Compass is a single point of access funded by Essex County Council in partnership with the Office of Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to support victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.
Compass is being delivered by a consortium of established domestic abuse support agencies which includes; Safe Steps, Changing Pathways and The Next Chapter. The aim is to provide a single point of access for callers to speak with a trained member of staff who will complete an assessment and ensure contact is made with the most appropriate support service. There is an easy to use online form for both the public and professionals wishing to make a referral.
The single point of access is not replacing any support services already provided in Essex by Safe Steps, Changing Pathways and The Next Chapter. Its function is to increase accessibility to ensure victims get the right support at the right time.
* Statistics source: Essex Police Domestic Abuse Statistics 2017-2021 and Compass reporting