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.

Refuge is Redbridge's specialist domestic violence service for everyone who has experienced, or is at risk of gender based violence. This one stop shop provides a free and confidential service in Redbridge to help keep you safe.

For free, confidential advice call Refuge on 0800 169 7759 (Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm) or email

Visit the Refuge website for more information.

Specialist organisations

Karma Nirvana can help support you if you have been a victim and survivor of forced marriage or honour-based abuse.

Ashiana Network specialises in helping Black and Minority Ethnic woman, in Particular, woman from South Asian, Kurkish & Iranian communities, aged 16-30 years who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Anachal Women's Aid also provides support to women in East London who are not a British citizen and here on visas with no recourse to public funds.

Galop is an LGBT + anti-violence charity. They provide confidential and independent advice and support for hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

ManKind Initiative support men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).

There are also several 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: Karma Nirvana, Ashiana, Refuge  National Centre for Domestic ViolenceWomens Trust, Aanchal Women's Aid