Domestic violence

If you are experiencing domestic violence, please don't suffer in silence.

Everyone has the right to live free from abuse and fear. If you are experiencing domestic violence you may feel frightened, alone and confused. Please know that you are not to blame and you are not alone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence but men can be victims too. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, psychological and emotional abuse of any kind within a family or relationship.

How to get help

If you or your children are in immediate danger, you should always call the police on 999.

The domestic violence one stop shop provides a free and confidential service in Redbridge to help keep you safe. With your consent, they can put you in touch with other support organisations that understand your specific needs including housing, legal matters and the police. You do not need to book an appointment and can just dropin.

  • Location: Vine Church, Community Hall, Riches Road, Ilford, IG1 1JH
  • Times: Friday mornings between 10.00am and 12.00pm

Redbridge Action Against Domestic Abuse (RAADA) provides support and advice for women and children affected by domestic violence. They can provide a safe environment, on a short-term basis if you have been forced to leave your home.

Visit RAADA websiteor contact 0794 687 2734, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm

You can talk in confidence to experienced Independent Domestic Violence Advisors at Redbridge Victim Support. They can give you advice and emotional and practical support. They will only work with the police if you want them to. Contact 020 8550 2410 from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Specialist organisations

Karma Nirvana can help support you if you have been a victim and survivor of forced marriageor honour basedabuse.

Visit Karma Nirvana website

There is advice and support for Asian, Turkish/Kurdish and Iranian women from Ashiana.

Visit Ashiana website or contact 0208 539 0427

Broken Rainbow provides support if you are lesbian, gay, bisexualor transgenderand areexperiencing homophobic, transphobicor same sex domestic violence.

Visit Broken Rainbow website or contact 0300 999 5428, Monday 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am to 1.00pm, Thursday 2.00pm to 8.00pm

There is a Men’s Advice Helpline if you are a man suffering domestic violence or abuse, in heterosexual orsame-sex relationships.

Visit Men’s Advice Helpline website or contact 0808 801 0327 (freephone)

There are also a number of national and voluntary organisations that can provide you with advice and support. See the useful links section at the bottom of the page.

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Harassment and hate crime, Personal safety, Protecting at adults of risk and abuse, Internet safety, Help in an emergency

External websites:Redbridge Action Against Domestic Abuse (RAADA), Karma Nirvana, Ashiana,Broken Rainbow, Men’s Advice Helpline,Refuge, National Centre for Domestic Violence, Womens Trust, Aanchal Women's Aid