If you are experiencing domestic violence you are advised to contact the police to report any incidents. If you are fleeing your home due to domestic violence or harassment, you are advised to approach any local authority where you feel safe.
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, you can either:
- call the Housing Inclusion Service on 020 8921 2863 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or 020 8854 8888 (out of hours)
- 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 the Sanctuary Scheme, aimed at helping you stay in your present accommodation by getting extra security for your home by, for example, changing locks.
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.
For free information on your housing rights, contact Greenwich Housing Rights.
The HER Centre is small local women's charity based in Greenwich, providing services to women and girls in Greenwich, Bexley and Lewisham.
Women's Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
If you require further advice please contact the Housing Inclusion Service on 020 8921 2863.