Domestic Abuse

Domestic and Sexual Abuse (including historic abuse)

Domestic abuse can effect around one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime. It can take a number of forms, including physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, and sexual abuse.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse then you should seek help from any of the following sources:


National Centre for Domestic Violence

0844 8044 999 (24 hour)

0800 902070 (minicom)

Or text NCDV to 60777

Free service for domestic abuse victims, access to family solicitors, help with injunctions, emergency child contact orders and non-molestation orders, direct links with local councils, housing authorities, health centres, refuges and women’s aid centres.


Women’s Aid

0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid are a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated. They offer a 24 hour helpline for victims and run a survivors’ forum.


Rights of Women

0207 251 6577

Rights of Women-free confidential helpline, run by female solicitors and barristers, for women needing legal advice about domestic abuse or any other legal matters, including divorce.


Essex Social Services

0845 603 7634

0845 606 1212 (out of hours)

Offers help, advice and information for domestic abuse victims.



0800 800 5000

Provides help and support for adults concerned about a child.



0800 1111 (24 hr)

Provides help and support for children and young people.


Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327 (office hours)

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic abuse.


Safer Places

0845 017 7668 (24hr)

Provides a range of services which respond to the individual needs and circumstances of adults and children affected by domestic abuse.


Refuge: National Domestic Violence helpline

0808 2000 247 (24 hr)

Gives practical support to domestic abuse victims and can refer women and their children to refuges across the UK.


Victim Support

0845 456 5995 - Essex helpline (weekdays 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm)

0845 30 30 900 -national helpline (weekdays 9am-8pm, weekends 9am-7pm, bank holidays 9am-5pm)

Help for any victims of crime, whether or not it has been reported to the police and regardless of when it happened.


Choices (Cambridge)

Supports women and girls who have been sexually abused.
01223 467897


Choices (Cambridge)

Supports men and boys who have been sexually abused.
01223 314438


Rape Crisis Centre (Cambridge)

Offers support to women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence.

01223 245888


Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (Chelmsford)

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs

 01206 769795