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Domestic abuse and how to get help

How to get help for domestic abuse in Southwark

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If you're experiencing any kind of domestic or sexual abuse, contact Southwark Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) delivered by Refuge for help:

Refuge is the largest specialist domestic abuse organisation in the UK and they are delivering domestic and sexual violence community-based services to those living in Southwark who have experienced or are at risk of, gender-based violence including:

  • domestic violence and abuse
  • rape, sexual violence
  • prostitution
  • trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • stalking and harassment
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • forced marriage
  • so-called ‘honor’-based abuse

Refuge supports thousands of survivors on any given day, helping them overcome the physical, emotional, financial, and logistical impacts of abuse and rebuild their lives - free from fear.

They can help by providing the following services:

  • Independent Gender-Based Violence Advocates (IGVAs) - provide information, advice, and intensive advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence and abuse
  • Sanctuary Scheme - implements safety measures in victim’s homes
  • Perpetrators Service - offers opportunities to change through 1-to-1 intensive sessions
  • Survivor group work programme - 12-week group which supports women to regain ownership of their lives
  • Counselling (in partnership with Bede House) - 16-week 1-2-1 counselling programme for survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse
  • Children’s Therapeutic Support (In Partnership with Bede House) - Qualified Children’s Therapists provide a 1-2-1 12 week play and arts-based therapeutic intervention

National domestic abuse support

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline (run by Refuge) is a 24 hour freephone helpline - 080 8 200 0247
  • Women’s Aid Live Chat is available Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 12pm
  • Hollie Guard is an app that turns a smartphone into a personal safety device by notifying your chosen contact if you're in danger

Page last updated: 17 October 2023


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