Are you experiencing domestic abuse or have you suffered from sexual violence or assault? If you or someone you know is being abused by a partner, ex-partner or a family member, there are support services available to help.
Take me to In an emergency ↘ If you need help ↘ Specialist help and support ↘ Advice from GOV.UK and the survivor's handbook ↘ The Victim's Code ↘
Phone 999 if you are in immediate danger, or ask someone else to phone. State whether you need the police, ambulance or fire service. Try to move to a safe place, avoid kitchens or stairs, and stay near a door for a quick escape if you have to leave the area you are in. Press 55 if you dial 999 but are unable to speak to let the emergency services know.
If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.
Safe2Talk is a non-judgmental space for women and girls who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, or abuse to come and speak one-on-one with female experts including a police officer, a domestic abuse specialist, a Redbridge housing officer and an immigration lawyer from Ashiana Network.
If you need help or are concerned for somebody else, you can also contact the following:
Refuge is a free service for anyone, regardless of gender, living in Redbridge who has experienced, or is at risk of gender-based abuse, including victims of sexual abuse and violence.
A support service for adults in Redbridge who are being abused or fear being abused. The service provides help whether you wish to remain with your partner or need help to separate.
Nia is a support service for women and girls who have been subjected to sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Services included specialist help for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Specialist advice for young people in abusive or violent relationships is available:
For 14 to 17 year olds living in Redbridge experiencing or at risk of gender based abuse, contact Refuge for free advice:
Relationships can be fun and exciting but they can also be confusing and harmful. It’s important to understand what a healthy relationship looks like and to know what isn’t okay.
Read about RSCP's advice on healthy and unhealthy relationships
Aanchal provides advice and support in 7 South Asian languages, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian:
The Ashiana Network provides advice and support for South Asian, Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian women.
Karma Nirvana gives help and support for victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage:
Contact the Forced Marriage Unit if you are trying to stop a forced marriage or need help leaving a marriage you have been forced into:
Galop supports LGBTQ+ people who are experiencing domestic abuse and people supporting a survivor of domestic abuse:
The Respect Men's advice line provides help for male victims of domestic abuse:
If you are concerned someone may be being abused
More information is available on the central government website, including:
Women's Aid, a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children, have produced a survivors handbook, which provides practical support and information for women experiencing domestic abuse. The handbook is also available in multiple languages and audio versions.
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, found on the Government's website, sets out the minimum standards that must be provided to victims of crime by organisations in England and Wales.
Victims of crime should be treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind. There are also other rights that are set out in the Code and it explains how to make a complaint if your rights have not been met.