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Help and Advice
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the series, Streets of Vice, the following organisations may be able to provide help and advice.

Samaritans
Provides confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Website:
www.samaritans.org

Home Office
The Home Office has undertaken a public consultation on prostitution and is now in the process of analysing the responses from those involved in the trade and the communities affected by it.
Website:
www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Victim Support
Provides help and information for anyone who has been affected by a crime, including a violent or sexual assault, or is wary about involving the police.
Helpline: 0845 30 30 900 (Seven days a week)
Website: www.victimsupport.org

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
Support and information for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused, however long ago and whatever the circumstances.
Helpline: 0845 1221 331 (Seven days a week)
Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

The Poppy Project
The project aims to develop effective escape routes for women involved in prostitution in London, including residential and outreach services.
Website: www.poppyproject.org

International Prostitutes Collective
Network of women campaigning for the abolition of laws that criminalise sex workers, and for economic alternatives and higher benefits and wages.
Website: www.allwomencount.net

Scottish Prostitutes Education Project
SCOT-PEP was set up by and for sex workers and offers non-judgmental advice and support. Their aim is to promote health, dignity and human rights amongst those involved in the sex industry.
Website: www.scot-pep.org.uk

Europap
European network for HIV and STD prevention in prostitution. Working across 18 countries, the network promotes the health and well-being of sex workers and organises training workshops for new and established health projects.
Website: www.europap.net

Talk to Frank
A supportive resource which offers a point of contact for confidential information, and step-by-step advice for worried friends and family.
Helpline: 0800 776600 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Website:
www.talktofrank.com

Tackling Drugs
This is the cross-government website to support the National Drugs Strategy and the work of Drug Action Teams. It is a one-stop shop for those interested in the government's ten-year strategy.
Website: www.drugs.gov.uk

LifeBytes
Aimed at young teens, this government-run website offers no-nonsense information and advice about illegal drug consumption.
Website: www.lifebytes.gov.uk

Narcotics Anonymous
A self-help group run by recovering addicts with a network of meetings across the country.
Helpline: 020 7730 0009 (Seven days a week, 10am to 10pm)
Website: www.ukna.org

Families Anonymous
Support for the relatives and friends of people with drug problems.
Helpline: 0845 1200 660
Website: www.famanon.org.uk

Release
Provides practical and legal advice to drug users and those who work with them.
Helpline: 0845 4500 215 (Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.30pm)
Website: www.release.org.uk

General Guidance
Information and guidance about sexual health issues is also available at the BBC Health website:

NHS Direct
Provides confidential nurse advice and health information. The service can also help you find a local genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic, where you can get checked for STIs.
Helpline: 08457 4647 (24 hours a day, seven days a week)
Website:
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

fpa
Formerly known as The Family Planning Association, fpa provides comprehensive information on sex education and contraception.
Helpline: 0845 310 1334 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)
Website: www.fpa.org.uk

Terrence Higgins Trust
Practical support, help, counselling and advice for anyone with, or concerned about, AIDS and HIV infection.
Helpline: 0845 1221 200 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 12pm to 6pm on weekends)
Website: www.tht.org.uk

Sex Education Forum
Sex education materials and information for children and young people.
Website: www.ncb.org.uk

National AIDS Trust
Free and confidential advice on all aspects of HIV and Aids.
Website: www.nat.org.uk

General Guidance
Information and guidance about sexual health issues is also available at the BBC Lifestyles website:

BBC iCan
If you want to take action on problems that affect you and your community, then you can find a selection of guides at the
BBC iCan website.

UK Police Service
Provides links to all official police forces across the country and related organisations.
Website: www.police.uk

Crimestoppers
The organisation works for you, your family and your community to stop crime. You can call anonymously with information.
Helpline: 0800 555 111
Website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org




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