police & Legal Rights
Independent Police Complaints Commission
Independent body investigating and processing complaints made against the police.
Enquiries 08453 002 002 (local rate)
Community Legal Service Direct
Access free quality legal help and information. Find a solicitor or legal adviser in your area, check if you are eligible for legal aid, or find advice from one of over 300 carefully selected websites.
Rights of Women
Legal information and factsheets for women. Operates a free legal advice line for women staffed by women.
Helpline 020 7251 6577 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone)
Index of Gay Law
A concise up-to-date summary of the law by Solicitor, Clive Sanders, hosted by Gay Times.
The Site www.thesite.org
Full Force www.full-force.co.uk
Law Rights www.lawrights.co.uk
Liberty Human Rights www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk
Free Legal Advice for the Gay Community in London. Once a month, advice sessions are dedicated to clients from the LGBT community. The Legal Advice Centre is committed to offering both a welcoming and confidential environment for members of the LGBT community when seeking free legal advice. It is open during term time only.
Please note that this section is for reference only. Galop is not able to endorse the services offered by any organisations listed here.
The Pink Practice
Counselling and Psychotherapy for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities .
020 7060 4000
Independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
The leading professional body for counselling and psychotherapy and reference point for anyone seeking information on counselling and psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. (Not LGBT specific).
Support network and directory of UK counsellors and psychotherapists. (Non LGBT specific but includes section on sexuality).
Lesbian Therapist Directory
The first directory in the UK and Ireland including only lesbian therapists.