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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 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 open ear.

Refuges, counselling and support

Safer Places
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, Uttlesford, Southend)

Women’s Aid, a national domestic violence charity working to end violence against women and children, has a network of services throughout Essex.

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, Castlepoint)

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
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 (office hours)

Download a leaflet about The Parklands Centre.

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 situation.

Download a leaflet about their services.


Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge
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 (Colchester & Tendring) at any time, day or night, for help or if you need a place at a refuge.
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
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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