Southend, Essex & Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board is holding an awareness week in November.

What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse  can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. The majority of victims of domestic abuse are women but it can happen to men too.  The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Everyone has arguments and may disagree with their partners, family members and others close to them from time to time, however anyone forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s or family member's reaction is being abused. It can begin at any stage of the relationship. Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off. Incidents generally become more frequent and severe over time.

More information can be found regarding domestic abuse below;

Compass - 0330 333 7 444
Compass is a new Domestic Abuse Helpline to access Community Based Services and Specialist Accommodation in Essex

The Next Chapter -  01206 500585
The Next Chapter (previously known as Colchester & Tendring Women’s Refuge) supports women, together with their children, who have suffered domestic abuse. We offer crisis accommodation and outreach support to help them make independent decisions about their futures.