Domestic Violence Support
Everyone has the right to live a life free of abuse. Unfortunately, domestic violence and abuse is very common. Each year nearly 2 million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse - 1.3 million female victims (8.2% of the population) and 600,000 male victims (4%).
It can affect anyone.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence. In the majority of cases the abuse is perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner, but can also be a family member or carer. It is very common.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
Psychological and/or emotional abuse
Physical or sexual abuse
Harassment or Stalking
Online or Digital Abuse
Domestic violence has a devastating impact on children that can last into adulthood.
One in seven (14.2%) children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood
Who can help?
We are working alongside lots of different agencies to ensure our parents have access to support if they need it. Please see a list of agencies below.
The Next Chapter
Next Chapter (formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Tendring and Colchester. They provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.
You can access via a webchat service to our website which we can respond to Monday to Friday, between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, and 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm which is a good way to get some support but remaining anonymous to start with.
Telephone - 0330 333 7444 https://www.thenextchapter.org.uk/
COMPASS is a single point of access funded by Essex County Council in partnership with the Office of Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to support victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.
Safer Places is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by all forms of Domestic Abuse
Telephone - 03301 025 811 https://www.saferplaces.co.uk/
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse
The government acknowledges that recent measures announced to tackle Coronavirus (COVID-19), such as the order to stay at home, can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under.
This guidance highlights help and support available to you and how the government is working with the charity sector and the police to ensure that these support services remain open during this challenging time.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123
Men's Advice Line
Confidential advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member
Telephone - 0808 801 0327 mensadviceline.org.uk
Southend, Essex and Thurrock's domestic abuse partnership website, providing advice and information on services for those affected by domestic abuse.