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Domestic Abuse  

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What is domestic abuse? 

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. 

There are different types of domestic abuse, including physical, psychological, sexual, financial, or emotional abuse, and being cut off from your family and friends. 

How can Wandle help me? 

If you report domestic abuse to us, we will respond and offer to talk to you by the end of the following working day (Monday to Friday).  You can report domestic abuse to us via the safest way for you, whether this is over the phone, by email or possibly social media. 

Email: customerservices@wandle.com 

Phone: 0300 2000 120. 

If something happens to you over the weekend, you can contact the police. You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 for support.

What would Wandle do? 

We know every case is different so we will advise you of what options you have. 

We will give you information about other agencies that offer further advice and support (on tenancy issues, legal advice and so on), and, with your permission, refer you for help. These agencies could include an independent advocacy service who will be able to give you specialist help and advice. 

We can also refer you to the local authority’s Homeless Persons Unit if you need emergency temporary accommodation (for example, refuges). 

We may also discuss options for keeping you safe in your home and any emergency repairs that may be required. 

Our approach is included in our Domestic Abuse Policy, which you can find in Policies. 

Will you keep my information private? 

We will not give your details, or the information you provide, to anyone without your permission unless there are serious concerns for your or your children’s safety. In cases where there are safeguarding concerns, we have a legal responsibility to share information. 

Where else can I get help from? 

National Support Organisations  

National Domestic Violence helpline  

A national helpline which is available every day of the year.  

0808 2000 247.  

Women’s Aid  

If you are a woman facing abuse or violence. 

0808 2000 247 or visit  https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ and for specific services https://bit.ly/3AeTOJv. 

Victim Support  

Victim Support provide a support service to all victims of domestic violence, including specialist support for young victims, male victims and those suffering domestic abuse within same-sex relationships.  

0808 16 89 111 or https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/london/south-london  

Refuge  

Supporting those who have experienced violence and abuse is at the core of Refuge. No matter what your experience – domestic violence, sexual violence, ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, FGM, human trafficking or modern slavery  

0808 2000 247 or https://www.refuge.org.uk/  

Childline  

If you’re a young person needing advice about domestic abuse  

0800 1111 or https://www.childline.org.uk/ 

Men’s Advice Line -  

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic abuse and violence.  

0808 801 0327 or https://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/  

Bright Sky mobile app  

Find your nearest domestic abuse support service using the Bright Sky app. Bright Sky is available to download for free on both Android and iOS devices.  

https://www.bright-sky.org.uk/

Legal Advice  

South West London Law Centres (SWLLC)  

Independent registered charity providing specialised legal advice and assistance covering Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon, Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames and Sutton in South West London.  

020 8767 2777 or https://www.swllc.org/ 

LBGTQ+ Domestic Abuse Services  

Galop 

Support to LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence 

0800 999 5428 or https://galop.org.uk/Stonewall Housing Drop-In  

For LGBT survivors of Domestic Abuse who need help and advice on housing matters. Stonewall Housing is the specialist lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) housing advice and support provider and works across all London boroughs. If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need help and advice around housing, they run a weekly drop-in held on Fridays between 2pm – 3:30pm at London Friend, 86 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DN  

020 7359 5767 or https://stonewallhousing.org/contact-us/  

The London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP)  

The DAP is made up of 4 LGBT agencies who each provide different services for LGBT victims/survivors of domestic abuse. With one phone call, you will be linked in with Stonewall Housing, Galop, Switchboard – LGBT+ Helpline, and London Friend.  

0207 704 2040, https://lgbtdap.org.uk/get-help/ or referrals@galop.org.uk  

Borough guide to domestic abuse services  

Bromley  

  • Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid  

This free service is for anyone suffering from domestic violence who feels that they could benefit from any help or advice.  They operate a Domestic Abuse ‘One Stop Shop‘ in Bromley by telephone every Thursday afternoon from 1:30-4:00pm for legal advice and support.020 8313 9303 or https://www.bcwa.org.uk/one-stop-shop/  

Japanese Service  日本語  https://www.bcwa.org.uk/japanese-service/ 

Croydon  

  • Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid  

This free service is for anyone suffering from domestic violence who feels that they could benefit from any help or advice. 020 8313 9303 or https://www.bcwa.org.uk/one-stop-shop/  

  • FJC (formerly Family Justice Centre)  

The centre can provide you and your family with support and a safety plan if you don’t feel safe at home. 

020 8688 0100 or fjc@croydon.gov.uk or https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/dabuse/fjc  

  • Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre, South London  

0808 802 9999 or https://www.rasasc.org.uk  

  • Cassandra Learning Centre  

Advice, support and counselling services for young people and families who are directly or indirectly involved in abusive relationships. 

1433B London Rd, London, SW16 4AW  

0203 601 7475 or  info@cassandracentre.org.uk   or  https://cassandracentre.org.uk/ 

Kingston upon Thames  

The DV Hub (Kingston Domestic Violence Hub) –  

The Kingston Domestic Violence (DV Hub) provides free, confidential, non-judgmental, and independent support to anyone who is experiencing domestic violence.  

The DV Hub phone line is open 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday  

020 8547 6046 or kingstondvhub@refuge.org.uk or  https://www.kingston.gov.uk/domestic-sexual-violence/get-help-domestic-sexual-violence 

Lambeth  

  • The Gaia Centre  

The Gaia Centre provides confidential, non-judgmental, and independent support services for those living in the London borough of Lambeth who are experiencing gender-based violence.  

