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Domestic Violence Support

Domestic violence or abuse deeply affects families and the wider community and leaves a devastating impact on survivors.  Abuse can take many forms, including emotional and psychological abuse, physical and sexual violence, coercive and controlling behaviour, including economic abuse. Children are deeply affected by living with domestic violence and the harm experienced from witnessing abuse as a child is wide-ranging and well documented. 

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Domestic Violence Consultant

The Early Help service have a dedicated Domestic Violence Consultant within their team. For more information or to meet with the DV consultant please contact your local Family Hub. If you are in an emergency situation please contact the police.

Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme is a course for women who are experiencing domestic abuse or who have experienced it in a past relationship.

It is a support group that helps women to deal with their situation in a confidential and safe environment. It also aims to help women understand and recognise potential unhealthy relationships and signs of abusive behaviour.

If you would like to find out more please ask at your local Family Hub. Alternatively to apply now please complete our online form and someone will be in touch to discuss the next available course dates.

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Support from the police

In an emergency, always call 999. If you are in danger and unable to talk, call 999 and press 55 when prompted. 

This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak. Note: Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and doesn't allow the police to track your location.

From a landline: If you call 999 and don't speak or answer questions the operator will transfer you to the police. If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again. Calling 999 from a landline automatically gives the police information about your location.

For non-emergency support call 101.

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Family and Children's services

If you are worried that a child or young person is at immediate risk, please contact the assessment and access team immediately at: [email protected] or phone: 020 7641 4000

If you need a service in an emergency between 5pm and 9am on weekdays or 24 hours a day at weekends and bank holidays, you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 020 7641 2388.

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Other organisations who can help

Useful contacts:

Legal support

Published: 26 October 2022

Last updated: 9 October 2023