Housing options for people experiencing domestic violence
Your housing options
There are different forms of help available depending on your situation, for example, if you live with your abuser or you live alone.
If you need emergency housing, contact Housing Options and Support – call 020 8921 2863 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or 020 8854 8888 (out of hours). Or visit the Woolwich Centre (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).
If you're a council tenant
Contact your tenancy officer. They'll talk to you about your options and help you agree a plan of action. They can also help you to arrange temporary accommodation if necessary or give you advice on making your home more secure.
Don't make any big decisions such as giving up your tenancy until you've had advice.
If you're a private tenant or home owner
Contact the Housing Aid Centre for advice.
Making your home more secure
Greenwich Domestic Violence and Abuse Services (GDVA) runs a scheme aimed at helping you stay in your present accommodation by getting extra security for your home by, for example, changing locks.
Call 020 8317 8273 to find out more about GDVA's Sanctuary Scheme.
The housing charity Shelter also provides advice on taking steps to make your home safer.
Moving to a refuge
Refuges can provide somewhere safe for you and your children to stay.
GDVA provides refuge spaces in the borough for women and children.
To ask for a referral to a GDVA refuge, call 020 8317 8273.
For free information on your housing rights, contact Greenwich Housing Rights.