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Domestic abuse and how to get help in Southwark

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How to get help for domestic abuse in Southwark

Southwark Domestic Abuse Service (delivered by Refuge)

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 - a 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

Safe Spaces

Southwark Safe Spaces are for victim-survivors of domestic abuse.

We understand that many people experiencing domestic abuse are unable to make a safe phone call from home or on a mobile phone.

A Safe Space is a confidential, private and safe room for people who are experiencing domestic abuse, where they can access resources for support and make a phone call to get help.

There are 72 Safe Spaces rooms across the borough that carry the Safe Spaces logo. 43 are open to the public. 29 are closed to parents whose children attend that school.

Find the location of your closest Safe Space or email communitysafety@southwark.gov.uk.

For more information about Safe Spaces

National domestic abuse support

Page last updated: 13 March 2024

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