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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

Changing Pathways

Phone: 01268 729707

Changing Pathways (formerly known as Basildon Women’s Aid) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock. We provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.

We offer a range of needs led services including:

  • refuge accommodation
  • outreach/community based support
  • advocacy services for high risk victims, including those
  • experiencing stalking and harassment
  • therapeutic/counselling services
  • a range of group programmes

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 partner support service which aims to increase the safety of victims and children by offering support and safety planning.

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 0845 372 7701

Victim Support Essex

E-mail: [email protected]

Local support line
0808 178 1694 Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm

National support line
0808 168 9111 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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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