Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control his partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after you have split up.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. 

Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it. Domestic abuse is a crime.

If you're a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there's an emergency that's ongoing or life is in danger, call 999 now

If you have hearing or speech impairment, use the Essex Police textphone service 18000 or text 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

You can report concerns:

  • online
  • by calling 101 (If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service on 18001 101)
  • in the safety of your local police station (if you require a translator, Police can provide someone initially by phone and later in person) 

Adult Social Care

If you are being abused in relation to your care and support needs, contact Adult Social Care.


Telephone: 0345 603 7630 |  online reporting: safeguarding portal 
Textphone: 0345 758 5592


Telephone: 01702 215008 | email:


Telephone: 01375 511000 | email:

Organisations providing victim support and advice.

Compass Essex
Support for victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.  Helpline available from 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and 8 am to 1 pm weekends. Messages will be responded to within 24hrs.
Essex Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0330 3337 444

Domestic abuse organisation providing advice, support and refuge accommodation for women and their children. 
24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Victim Support
Here to help anyone affected by crime, whether or not it's been reported to the Police.  
24hr Supportline:  0808 1689 111 
24hr Live Chat: start a live chat

If you need someone to speak to, Samaritans are available 24/7 to listen. 
24hr line: 116 123