Help in Essex
Never be afraid to ask for help.
There are lots of charities and organisations that can offer
support and guidance but they can’t do that until you make the
first step and contact them.
If you decide not to speak to the police, please don’t suffer in
silence. Think about contacting one of the groups below.
A simple call can be just that. It doesn’t have to mean leaving
home, separation or court proceedings but a friendly voice and an
Refuges, counselling and
Women’s Aid, a national domestic violence charity working to end
violence against women and children, has a network of services
Basildon Women’s Aid offers temporary
accommodation for women of all ages, races and cultures, with or
The charity can also give advice on welfare, housing and women’s
rights and has 10 counsellors and a designated homeless officer on
hand to help.
Phone: 01268 581591 (24-hour emergency line)
If you urgently need to leave your home call the refuge
on 01268 581591.
Download a leaflet about Basildon Women’s Aid.
This centre in Felmores
End, Felmores, Basildon, is run by staff from Basildon Women’s Aid
and offers a helpline, support groups, advice and information
surgeries and one to one counselling.
All of the services are free and the centre is open Monday to
Friday between 9.30am and 5pm.
Phone: 01268 729707
Download a leaflet about The Parklands
Provides a refuge for women and their families and advice on
housing, legal issues and benefits. The charity also employs child
care professionals who can help get your children to and from
school safely and arrange free lunches if necessary.
Helpline: 01376 321720
Provides a refuge for women fleeing domestic violence and an
outreach service supporting women living in the community.
The Outreach Service also runs a number of drop ins and support
groups for women to get help and meet up with others in a similar
Download a leaflet about their
Colchester and Tendring Women’s
The refuge, which is part of Women’s
Aid, offers emergency accommodation for women and their children
and includes a specially adapted room for disabled women.
You can call 01206 500585 ay any time, day or night, for
help or if you need a place at a refuge.
also holds drop in support groups on Thursday mornings between
10.30am and 12.30. Call 01206 500585 for more information.
If you would like to find out more about counselling you can call
the welfare staff on 01206 500586.
SOS Domestic Abuse Project
as Southend Women's Aid, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects provides
services based at The Dove Project and Fledgelings Child and Family
The Dove Project focuses on the specific needs of women, providing
24-hour telephone crisis support, a drop-in service and
Fledgelings Child and Family Contact Centre supports mum, dads,
children and young people experiencing domestic abuse and family
There is also a male domestic abuse drop-in
Helpline: 01702 300006 (24-hour crisis line)
Phone: 01702 302333
The charity runs a drop in service every Wednesday between 10am and
noon at 5 Davall House, Argent Street, Grays.
Each month on a rotating basis, a solicitor, a homelessness officer
from Thurrock Council and a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer from
Essex Police are on hand to offer advice. To find out more call
Helpline: 01375 845899 (24 hours)
Essex Change is a community based domestic violence intervention
programme for men who want to end their violent or abusive
behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner.
They also run a women’s service which aims to increase
the safety of women and children by offering support and safety
Phone: 01245 258680 ext 223 or 077872541982
Helpline: 0845 456 5995 (open Monday – Friday 8am to 8pm)
A number of councils in Essex also offer advice and support.
You'll find links to their websites in the useful links box on the
right hand side at the top of this page.
You can also contact Essex Safeguarding Adults
Board and Essex Safeguarding Children's
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