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Concerned about domestic abuse or violence?

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.

Support for people in abusive relationships

The Survivor's Handbook is run by Women's Aid. It has lots of practical support and advice. This website has a button which allows you to exit it at any time.

24-hour National Domestic Violence

Freephone Helpline

0808 2000 247 

This is run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge.

The Southend, Essex and Thurrock domestic abuse partnership website, provides advice and information on support services for those affected by domestic abuse.
For male victims of domestic violence

Visit Men' s Adviceline for help and support

Or call 0808 801 0327 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

Report a concern about domestic abuse

You may want to report a concern if you:

  • are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of an adult
  • suspect they are being neglected or abused
  • would like to report an incident

For any concerns, not just domestic abuse, call Adult Social Care Direct on

0345 603 7630

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, dial 999.

If you are not sure whether it's serious, call us. We are best placed to decide whether it warrants further investigation.


Report a concern about a child
Report a concern about an adult
Abuse and neglect
Domestic abuse or violence
Deprivation of liberty safeguarding



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