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Domestic Violence

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What is Domestic Abuse?

Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional), between adults who are or who have been intimate partners of family members, whether directly related, in laws or step family, regardless of gender and sexuality.

What Can I Do?

  • Firstly recognise that this happening to you
  • Secondly accept that you are not to blame
  • Thirdly GET HELP

Tell someone that you can trust and never be afraid to ask for help.

In an emergency dial 999

For those with hard of hearing or deaf, speech impaired and/or hearing persons use
Minicom 01245 452828 where there is a language line available.

Alternatively you can call the Non-Emergency number for Essex Police on:
101 to report any incident.
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What Happens Next?

After reporting an incident of domestic abuse a police officer will visit you and will ask a number of questions, completing a questionnaire to establish as much detail about the offence to ensure an effective investigation. A statement may be taken from you and the police officer in attendance will assist you in this process.

Not only will this enable the office to consider the next appropriate course of action, but also allows police officers to assess the risk posed to you by the abuse and allowing the police to offer you the appropriate support and protection.

What can we do for you?

Domestic Abuse Officers will do what they can to help you deal with what has happened to you.

Essex Police does not tolerate domestic abuse and they will take positive action if a crime has been identified.

Domestic Abuse Officers will work with you and other agencies such as Victim Support and local community groups to try and find a solution to the problem.

Domestic Abuse Officers will:

  • Advise you
  • Support you
  • Give you guidance
  • Stay in touch
  • Find help for you

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Useful Documents

Clare's Law

Who Can I Talk To? Useful Contacts

Contact Essex Police 999 for emergency
Non emergency calls 101

Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse (CARA)
Tel: 01206 769795
A confidential support service run by women for women and girls and young men under the age of 19 who have suffered any form of sexual violence, past or present. Based in Colchester.

Essex Change

Tel: 01245 258680 ext 223 or 07872541982
Email: essexchange@relate-northessex.org
Essex Change is a community based domestic violence intervention programme for men who want to end their violent or abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex partner.

Women’s Aid
Tel: 0808 200 0247

Safer places

Tel:0845 0177 668
Email: info@saferplaces.co.uk
Safer places has a live online chat facility.

Victim Support
Tel: 0845 3030 900
Offers information and support to victims of crime, whether or not the matter has been reported to the Police

Tel: 0800 1111
Children and young people can call and talk about any problem

Male Advice Line and Enquiry
Tel: 0845 064 6800

Broken Rainbow
Tel: 0300 999 5428
24hr helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

The Salvation Army
Tel: 020 7367 4500
Email: info@salvationarmy.org.uk
The Salvation Army runs residential shelters for men.


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Useful Numbers

Essex Police
Emergency: 999


Womens Aid
0808 200 0247

Victim Support
0845 3030 900

0800 1111

Mens Advice Line
0808 801 0327

Broken Rainbow
0300 999 5428

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