Domestic abuse and violence

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

If you are not in immediate danger but would like to talk to someone you can call one of the following helplines:

Local services

Safer Places – Safer Places is an independent charity based in Harlow which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by all forms of domestic abuse.

03301 025 811 (24-hour helpline) (online form)

National organisations for women

National domestic violence helpline – Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge the National domestic violence helpline is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

National organisations for men

Men’s Advice Line – This service offers friendly and practical advice, information and emotional support to male victims of domestic violence, as well as to concerned friends and family and frontline workers.

0808 801 0327 (Monday & Wednesday 9am – 8pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am – 5pm)

National organisations of LGBT+ people

Galop – Galop is an LGBT+ anti-violence charity for people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

0800 999 5428

Female genital mutilation

If you are worried that yourself, your sister or someone else you know is at immediate risk of FGM then you should call the Police on 999.

Your Local Social Services Department – are able to protect you or provide support, you can contact them through your local council.

Your Local Police Child Protection Unit – are able to protect you or provide support, you can contact them through your local police station.

NSPCC helpline – is dedicated to FGM, anonymous and open 24/7, you can call them on 0800 028 3550.