What is Abuse?
Everyone has arguments, and everyone disagrees with their partners, family members and others close to them from time to time. And we all do things at times that we regret, and which cause unhappiness to those we care about. But if this begins to form a consistent pattern, then it is an indication of domestic violence and abuse.
If you are not sure whether this applies to you, there is a helpful questionnaire to complete on the Women’s Aid website:
Recognising that you are being abused is an important step. Where you go from here is up to you. You may feel you need time to think about your situation. Or perhaps you have already made up your mind to leave. Whatever you decide, your safety and that of your children is always the priority.
If you are in immediate danger call 999.
Help and support for you and your family
You are not to blame, you are not alone and help is available. If you or your children have been affected by domestic abuse, there are a range of services that can help you and your family.
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.
They can help you to:
Talk to someone who understands what you are going through
Receive support with contacting the police
Move away from the area
Access a refuge
Stay at home, but want to find out how you can keep safe
Receive support if you are considering going to court
Access legal advice
Manage your financial situation
If you are in Lewisham, call the Athena Service, run by Refuge, on 0800 112 4052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For further general support and information:
National Domestic Violence Helpline – for *24 hour support or to discuss your options call FREE & in confidence – 0808 2000 247*
Report an incident to the Police on 101.
If you suffered abuse in childhood you might be finding things especially difficult, support is available: 0808 801 0331 / email@example.com
Services We Offer
We offer 1:1 family support in your home or in the community, we can help you access specific domestic abuse services such as Athena (see below) and a range of group activities within our own Centres.
Our 2 main programmes are:
- Freedom programme – a group for women who are at risk, have experienced or are experiencing Domestic Abuse.
- CODA – a therapeutic programme for children of all ages which also supports mothers (this can be delivered through an age-based group in a children’s centre or on a 1:1 basis in school, home or in a children’s centre)
If you would like to access family support, get help with accessing Athena or other domestic abuse services or you would like to attend one of our programmes, please do contact us and self-refer via our confidential email below. To make a referral click below.
Services Offering Support and Help