Help for people experiencing domestic abuse
Where to go for advice
Seeking help if you're being abused can be hard.
You may feel there's nowhere to turn or that no-one will take you seriously. There is help available, however.
If the abuse is happening now and you think you're at immediate risk of harm, call 999.
If the abuse has already happened and you want to report it to the police, call 101 or the Greenwich Policy Community Safety Unit on 020 8284 9550.
Greenwich Domestic Violence and Abuse Services (GDVA) is the main source of help and information for people who live in the borough and are experiencing domestic abuse. Funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, GDVA can provide you with services including:
- advice and support
- refuge accommodation
- child support.
The Her Centre provides free and confidential advice for women. It also holds weekly drop-in sessions (One Stop Shop) every Friday from 10am to 12pm in Woolwich.
There are various housing options available depending on your individual circumstances.
Legal and financial
For legal help, contact the Her Centre (One Stop Shop) or get a solicitor.
For financial help, contact the Welfare Rights service.
You may also find the following resources useful:
Support for specific groups
Call the confidential GDVA helpline on 020 8317 8273 for advice and help.
Read about abusive relationships, including real stories, on the Disrespect Nobody website.
For sexual health services, you can visit The Point in Woolwich.
Contact the LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity Metro