Support for Men

You can ring the Helpline on 0808 808 2241 for advice and support, to find out which services can help and to get in touch with other services in the Partnership. Or you can contact organisations directly. In an emergency ring 999. Domestic abuse is taken very seriously by the police.

Services for men experiencing domestic abuse:

Sheffield DACT Helpline

Telephone: 0808 808 2241  Email:

If you call the Helpline they can listen to you, help you make sense of your situation and put you in touch with the right service. Or you can email them and let them know how and when it’s safe to get in touch with you. The Helpline is open Monday – Friday  8am – 8pm (not bank holidays), Saturday – 9am – 5pm

Action Domestic Abuse Service – Outreach Project

Telephone: 0114 270 6999


This city wide outreach project delivered by Action, works with men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse, when they are still in an abusive relationship, attempting to leave or have already left. The service delivers specialist, flexible and responsive support packages to meet a range of needs in a range of community settings. The service offers:

  • A wide range of practical and emotional support and advocacy to wherever you live in the city
  • Telephone support, home visits, one-to-one, drop-ins and group support work and planning with you the support you need
  • Safety planning, needs and risk assessment
  • Work with other agencies to help increase your safety and your children’s
  • Advice and signposting regarding civil and criminal legal options
  • Signposting service for referrals to other specialist agencies; BME services, mental health, drugs and alcohol, counselling, housing, advice centres and legal services.
  • Support to stay safely in your own home if that is your choice e.g. help with home security

Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVAS)

Telephone: 0114 2493920 Website:

The Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (provided by Action Housing and Support) offers independent and impartial support for all high risk victims of domestic abuse. All staff are trained to deliver specialist support, working in partnership with multiple agencies and the service user, with the aim of increasing the safety of the individual and their dependents.

The team works using a multi agency approach with both statutory and non statutory organisations to provide support including but not exclusive to:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Safety Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • representing the victim’s views at the Multi agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The priority of the IDVA is to increase the safety of victims providing short term intervention work aiming to reduce the risk of further domestic abuse and the effects it may have.

MARAC: Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference

No contact details: referral can be made by workers who feel men are high risk
MARAC is a monthly meeting where different agencies talk about the risk of serious harm to people experiencing domestic abuse in their area and pool their knowledge of each case. They make safety plans to support those most at risk. The aim is to increase the safety and well-being of the adults and children involved, and to reduce the risk of them becoming repeat victims. Men or women can be referred to MARAC. In the first two years of MARAC running in Sheffield there have been women and two men.

Men’s Advice Line

Telephone: 0808 801 0327 Website:
If the lines are busy or if you are calling outside of those hours, please leave a message with your name and a safe number and we will call you back as soon as we can. You can also email

Sanctuary Scheme

Telephone: 0808 808 2241
Sanctuary Scheme is a Sheffield City Council Housing Solutions service for people who cannot leave their homes but fear an attack from an ex-partner or family member. They can provide home security including window and door locks, personal alarms, fire-proof letter boxes and in extreme cases, safe rooms within the property. You should contact the Housing Advice Line on the number above and ask about the Sanctuary Scheme, to see if you are eligible.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Website –

Telephone: 0330 223 0938
(Weekdays, 9am – 5pm)
Telephone: 0330 223 0099
(24/7 Helpline)

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a facility providing support to victims of rape and sexual assault in South Yorkshire. The service supports males and females aged 16 years and above. Services include: forensic medical examination, emergency contraception and immediate crisis support. Forensic Medical Examinations allow evidence to be collected that can be used in the investigation of a crime, but also for evidence to be collected and securely stored for a period of time, so that the victim has the option of supporting a criminal investigation at a later date. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REPORT THE ATTACK TO THE POLICE.

Sheffield Mind

Telephone: 0114 258 4489 Website:
Sheffield Mind offers a free individual counselling service and some group work including supportive social groups and an art group.

Shelter Homelessness Service

Furnival House, 48 Furnival Gate, Sheffield, S1 4QP

Telephone: 0344 515 1515 Website:

Shelter offer a wide range of help and advice on all housing and homelessness issues.  They have a team of advisers and solicitors who may be able to help you with your problem – and if they can’t help, they work with other agencies who can.

Shelter have computers and telephones you can use to access the internet for advice, claim benefits, or bid on properties.

Issues they can deal with

  • homelessness, or worried you’ll soon become homeless
  • looking for accommodation
  • having problems with your landlord
  • being evicted or repossessed
  • debt problems
  • benefits issues
  • problems with disrepair
  • need help going to court regarding your housing

Even if your problem isn’t listed above Shelter may still be able to help – just give them a call to discuss.

Victim Support

Telephone: 0114 275 8411 Website:
Victim Support is a national charity offering emotional support and information to victims of crime. We have a branch in Sheffield and a Victim Care Unit open from 8am-8pm.  Victim Support aims to offer a confidential service to all sections of the community. Most referrals come from the police, but people can self-refer and don’t have to be in touch with police or legal services to access support. The service is free, and although not a counselling service, volunteers can offer individual support to victims of groups and an art group.

Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC)

Telephone: Helpline: 0808 802 0013 (Mon: 10am-12noon; Tues and Thurs: 1-3pm and 6-8pm only

Office: 241 2766.

We offer a professional and confidential service, for women and men (aged 16 upwards) who have experienced sexual abuse and /or rape at any time in their life, in a safe and friendly environment. We offer direct services to victims of sexual crime including specialist face to face counselling, and telephone helpline support.

The counselling service is for women and men (aged 16 upwards) who are survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Self referral is preferred by phone, email or letter. We also provide an Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service in Sheffield, which is managed centrally by DRASACS (Doncaster). The service is available to adult men and women (ISVA), children & young people (CHISVA) who have been a victim of sexual violence, by professional referral


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