Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

We are not currently running face to face sessions until further notice, in order to comply with national and local government guidance. Our online sessions are still running, please see our timetable page for more details.

We are still providing Family and Parenting Support and you can request 1:1 support by filling out our contact us form or emailing Lewisham.Secure@eyalliance.org.uk

If you have any questions about your child’s development or need any other help and would like to talk to a member of the team, please send us a message via our contact us form.

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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:

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/the-survivors-handbook/am-i-in-an-abusive-relationship/

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 and that of your children is always the priority.

Keeping safe if you’re still living with the abuser

Keeping safe if you’ve left your partner, but are still in danger

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.

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.
  • Community Groups Programme – 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.

Lewisham.Secure@eyalliance.org.uk

ATHENA

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 lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk

For further general support and information:

http://www.refuge.org.uk
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

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 / support@napac.org.uk

Local Information

South London Rape Crisis Centre – 0808 8029 999

Female Genital Mutilation:

https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/socialcare/children/female-genital-mutilation

https://africadvocacy.org/

For information and support with domestic abuse, sexual violence and drug misuse:

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/domestic-abuse/ 

 

 

National Information

Surviving Economic Abuse – Support for victims of economic abuse

Mankind – Support for male victims of domestic violence.
Tel: 01823 334 244

RESPECT – Working with male victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

National Victim Support – 0845 303 0900

Southall Black Sisters Domestic violence resource centre for Asian, African, Afro-Caribbean women  – 020 8571 9595

Forced Marriage Unit – 020 7008 0151

Karma Nirvana (honour based violence) –  0800 5999 247

Hot Peach Pages Directory of domestic abuse agencies world-wide

Rights of Women Legal Advice

Imkaan is a UK-based, women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls

Asha a South Asian organisation that works to end violence against women and girls

Ashiana helping Black and Minority Ethnic women, in particular, women from South Asian, Turkish & Iranian communities, aged 16-30 years who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Manchester:
Safety4Sisters
aims to address the exclusion of migrant women (particularly those with ‘no recourse to public funds’) from the most basic rights of safety and protection

SAWN is an organisation promoting participation and engagement of Black and Ethnic Minority Women (BME) and Foreign National Prisoners in the UK

Saheli gives Asian women a chance to get away from violent domestic abuse situations by providing an environment which is safe, culturally familiar and which helps them come to decisions of their own about their next steps

Female Genital Mutilation:

https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/socialcare/children/female-genital-mutilation

https://africadvocacy.org/

For information and support with domestic abuse, sexual violence and drug misuse:

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/domestic-abuse/ 

 

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