Domestic violence

If you are being abused, threatened, or physically or sexually assaulted by a partner, former partner, or a family member, then you are the victim of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviour including:

  • physical - hitting, biting, punching, breaking bones, choking
  • psychological - constant criticism, bullying, insults, being kept locked up, humiliation, threats to harm or kill, stalking
  • sexual - forcing sex in ways that hurt or abuse or in front of others, enforced prostitution
  • financial - keeping someone without money or threatening to withhold money

Who can you talk to?

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing domestic violence there are a range of services that can offer help and support.

In an emergency you should always ring the police on 999.

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone.

Telephone 0808 2000 247.

Bexley Women's Aid is a local charity with over 30 years' experience of helping women and children who experience domestic abuse. Their mission is to enable and empower women and children experiencing domestic abuse to obtain and sustain a safe living environment.

Telephone 020 8301 1536. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3pm.

The police in Bexley have a specialist Community Safety Unit for domestic violence, race, hate and homophobic crime.

Bexleyheath Police Station
2 Arnsberg Way
Bexleyheath
DA7 4QS

Telephone 101.

In an emergency you should always ring the police on 999.

The Independent Domestic Violence Advisers provide an immediate response to domestic violence crisis situations. The adviser will carry out a risk assessment and work with partner agencies including the Police, Social Services and Women's Aid to provide help and support to the victims of domestic violence.

The Crisis Intervention Team at the London Borough of Bexley works in partnership with T G Baynes solicitors to offer free legal advice to those experiencing difficulties within the family. Advice includes:

  • child contact/access
  • divorce and separation
  • injunctions/non-molestation orders/non-occupation orders

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence please telephone 020 8303 7777 and ask for the Crisis Intervention team to arrange an appointment.

This is a free 12 week rolling programme for any woman living in Bexley who has experienced, or is experiencing domestic abuse.

The Freedom Programme aims to:

  • help women understand the beliefs held by abusive men and in so doing recognising which of these beliefs they have shared
  • illustrate the effects of domestic violence on children
  • assist women to recognise potential future abusers
  • help women gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives
  • introduce women to community resources

For more information contact Bexley Women's Aid:

  • telephone 020 8301 1536. Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm

Email admin@bexleywomensaid.org.uk

The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. The advice line can offer emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services that can offer further help and support. The focus is to increase the safety of men experiencing domestic violence (and the safety of their children) and reduce the risk.

Telephone 0808 801 0327.

Mankind is a national organisation that offers support and advice to men that are the victims of domestic violence.

Telephone 01823 334244.

Rights of Women is a women's voluntary organisation committed to informing, educating and empowering women concerning their legal rights. They offer free confidential legal advice to women on their advice line. They offer specialist advice in family law, divorce and relationship breakdown, children and contact issues, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, discrimination and lesbian parenting. They empower women to access their legal rights.

Family law advice line:

  • telephone 020 7251 6577
  • textphone 020 7490 2562
  • Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm
  • Wednesday 7pm to 9pm
  • Thursday 7pm to 9pm
  • Fridays 12noon to 2pm

Criminal law advice line:

  • telephone 020 7251 8887
  • textphone 020 7490 2562
  • Tuesday 11am to 1pm

Immigration and asylum law advice line:

  • telephone 020 7490 7689
  • textphone 020 7490 2562

Leave a message with your name and a contact telephone number. You will receive a call back from a member of our staff who will advise you when a lawyer will call you. All call backs will not leave an answer phone message and our telephone number will be withheld.

Ascent advice line for women and advisors in London, for advice on family law issues:

  • telephone 020 7608 1137
  • textphone 020 7490 2562
  • Mondays 11am to 1pm
  • Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm

Ascent advice line for women and advisors in London, for advice on criminal law issues:

  • telephone 020 7608 1137
  • textphone 020 7490 2562
  • Thursdays 2pm to 4pm