Helplines: Crisis Lines and Support Groups on the French Riviera

Contact numbers for support groups in English and French as well as information on how to report a crime...

While most crisis and support services in France are French-language only, there are some that can provide help in English, specifically those set up by anglophones for English-speakers: SOS Help Crisis, Counselling France, Cancer Support France and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The French Riviera Alcoholics Anonymous group holds regular meetings in English. 

Cancer Support

Cancer support group on the French Riviera for English speakers. Open to patients, their families and care givers.

Women and Children

Accueil Femmes Solidarité is a sanctuary for victims of domestic abuse - battered women - in Nice (address available to victims only).

  • Accueil Femmes Solidarité
    At: 21 Rue Dabray, Nice
    Tel: 04 93 52 17 81
  • La Maison du Droit et de la Justice (L'Ariane district) - Legal help
    At: 52 avenue Anatole de Monzie, Nice
    Tel: 04 97 00 03 90

All services are neutral, confidential and aim at helping the victim to find the appropriate service. 
Access is provided to information and help on:

  • social rights - professional re-integration, lodging
  • juridical rights - information, advice and assistance regarding interests in the case of legal action
  • medical rights - (re)opening of health rights - universal medical insurance, CMU (Couverture Maladie Universelle) and CPAM psychological help (group and individual sessions)

SOS Femmes is a French NGO helping women in violent domestic situations, women who've been victims of sexual violence and rape, women experiencing sexual harassment and more. SOS Femmes also manages women's shelters.

  • Tel: 3919

Crime Victims

When reporting a crime (dial 17 or 112), unless it's a major emergency the Police or Gendarmerie do not always come to the scene of the crime (for example in the event of a house burglary). In all cases the crime must be reported at the local Commissariat or Gendarmerie. It is possible, however, to report certain crimes online to save time, for example theft, vandalism or fraud). The person must then go to the local Commissariat or Gendarmerie to sign the declaration.

Financial Support

Elizabeth Finn Care is a UK charity with a French branch office helps professionals in financial difficulty, providing one-off and ongoing financial help tailored to circumstances. Also emotional support from experienced caseworkers and volunteer network.

The CLIC (Centre Local d'Information et de Coordination)is a French public office which provides information and orientation (help with everyday life and contacts the French administration) to the aged, pensioners, and disabled people. Contact information can be found on the Conseil General's website.

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