Useful Local and National Contacts

Domestic Abuse, Protect

Information for Women

Next Chapter

Next Chapter work with survivors of domestic abuse to help them make choices to reclaim their lives and begin their next chapter.

They offer a range of different services to support people affected by domestic abuse and help the on their journey to create lasting change.

Visit their website for more information.


Colchester Borough Council

CBC logoOffering advice on the housing options that may be available whether you are a private tenant, council tenant or owner-occupier.

Phone: 01206 282556

Housing Benefit Advice
Phone:01206  282300

Emergency out of hours
Phone: 01206 548444

Victim Support - Tendring and Colchester

Help and support for anyone who has been a victim of crime (also includes Witness Service, offering help and support for those going to court).

Local Victim Care Team
Phone: 0300 303 0165
Lines open Monday to Friday 10.30am -6.30pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm

Out of Hours Support Line
Phone: 08 08 16 89 111

Women's Aid

The key national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hour free helpline)

Safer Places - Domestic Abuse Victim Support

Safer Places offers a range of different services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

Phone 0845 0177 668

Information for Men

Everyman Project

Aiming to help men to change their angry, violent or abusive behaviour (also including Partner Support project for the partners or ex-partners of the men who have been accepted for the counselling programme).

Phone 0207 263 8884

Men's Advice Line

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Phone 0808 801 0327


Safer Places - Domestic Abuse Support Serivces

Safer Places offers a range of different services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

Phone 0845 0177 668


Survivors UK - Male rape and sexual abuse

Survivors UK helps men who have been sexually abused and raises awareness of their needs.

Phone: 0845 122 1201


Information for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LBGT) Victims

Broken Rainbow - the LGBT domestic violence charity

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic abuse.

Helpline Phone: 0300 999 5428

Outhouse East

Offers support and information to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people of Essex.

Phone: 0845 123 2388

Essex Gay Men

Provides support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) age 18 and over in Essex.

Phone: 01245 250 256

Children and Young People


A free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Phone: 0800 1111


Advice and support for children, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Phone: 0800 800 5000 (24 hour free phone)


Get connected, free confidential help for young people under 25

Free confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn.

Phone: 0808 808 4994


Information for Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Groups

Asylum Aid

Works to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK from persecution and human rights abuses abroad.

Advice Line: 020 7354 9264

Chinese Information and Advice Centre

Offers free legal advice and support to disadvantaged Chinese people living in the UK.

Phone: 08453 131 868

Forced Marriage Unit

Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Phone: 020 7008 0151

Out of hours
Phone 020 7008 1500 (ask for Global Response Centre)


Jewish Women's Aid

Supports Jewish women who face physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse from within their own home.

Phone: 0808 801 0500

Karma Nirvana

Supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse.

Helpline: 0800 5999 247

Southall Black Sisters

Provides a range of advice and support services to black and minority women.

Helpline: 0208 571 0800

General Enquiries: 0208 571 9595

Counselling, support and advice


Confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, 24 hours a day.

Phone: 116 123



Essex Social Care

Children or adults at risk of abuse of neglect.

Children Social Services

Phone: 0345 603 763
Out of hours phone: 0345 606 1212


Adult Social Services

To report adult safeguarding concerns

Phone: 0345 603 763
Out of hours phone: 03845 606 1212