Havering Women’s Aid – 01708 728759
Havering Women’s Aid are an organisation based in Havering that offer floating support to both men or women affected by domestic abuse and violence. Support is available to people aged 16 plus who are resident of Havering. Support includes safety planning with agreed outcomes, specialist information and advice, access to their one-to-one counselling, and group courses such as the Freedom Programme.
Victim Support Pan London IDVA Service – 0808 168 9291
Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA) at Victim Support offer support to men and women with advice, information, and advocacy. They also help with legal remedies, assistance with housing or finding refuge, and onward referral to other services.
The PAN London IDVA’s are based at Romford Police Station and will be supporting the Borough Command Unit (BCU) with victim’s coming through the Criminal Justice System.
MENDAS – 01708 397 974
Men’s Domestic Abuse Service (MENDAS) are based in Havering and offer support to male victims of domestic abuse and violence.
They assist by providing emotional and practical help, advice and information, advocacy support, help to access specialist support, and one-to-one counselling.
East London Rape Crisis Centre (Nia) - 020 7683 1210 / 0800 160 1036
If you are a victim of rape, sexual abuse or violence contact the East London Rape Crisis Centre for free, confidential advice, and support.
They offer specialist help to women and girls over the age of 14, which includes emotional and practical support, one-to-one counselling, group support, and advocacy.
Solace Women’s Aid – 0808 802 5565
Solace Women’s Aid provide specialist domestic abuse and sexual abuse counselling services to women and children, which includes an assessment.
They also provide Women’s Support Groups for women and girls from 16 years old, who are survivors of or are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Ashiana Network – 020 8539 0427
Ashiana Network are a specialist organisation supporting Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) women, particularly from South Asian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern background who are experiencing domestic abuse and violence.
They offer one-to-one counselling, education and prevention, support groups, advocacy, specialist and immigration advice, as well as refuge.
Women’s Trust – 020 7034 0303
Woman’s Trust is a specialist mental health charity, empowering women to overcome the psychological effects of domestic abuse, providing free counselling and therapy, including crisis counselling for those requiring immediate support. They also offer self-development workshops and support groups to build relationships and social circles.
GALOP – 020 7704 2040
LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse and violence can contact GALOP who provide confidential advice and support to members of the LGBT+ community who have experienced homophobia/biphobia/transphobia, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Deaf Health Charity- Text 07800 003421
SignHealth run the UK’s first and only specialist service for Deaf victims of domestic abuse and their families. Their team of qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) are Deaf using British Sign Language (BSL) and other international sign languages to support clients.
Survivors UK – 020 3598 3898
A sexual violence support service for those identifying as male, transgender, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that the service is a right fit for them.
Respect – 0808 802 4040
A confidential helpline for perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence looking for help to stop.
They help male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
They also support partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as concerned friends and family members.
Women in Prison – 0800 953 0125
Is a national charity providing specialist support services for women by women, offering advice and support to women affected by the criminal justice system.
Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999247
National Helpline that provides advise and information to victims of honour based violence and forced marriage.
London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
The London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium is made up of 29 organisations working in partnership to deliver comprehensive, cost effective, high quality services to all communities across London. This innovative partnership strengthens referral pathways across organisations and identifies trends and emerging needs.
You can also find local support to suit your circumstances through the Domestic Abuse Champions Network.
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS, also known as Clare’s Law is intended to provide information that could protect someone from being a victim of domestic abuse.
The initiative is named after the late Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009.
Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them.
Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.
A disclosure under this Scheme is the sharing of specific information about an individual with the person making the application or a third person, for the purposes of protecting a potential victim from domestic abuse and violence.
The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. Clare’s Law has two functions.
- ‘Right to ask’ – this enables someone to ask the police about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. A precedent for such a scheme exists with the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme
- ‘Right to know’ – police can proactively disclose information in prescribed circumstances.
You can apply for Clare’s law by attending your local police station in person, where a police officer or member of police staff will take the details of what prompted the enquiry and talk through the next steps.
Any disclosure will be made in person and identification will be required. None of the disclosure is made in writing and documents are not provided.
You can also apply for Clare’s law online.