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COVID-19 - Domestic abuse support

Don't suffer domestic abuse in silence - even during the stay at home COVID-19 outbreak help and support is still available.

Domestic abuse isn't just physical violence.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of Domestic Abuse. It can be: Mental - Emotional - Sexual - Financial control - Bullying - Isolation - Harassment - Forced marriage - Honour based violence.

The COVID-19 stay at home measures can put pressure on the home environment and cause additional anxiety for those who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic abuse. We understand what a frightening and dangerous experience  domestic abuse can be, especially if you are isolated with your abuser, however, even during the COVID-19 outbreak help and support is still available.

Don't suffer in silence - help and support is still available

Please seek help from the police or from the support organisations listed below...

  • If you're being abused
  • if you are concerned about family, friends or neighbours
  • if you are worried you may commit domestic abuse.

Reporting domestic abuse to Essex Police

Report domestic abuse to Essex Police:

  • if your life may be at risk or you have any reason to think someone is in immediate danger, call 999.
  • if you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the police who will know it's an emergency and assist you without you having to speak.
  • if you're deaf or hard of hearing and you are experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is, call the Essex Police textphone service on 18001 101.
  • if you're experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is, report it by calling 101.

Domestic abuse support organisations

South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub (SEDAH)

The South Essex Domestic Abuse Hub (SEDAH) offers help, advice and assistance. The hub includes a range of support services that you can access.

Respect phoneline - support if you are worried about hurting someone

If you are worried about hurting the ones you love whilst staying at home, call the Respect helpline for support. You can talk to us in confidence about violence and domestic abuse. A friendly Helpline Advisor will listen to you without judgement and give you honest advice.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones.

Women's Aid

Women's Aid has provided additional advice specifically designed for the current coronavirus outbreak, including a live chat service

Men's Advice Line

The Men's Advice Line  is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.

Changing Pathways

Changing Pathways is a local domestic abuse charity working in South and South West Essex.

Galop - for members of the LGBT+ community

Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity.

Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)

Supporting women and girls to live their lives free of economic abuse and exploitation.


Supporting adults and children in times of crisis.


Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages, ranging from identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.


SafeLives is providing domestic abuse support and guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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