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.

Emergency housing

If you need emergency housing, you can either:

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.

Ask for a referral to a GDVA refuge

The charity Refuge also has information about refuges. Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline for referrals.

Housing rights

For free information on your housing rights, contact Greenwich Housing Rights.

Helpful contacts

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a 24-hour freephone service available on 0808 2000 247. They can offer advice and support to access a refuge.

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.

The National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline is available if you are in a same-sex relationship and experiencing abuse. You can reach them on 0800 999 5428.

If you require further advice please contact the Housing Inclusion Service on 020 8921 2863.