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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 an organisation that can help you.

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 open ear.

Refuges, counselling and support

Safer Places
Safer Places is an independent domestic abuse charity that provides a wide range of services for adults and children affected by domestic abuse in Essex and Hertfordshire.

Safer Places offers a range of services including:

  • Safe accommodation (refuge)
  • Outreach services
  • Services for men
  • Services for those who are LGBT
  • Specialist services for those with complex problems

    For support and advice please call the Emergency line (E-line) on 0845 0177 668, where advice will be given on what type of support is suitable and available for your personal situation.

    You can also visit the Safer Places website

Thurrock Women’s Aid
Thurrock Women's Aid supports women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse in the Thurrock area. They offer refuge accommodation and floating support.
Phone: 01375 845899 (No 24 hour line available)

The charity runs a drop-in service which operates throughout the week in various locations around Thurrock. To book an appointment call 07875 342015.

Office: 01375 845899
Drop-in service: 07875 342015

Essex Change
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 planning.

Phone: 01245 258680 ext 223 or 077872541982

Perpetrator service tel: 0845 372 7701
Partner support service tel: 0845 372 2201

Victim Support Essex
Helpline: 0845 3030 900 (Weekdays 8am to 8pm, Weekends 9am to 7pm, Bank Holidays 9am to 5pm)

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 Board.


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