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 support
Safer Places provides a wide range of services which respond to the
individual needs and circumstances of adults and children affected
by domestic abuse.
Phone: 08450 177668 (Braintree, Chelmsford, Harlow, Epping,
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
Basildon Women’s Aid
offers temporary accommodation for women of all ages, races and
cultures, with or without children.
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 (Basildon, Brentwood, Rochford,
If you urgently need to leave your home call the refuge
on 01268 581591.
Download a leaflet about Basildon Women’s Aid.
The Parklands Outreach 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 (office hours)
Download a leaflet about The Parklands
Braintree Women’s Aid
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
Chelmsford Women’s Aid
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 Refuge
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 (Colchester & Tendring) at
any time, day or night, for help or if you need a place at a
The 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
Formerly known as Southend Women's Aid, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects
provides services based at The Dove Project and Fledgelings Child
and Family Contact Centre.
The Dove Project focuses on the specific needs of women, providing
confidential helpline, drop-in service, personalised 1-1 support,
specialised counselling and support programmes.
Fledgelings Child and Family Contact Centre supports mums, dads,
children and young people experiencing domestic abuse and family
breakdown. There is also a male domestic abuse drop-in
service, Fridays from 10am to 12 noon.
Dove: 01702 302333
Fledgelings: 01702 343868
Male Service: 01702 343868
Office: 01702 351648
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 runds 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 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
Perpetrator service tel: 0845 372 7701
Partner support service tel: 0845 372 2201
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