Domestic abuse and how to get help

How to get help for domestic abuse in Southwark

If you're experiencing any kind of domestic or sexual abuse, the Southwark Advocacy and Support Services (SASS) can help. They support people aged 16 and above, who live in Southwark, at risk of domestic or sexual abuse whether they choose to report the abuse to the police or not.

SASS offer support whether you choose to report the abuse to police or not

They can help you by providing advice and support with:

  • improving your safety
  • housing and homelessness
  • finances and welfare benefits
  • access to legal services
  • parenting and children
  • emotional support.

They also provide a service for men, women and young people using violence within an intimate or family relationship.

For help contact SASS:

National domestic abuse support

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Domestic abuse support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Practical support if you're going through domestic abuse

  • Safelives has guidance on coronavirus and domestic abuse plus has an enewsletter you can sign up to
  • Citizen’s Advice Southwark provides support by phone and email
  • Migrant Information Hub has translated COVID-19 related information and guidance for migrants in the UK, although written more for people in Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Southwark Sustenance has a map of food sharing initiatives, including food banks

Emotional support for survivors of domestic abuse

Apps for supporting young people who self-harm

  • Calm Harm is a free app that provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm
  • My Shiny Thing, an iOS based free app is a individualised, distraction-based coping tool
  • Self-Heal is iOS and Android based and provides activities to do, motivational memes and advice on managing self-harm urges
  • Moods for iOS asks you about your moods and provides reports on those you feel most often
  • Daylio is iOS and Android based, is a private diary that captures your mood and activities and can help create useful habits like running, eating more healthily or waking up earlier
  • Elefriends app for Android is supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind
  • BlueIce for iOS and Android can help you manage your emotions and to reduce urges to self-harm; it’s available on prescription only in many Children Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provider

Advice for parents or carers of children

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Page last updated: 02 November 2020

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