020 7733 8724 or lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk or https://www.refuge.org.uk/our-work/our-services/one-stop-shop-services/the-gaia-centre/  

  • African Well Women’s Clinic 

The clinic provides counselling, support, advice for women who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM), as well as advice for practitioners. The clinic also provides antenatal care and assessment, de-infibulation (opening of the scar tissue) for women with type 3 FGM (the most severe type of FGM), post-surgery and postnatal follow-up care. 

020 7288 3482, 07825 034665 or  https://www.whittington.nhs.uk/default.asp?c=20021 

Lewisham  

  • The Athena service 

The Athena service, run by Refuge, provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in the London Borough of Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence. It opened its doors in April 2015 and provides outreach programmes, independent advocacy, group support, refuge accommodation and a specialist service for young women.  

 0800 112 4052 or lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk  

  • Lewisham Children and Family Centres  

They offer 1:1 family support in your home or in the community, can help you access specific domestic abuse services.   

https://www.lewishamcfc.org.uk/parenting-support/domestic-abuse/

Merton  

  • One Stop Shop  

Merton has a confidential drop-in service for people experiencing domestic violence. It’s held every Monday between 9.30am -12.00 noon (except bank holidays) at Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden, SM4 5BL.  

020 7801 1777  

Southwark  

  • Southwark Advocacy Support Service (SASS)  

In partnership with Solace Women’s Aid, provides support for victims of domestic abuse in the Borough.   

 02075931290,  southwark@solacewomensaid.org or https://www.solacewomensaid.org/our-services/solace-southwark-sass 

  • Southwark Wellbeing Hub  

Can give you comprehensive information about what organisations, services and activities are available in your community, including Domestic Abuse support.  

0203 751 9684, southwarkhub@together-uk.org, or https://www.together-uk.org/southwark-wellbeing-hub/ 

Sutton  

  • Sutton One Stop Shop  

Free drop-in advice service for domestic violence victims at all risk levels.  

Takes place every Wednesday morning, 9:30am – 11:30am, Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 1SN.   

020 8092 7569, transformsutton@cranstoun.org.uk or https://cranstoun.org/help-and-advice/domestic-abuse/transform-sutton/ 

  • Sutton Women’s Centre  

Provides local women with a safe space where they can access information, support, advice and education.  

0208 661 1991, info@suttonwomen.co.uk, or https://suttonwomenscentre.co.uk/ 

Wandsworth  

  • Hestia 

 Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy (IDVA) support and refuge accommodation for victims and their children suffering from domestic abuse. They offer both emotional and practical support to ensure that every service user has an up to date risk assessment and support plan tailored to their individual needs. 

0203 879 3544 or richwan.idva@hestia.org 

  • Wandsworth One Stop Shop  

The One Stop Shop is a drop-in service for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse in the borough.  This service is available in two locations: 

St. Mark’s, Battersea Rise, SW11 1EJ: 

  • Opening times: every Monday between 10.00am to 12.00pm (excluding bank holidays) 
  • Appointments: no appointment necessary 

Picasso Building, Minstead Gardens, Roehampton, SW15 4EE: 

  • Opening times: every Wednesday between 10.00am to 12.30pm 

Appointments: no appointment necessary 

Dedicated Services for faith and cultural groups 

Opoka  

Opoka has been working to improve the lives of Polish women and their families since 2012. They provide opportunities to help women and children to move forward to begin their recovery free from violence and abuse. 

0300 365 1700 or https://www.opoka.org.uk/Muslim Women’s Network  

Specialist UK charity that supports women from the Muslim community facing domestic abuse.  

0800 999 5786 or www.mwnhelpline.co.uk/ 

Nour  

Islamic support and advice through Islamic advisors (male and female) who are from a range of different Islamic schools of thought.  

support@nour-dv.org.uk or https://www.nour-dv.org.uk/support/  

Jewish Women’s Aid  

Only specialist organisation in the UK supporting Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse & sexual violence. 

0808 801 0500, or their webchat on https://www.jwa.org.uk/  

Dedicated Services for Disability Groups 

Respond  

National charity providing therapy and specialist support services to people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced abuse, violence, or trauma.  

020 7383 0700 or fill out their online contact form https://respond.org.uk/contact-us/ 

Deafhope 

Deafhope’s mission is to end violence in deaf communities through empowerment, education and services.  

https://www.deaf-hope.org/ 

Support for men using violence in their close relationships 

Respect 

Respect is a pioneering UK domestic abuse organisation leading the development of safe, effective work with perpetrators, male victims and young people using violence in their close relationships. 

Respect Phoneline: 0808 8024040 / www.respectphoneline.org.uk 

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 8010327 / www.mensadviceline.org.uk 

Help with your pets 

Paws Protect 

Paws Protect is Cats Protection’s free, confidential cat fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse, covering London and the home counties. Pets can present one of multiple barriers to people leaving abusive situations, so Paws Protect exist to enable people to leave for safety knowing that their cat will be in a loving home until they are able to be reunited.  

https://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/paws-protect

Dogs Trust 

The Freedom Project provides temporary foster care for dogs belonging to families fleeing domestic violence. 

 https://www.moretodogstrust.org.uk/freedom-project/freedom-project