Families impacted by Domestic Abuse will find support in Lewisham Children & Family Centres via a small range of group activities, aimed at supporting women and children. Our programmes are delivered by our own staff alongside multi agency partners from Schools, Health and Social Care.

Our 2 main programmes are:

  • Freedom programme – a group for women who are at risk, have experienced or are experiencing Domestic Abuse.
  • Community Groups Programme – a therapeutic programme for women and their children who no longer reside with the perpetrator and are not in crisis.

Alongside this there is a parent-led group for women who have completed the Freedom programme and would like to join other women to share their experiences and offer peer support.
If you would like to talk to someone about accessing one of these programmes please contact

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We work closely with Athena and other services to offer support to families where there has been domestic abuse.
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.
If you’re in Lewisham, call the Athena Service on 0800 112 4052 or email lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk

Keeping safe

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 is always the priority.

For further information:

Report an incident to the Police on 101.
If you are in immediate danger call 999.

For support or to discuss your options call free & in confidence:
0808 2000 247*
*24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline. Run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid.

Other useful helplines:

Broken Rainb​ow​ Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.
Tel: 0300 999 5428
Support for male victims of domestic violence.
Tel: 01823 334 244

National Victim Support
Tel: 0845 303 0900

National Domestic Violence 24 hour helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247