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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can be defined as actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse. It affects about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. Children and young people are also severely affected by domestic abuse.

If you are being frightened, hurt or abused by a partner or a family member, or know someone who is, please consider calling one of the following telephone numbers:

  • In an emergency, dial 999
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline  0808 2000 247
  • Victim support Essex 0845 456 5995
  • Essex Police 101
  • Men's Advice Line 0808 801 0327
  • Colchester Borough Homes  01206 282514

‚ÄčHow we can help

Domestic abuse can affect victim's housing, health, education and the freedom to live without fear. One of the reasons that people remain in an abusive relationship is the fear of losing their home, not knowing where they can go if they choose to leave, how they will afford to finance relocating or rent, etc.

We are committed to helping those affected by domestic abuse and we have a procedure in place to deal with reports of domestic abuse. Our Community Safety Team are trained in awareness of the difficulties raised in such circumstances.

We work with our tenants by providing support, advice and signposting to partner agencies to provide ongoing support and guidance for victims dealing with legal matters and other issues. We can work with you in providing additional security to remain in your home or talk through options and offer advice and advocacy in supporting victims through the housing process.

Where you can go for advice and support

  • Supportline offers confidential emotional support on a range of issues to children, teenagers and adults.
  • Women's aid gives independent advice on how to cope with domestic violence.
  • Refuge helps women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.
  • Men's advice line provides advice and support for men in abusive relationships.
  • Victim support can offer help if you have been affected by a crime.
  • Rights of women provides information  about women's legal rights.
  • Broken rainbow gives support to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people affected by domestic violence.
  • Shelter can help you with budgeting in the event of a divorce or relationship breakdown.