Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge

We can provide safe, emergency accommodation for women and children suffering from domestic abuse, as well as offer advice, help and support to safely remain at home if you are not yet ready to leave.

Telephone: 01206 500 585

Website: www.colchester-refuge.org.uk

Social Care (Child and Adult)

Are you worried an adult or child may be at risk of abuse or neglect?

Telephone: 0345 603 7627 (Child)

Telephone: 0345 603 7630 (Adult)

Website: www.essex.gov.uk

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)

AFFDA are a national charity providing help to families and professionals; some of the work they do includes, emotional, practical and specialist peer support to those left behind after domestic homicide.

Telephone: 07768 386922

Website: www.aafda.org.uk

Men’s advice line

The Men’s advice line is run by the charity Respect to support men who are victims of domestic violence.

Telephone: 0808 801 0327 (Mon, Tues and Weds 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm)

Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk

APAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

APAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Telephone: 0808 801 0331 – Takes calls from 10am – 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 2pm – 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Website: www.napac.org.uk

Email: support@napac.org.uk


Galop offer emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse, hate crime and sexual violence. They offer a National domestic abuse helpline.

Telephone: 0800 999 5428 

Website: www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse

Email: help@galop.org.uk

Sign Health – DeafHope

DeafHope is a service giving support to women and children who are affected by domestic abuse. It is the only service of its kind in the UK which is based in sign language.

Telephone: 02039 472600

Website: www.signhealth.org.uk/deafhope-projects

Email: deafhope@signhealth.org.uk

Karma Nirvana (Forced marriage)

Karma Nirvana support victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

Telephone: 5999 247 

Website: www.karmanirvana.org.uk

Email: info@karmanirvana.org.uk

Living Well Essex

If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, you may feel afraid about looking for help because you’ve been threatened, or because you think no-one else will be listening to you.
But you don’t have to face domestic violence on your own. There are many organisations that can offer support and can help to protect you.

Website: www.livingwellessex.org

Essex Compass

Are you concerned about domestic abuse during this time?

Telephone: 0330 333 7444

Website: www.essexcompass.org.uk

COMPASS - Domestic Abuse

Compass is a new Domestic Abuse Helpline to access Community Based Services and Specialist Accommodation in Essex.

Telephone: 0330 333 7 444 



Supporting those who have experienced violence and abuse is at the core of everything we do. No matter what your experience – domestic violence, sexual violence, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, FGM, human trafficking or modern slavery – they are there to support you.

Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Website: www.refuge.org.uk

The National Stalking Helpline

The National Stalking Helpline is run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The helpline provides guidance and information to anybody who is currently or has previously been affected by harassment or stalking.

Telephone: 0808 802 0300

Website: www.suzylamplugh.org/national-stalking-helpline

Respect Phoneline

Confidential helpline offering advice, information and support to help you stop being violent and abusive to your partner.

Telephone: 0808 802 4040

Website: www.respectphoneline.org.uk

Email: info@respectphoneline.org.uk

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse)

CARA works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs.

Telephone: 01206 769795 

Website: www.caraessex.org.uk

Email: info@caraessex.org.uk