The current situation we find ourselves in can be scary and overwhelming. It can be even scarier if you are a victim of domestic abuse and home isn’t a safe place.
There is no excuse for domestic abuse whatever forms it takes. Domestic abuse is a crime and there is support available. The Wellbeing & Safeguarding team have complied a list of support services that can be found below.
Life-threatening, Dial 999
In a life-threatening emergency, phone the emergency services.
If you are unable to speak, calls are transferred to a system call Silent Solutions. You will be prompted to dial “55” so they are aware you are in danger.
Essex Police provide an extensive list of support services locally and nationally.
Wellbeing & Safeguarding team
The college’s Wellbeing & Safeguarding team are here for you during this time and you can contact them via email Safeguarding@Southessex.ac.uk
A member of the team will contact you and provide some support.
Students and staff can also access the Wellbeing & Safeguarding team’s Moodle page where there are resources on a number of topics including mental health, e-safety and domestic abuse.
The organisations below can offer support and information on escaping domestic abuse. All of the sites offer quick exit buttons to ensure your safety.
Safer Places are based in Essex and can provide practical support and information.
Call 03301 025 811.
Next Chapter provide free and confidential services to people or are currently or have previously experienced domestic abuse.
Changing Pathways is based in South and South West Essex providing free, confidential support and advocacy to individuals in the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Thurrock, Harlow and Epping Forest.
Helpline: 01268 729707
24hr helpline: 0330 333 7444
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Women can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for free at any time, day or night.
Staff can offer confidential, non-judgemental support and information.
Women’s Aid offer lots of support and guidance on escaping abusive relationships and have produced a Survivor’s Handbook
They offer an instant messaging service where you can talk to a support worker.
Women’s Aid also have forums where women can talk to other survivors in a supportive community.
Men’s Life Advice Line
Men’s Life Advice Line offer non-judgemental information and support.
Call 0808 8010 327.
(Monday and Wednesday, 9am to 8pm, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Men can also contact ManKind who help men escape domestic abuse.
Call 0182 3334 244 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).
If you identify as LGBT+ Galop can offer emotional and practical support.
Call 0800 999 5428.
Monday to Friday - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday to Thursday - 10:00am - 8:00pm
If you need guidance on Forced Marriage and honour crimes anyone can call Karma Nirvana who will provide support and guidance.
Call 0800 5999 247.
You can also call the Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151.
Safe Spaces are available locally at Boots, Morrisons, Superdrug, HSBC and TSB to name a few. They provide a safe and discrete way to reach out to friends and family, and contact specialist support services.