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 Healthy Family Team (Health Visitor, School Nurse, and Healthy Family Support Workers) will also be able to support you and your children if you are suffering from domestic abuse. You can contact your Healthy Family Team on:

Colchester and Tendring area: 01206 372 303

Chelmsford and Surrounding area: 0300 247 0014

Harlow and Surrounding area: 01279 808 230

South Essex: 0300 247 0013

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.

There are many services who support men and women who have suffered from domestic abuse.

The National Centre for Domestic Violences (NCDV)

The NCDV specialise in providing free, fast and effective legal support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse, usually by helping individuals obtain injunctions from their local county court. This free service is provided to everybody, regardless of their financial circumstances, sexual orientation, race, gender, age, political, religious belief or otherwise.

Tel: 0800 970 2070 (Option 1)

Text: NCDV to 60777 and they’ll call back!

Click here to view NCDV website

Safer Places

Safer places is an independent charity that supports survivors of Domestic Abuse.

Safe Places work with the survivors of domestic abuse, to help them recover, to empower them, to rebuild their lives and to go on and achieve for themselves things they might once have thought of as impossible.

Safe Places Essex

Click here to visit Safer Places website

Tel: 03301 025 811

(24 hours 7 days a week)