If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, we can put you in touch with other support organisations that understand your specific needs. Below you’ll find a list of organisations who can assist you.

The police

Call the UK police non-emergency number, 101, if you need support or advice from the police and it's not an emergency. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

Local help

Compass - find a domestic abuse service in your district.

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board - advice and information on services for those affected by domestic abuse.

Next Chapter - help for adults and children affected by domestic abuse.

Changing Pathways - help including refuges and counselling. 

The Change Project - for victims and perpetrators.

Victim Support Essex - local branch of the national scheme

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board 

Essex Safeguarding Children Board

Survivor story

Hayley Lowles, 34, was attacked in her home by her boyfriend of seven years, Matthew Sargent.

He attacked her so viciously, that doctors thought at one stage she may not survive.

But she did and has seen him jailed for a minimum of 16 years, having been convicted of attempted murder in May 2014.

The mum-of-one was brave enough to tell her story and share why she is behind the Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse campaign.

In the film she explains how she didn't realise she was in an abusive relationship, that she didn't know help was available and encourages other people to seek that help to either stay safe in a relationship or leave it.

National helplines

Domestic Violence Assist
Specialises in assistance to obtain emergency injunctions from being further abused.
Phone: 0800 195 8699

National Centre for Domestic Violence
Specialises in assistance to get emergency injunctions from being further abused.
Phone: 0800 970 2070

Women’s Aid Domestic Violence Helpline
Free 24-hour national helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge.
Phone: 0808 2000 247

Hourglass
The Hourglass confidential helpline provides information and support to anyone concerned about harm, abuse or exploitation of an older person.
Phone: 0808 808 8141

Men’s Advice Line 
Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse.
Phone: 0808 801 0327

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline 
Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people.
Phone: 0800 999 5428

National Stalking Helpline
Guidance on the law, how to report stalking, gathering evidence, staying safe and reducing the risk.
Phone: 0808 802 0300

Victim Support
Free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family and friends.
Phone: 0808 1689 111