Domestic abuse

Support for victims

The following organisations provide a range of support for people affected by domestic abuse.

For female victims of domestic abuse:

  • Changing Pathways – Thurrock Against Domestic Abuse services, including emergency accommodation for women – and their children – suffering domestic abuse, help and advice, and a drop-in centre for counselling and support

  • South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) – provides a service to women and girls over 13 years-old who have been raped, sexually assaulted, experienced child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or who have experienced any form of sexual violence or attempted sexual assault

  • Essex Compass – a partnership of domestic abuse services providing a response in Essex

  • Essex Victims' Gateway – information and advice on what to do and how to get help if you have been a victim of domestic violence in Thurrock, Southend or Essex

  • Refuge 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline – free phone support and online information for women and children

  • National Women's Aid – offers live chat and email support, and keeps an up-to-date list of all refuge accommodation across the county

  • National Centre for Domestic Violence – provides help with getting an injunction

  • Rights of Women – provides information to women concerning legal rights

  • Victim Support – offers free confidential support to anyone, whether or not the crime has been reported to the police, and has a drop-in service in Thurrock

  • Asylum Aid – provides free legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refugees, helping women fleeing serious human rights violations to gain protection in the UK

  • Jewish Women's Aid – an organisation run by Jewish women for Jewish women and children who have been subjected to domestic abuse

  • Southall Black Sisters – provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to Asian and African-Caribbean women and children experiencing domestic abuse and sexual abuse, including marriage and honour crimes

For male victims of domestic abuse:

  • Men's Advice Line – a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner, including heterosexual and same-sex relationships

  • ManKind Initiative – a helpline offering advice and emotional support

For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+) victims of domestic abuse:

  • Galop – supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence

For victims of domestic abuse who have disabilities:

  • Thurrock Coalition – offers support and advice for residents of Thurrock with both physical and learning disabilities

  • Respond – works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma

For perpetrators of domestic abuse:

  • Respect Phoneline – confidential helpline offering advice, information and support to help you stop being violent and abusive to your partner