Here are survival contacts for women who find themselves in a crisis such as becoming roofless on escaping violence or abuse in a hurry.

Shelterline 0808 800 4444

Telephone advice and information for people with a housing problem or who are homeless. Issues dealt with include housing rights, harassment, illegal eviction, rent and mortgage arrears, housing benefit, domestic violence, hostel placements and finding accommodation. Helpline open 8am - 12 midnight, 365 days a year. Best times to get through are early morning and weekends.

National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (Freephone 24 hour)

Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge.
A confidential, multi-lingual helpline which offers support and information for women experiencing domestic violence. Via the helpline abused women and children can access places of safety in the network of refuges throughout the country.

Samaritans Counselling 08457 90 90 90

24 Hour helpline for the the suicidal or desparing.


Complete on-line data base of London Services for Homeless People


Local Council's Emergency Out of Hours Numbers - you can find contact details of your council here. If you find yourself literally roofless, your local council does operate 24 hour services to place people into emergency accommodation if you are vulnerable due to health grounds, have dependent children or are past retirement age.

Day Centres

These are like a social club, a place where you can hang out and get shelter, food, clothing, training, recreation, shower and laundry facilities. Also medical services and support. They can also help to refer you to accommodation as they are staffed by volunteers and workers with the knowledge of what is available.

Church Army 020 7262 3818

1 -5 Cosway Street
Caters for women only. Open Monday to Thursday 9.30 - 3.30 pm
Tube - Marylebone

The Connection at St. Martin's 020 7766 5550

12 Adelaide Street
Caters for young people 16 - 25. Open 7 days a week
Tube - Charing Cross.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 020 7837 7324

Open 7 days a week, between 10am and 11pm. Has information on a broad range of issues.