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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, threatening or violent behaviour.

Domestic abuse can take many different forms:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

In the majority of cases of domestic abuse it is perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner, but it can also be perpetrated by a family member or carer.

Domestic abuse can have devastating effects on children both physically and emotionally. Every child has the right to feel safe in their own home. 

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there are many different people who can support you and your children.  

Your Family Hub Team will also be able to support you and your children if you are suffering from domestic abuse.

You can contact your local Team on: 

  • Mid Essex Tel: 0300 247 0014
  • North Essex Tel: 0300 247 0015
  • South Essex Tel: 0300 247 0013
  • West Essex Tel: 0300 247 0122

All of your local family hubs will have a safe space where you and your children can go if needed so please don’t suffer in silence, we are here to help.

If you or your child are frightened or at risk of imminent harm call 999, the police will help you.

Essex Domestic Abuse Services

COMPASS is a single point of access funded by Essex County Council in partnership with the Office of Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to support victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

The aim is to provide a single number, which will be available 24hrs a day, for callers to speak with a trained member of staff who will complete an assessment and ensure contact is made with the most appropriate support service.

Essex Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0330 333 7 444
Messages responded to within 24 hours

Contact the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service

West Essex: 0300 247 0122
South Essex: 0300 247 0013
North Essex: 0300 247 0015
Mid Essex: 0300 247 0014