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Safe Steps (Southend-on-Sea)

What we do

Safe Steps Logo | For a brighter future, free from abuseSafe Steps support women, men and children affected by domestic abuse from the Southend-on-Sea area. We have over 40 years experience of delivering high quality services to victims of domestic abuse.

Services for women

The Dove Crisis Support is a women only service, aiming to be a supportive place for those experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse. The service is run by trained female practitioners who will listen to your experiences and assist you to keep you and your family safe. The Dove offers:

  • 1-1 advocacy and support from specialist IDVAs
  • Drop in centre and outreach surgeries in Southend
  • Emergency refuge accommodation
  • Accredited programmes of support and recovery
  • 1-1 Counselling
  • Specialist IDVA support service for victims with complex needs (substance misuse, mental health, homelessness).

Telephone: 01702 302 333

Services for children, young people and families

Our Fledglings team provides support for children, young people and families post separation, aiming to rebuild family relationships and promote recovery. The service offers:

  • 1-1 support for children and young people
  • A range of accredited Recovery Programmes
  • Counselling
  • Parenting support
  • Break the Cycle – a dedicated CYPVA service for those aged 13-19yrs
  • Healthy Relationships Schools Programme
  • Specialist Training for professionals working with CYP.

Telephone for information or to request a referral form: 01702 302 333

Services for men

We provide a telephone and appointment based support service for male survivors.  Services include:

  • Telephone helpline
  • 1-1 advocacy and support from specialist IDVAs
  • Referral to emergency refuge accommodation
  • Male Counsellor
  • 1-1 accredited programmes of recovery.

Telephone: 01702 302 333

Changing Pathways (Basildon, Brentwood, Epping, Harlow, Thurrock, Castle Point, Rochford)

What we do

Changing Pathways has been providing support to women, men and their children affected by domestic abuse in South Essex and Thurrock for over forty years.

We provide advocacy and support to survivors of domestic abuse. We work to empower survivors to find their pathway to a life without fear and abuse.

Working across the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Epping, Harlow, Rochford and Thurrock, we provide a range of accessible services, helping those affected by domestic abuse and stalking to be safer:

  • Safe, temporary refuge accommodation for women and their children.
  • Outreach support for individuals experiencing domestic abuse living in the local community.
  • Dedicated support and advocacy for individuals experiencing stalking and harassment.
  • Parenting education and one to one support for Thurrock residents.
  • Specialist support for survivors from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities experiencing ‘honour-based abuse and forced marriage or who have no recourse to public funds.
  • Individual and group counselling and therapy to help survivors recover from trauma.
  • Play therapy and counselling for children who have experienced domestic abuse in their home environment.
  • Support and advocacy for hospital patients who are experiencing domestic abuse.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and/or other forms of inter-personal violence including stalking, harassment, ‘honour-based’ abuse and forced marriage then contact us for help and support.

Do you feel unsafe?

Domestic abuse impacts on all communities. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and/or financial/economic abuse, or are being threatened or intimidated by a partner or ex-partner or close family member, you could be a survivor of domestic abuse.

You could experience abuse from an ex-partner in the form of stalking which happens on separation from your partner. You can also be stalked by an acquaintance, family members and a stranger. If a stalker’s behaviour impacts how you live and your daily life then please get in touch.

You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed and confused. If you have children, you may be concerned about how the domestic abuse is impacting upon them too.

You do not have to face this situation on your own. Changing Pathways will support you through your decision to reclaim your right to a safe, happy and abuse free life. You will not be judged in any way and we will ensure that we only ever move at the pace you want to go. Please get in touch if you think we can help you.

Call us
01268 729 707
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The Next Chapter – (Chelmsford, Colchester, Maldon, Tendring, Uttlesford, Braintree)

We work with survivors of domestic abuse to help them make choices to reclaim their lives and begin their next chapter. We cover the areas of Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Maldon, Tendring and Uttlesford.

Our services

Refuge Accommodation:
Our crisis accommodation is available to women and their children who are fleeing domestic abuse. Alongside the safe place to stay, we offer a wide range of emotional and practical support to give women the space, time and opportunity to cope with what they have experienced and to build resilience and self confidence for a future life without domestic abuse. A resettlement worker also supports families moving on from refuge accommodation.

Recovery Refuge:
Our recovery refuge offers a housing solution for women who are experiencing domestic abuse along with other influences of using drug or alcohol as way coping with the trauma experienced.

Our Recovery Refuge helps to build a more equal society for women where everyone has a safe roof over their head regardless of their circumstances.

In the Community:
We deliver emotional and practical support to people in the community experiencing domestic abuse or violence and who feel unable to leave their situation and/or wish to remain in their own home.

We provide support services to former refuge residents to help them rebuild their lives.

Hospital Support:
We work with the safeguarding team to support any victim of domestic abuse admitted to hospital.

Help for Children and Young People:
Children will be affected by domestic abuse; they may witness it happening or may hear it from another room and they will certainly see the impact it has. For families staying in our refuge accommodation we offer practical and emotional support to help children and young people understand and overcome the abuse they have experienced and help them build self confidence and emotional resilience for the future.

Awareness Raising & Training
We provide training to organisations to help them develop the skills to spot the signs of domestic abuse and the confidence to approach the issue so that more people have access to the support they need sooner. We believe that by talking about the issue at schools and within community groups we will increase the number of people in the community who feel confident to have that first conversation to encourage people experiencing abuse to come forward to seek help.

If you are living with domestic abuse, or know someone in this situation we can offer support.

Contact us:

Phone: 01206 500585 or 01206 761276 (from 5 pm to 8 am you will be transferred to our on call worker)

Email: info@thenextchapter.org.uk, referrals@thenextchapter.org.uk, referrals@nextchapter.cjsm.net (secure email)


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