Domestic abuse

Support for victims

Our Housing Safeguarding Team is dedicated to helping any resident who is experiencing domestic abuse – go to report domestic abuse for more information.

Essex Compass is a partnership of domestic abuse services that respond to victims across Essex. Contact Essex Compass if you don't live in Thurrock, or you are supporting someone outside of Thurrock

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

For all victims of domestic abuse:

  • Changing Pathways – provides emergency accommodation (women only), help, advice, and a drop-in centre offering counselling and support for survivors and their children suffering domestic abuse

  • South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) – a registered charity based in Thurrock offering free and confidential specialist sexual violence and abuse counselling, independent sexual violence advocacy and support to adults, young people and children and their families who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the experience may have been

  • Oakwood Place –​ Offers free support and practical help to anyone in Essex who has ​experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

  • 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 with online information and signposting

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 (including male children) experiencing domestic abuse and sexual abuse, including marriage and honour crimes

For female victims of domestic abuse:

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

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

  • SurvivorsUK – men overcoming sexual violence together

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

  • London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership – open to any LGBT person experiencing domestic violence who is living or working in London

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:

  • The Change Project – for men and women who are using violence and abuse in their relationships and want to change