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Information and Advice - Havering

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called 'honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. Domestic abuse occurs across society, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth, and geography.

Whatever form it takes, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, and should instead be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim. Typically the abuse involves a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour, which tends to get worse over time. The abuse can begin at any time, in the first year, or after many years of life together. It may begin, continue, or escalate after a couple have separated and may take place not only in the home but also in a public place.

Asking for support and advice is often a very difficult thing to do if you are feeling isolated or low in yourself. You may not even feel that you deserve to have support.

It is important to know that there are services out there that can provide advice at the right level for you, your children, family and friends.

Often the first step to breaking the cycle of abuse is sharing your problem with another person whether that is through the helpline, outreach worker or a support group.

Follow the links on this page for more specific information and advice on particular topics.

Find out more about DVA champion network

Domestic abuse information and advice that's relevant throughout England and Wales (much of it also applicable in other areas of the UK) can be accessed through the links on the left.

Below you will find additional information that's specifically relevant to the London Borough of Havering.

We also have local information pages giving for other areas with DA Champion networks.

Support Numbers for Havering

(for national numbers, see the support numbers page)

Havering Women's Aid: 01708 728759

Havering Women's Aid offer refuge accommodation, drop-in sessions and support groups across the borough for victims of domestic abuse.

Floating Support Service: 01708 521346

The Domestic Violence Floating Support Service provides emotional and practical help, advice and information to women and children experiencing domestic abuse who want to remain in their own home. The main focus of the service is to enable women to maintain their independence.

Havering Victim Support: 020 8550 2410 or 0845 450 3936

Victim Support staff have been trained to support and provide advice to anyone suffering from domestic violence. Through the work of two dedicated Independent Domestic Advice Advocates the service will make contact with victims of domestic abuse soon after the police have attended and are there to offer support and advice, help clients through the difficult decisions they need to take and assist victims attending court. Victim Support is also able to offer the loan of a pre-paid mobile phone to victims of domestic abuse to enable them to access emergency and support services.

Woman's Trust: 020 7034 0303/0304

Woman's Trust provides independent, confidential and free services for women affected by domestic violence. This includes one-to-one counselling, support groups and workshops.

East London Rape Crisis Centre: 020 7683 1210

The East London Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling and long-term support for both men and women aged 14 years and above who have been raped or sexually abused. The helpline opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6pm to 8pm).

The Havens, Whitechapel: 020 7247 4787

The Havens is a centre for women, men and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Specialist staff are trained to offer medical help, advice, counselling practical and emotional support.

Galop: 020 7704 2040

Galop is London’s LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. It gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

Services for Children in Havering

The Anchor Project

The Anchor Project provides practical support to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. These packages of support will help children in affected families to recover from the trauma and upheaval they have experienced and can be tailored to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of the child or young person.

Those who are eligible will be aged 20 or under and
• have recently experienced domestic abuse and are in the rehousing or posthousing stages
• living within a Greater London borough
• in financial hardship
• receiving on-going, regular support from a professional organisation
• have already exhausted all other sources of public funds for which they are eligible, including their Local Authority’s Welfare Provision Scheme.

If you want to know more details, please see the project outline (pdf format, 99KB), guidelines and eligibility criteria (pdf format, 101KB), and application form (doc format, 286KB).

Children's Risk Assessment in Havering

Protecting Vulnerable Adults in Havering

The London Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults policy and procedures define an "adult at risk" as someone who is:

  • 18 years or over
  • potentially in need of community care due to a mental health problem, learning disability, physical disability, age or illness
  • possibly finding it difficult to protect themselves from abuse as a result.

Havering Adult protection contacts

Safeguarding adults team

Customer Services Adult Social Care

Havering Vulnerable Adult protection resources

Adult Protection Plan template (doc, 56kB)

Safeguarding adults alert form (doc, 139kB)

Safeguarding adults procedure desktop guide (pdf, 122kB)

London multi-agency policy and procedures to safeguard adults from abuse

Support for female victims of abuse in Havering

Havering Women's Aid

Havering Women's Aid offer a number of services to victims of domestic abuse.

  • Refuge accommodation - Havering Women's Aid provide safe temporary refuge accommodation for women and children escaping domestic abuse
  • Drop-in sessions are available across the borough for victims of domestic abuse. If you wish to access advice or need more information contact Havering Women's Aid on 01708 728759.
  • Support groups run at different times of the year for women who have, or who are still suffering from domestic abuse.

If you wish to access advice or need more information contact Havering Women's Aid on 01708 728759.

Floating Support Service

The Domestic Violence Floating Support Service provides emotional and practical help, advice and information to women and children experiencing domestic abuse who want to remain in their own home. The main focus of the service is to enable women to maintain their independence.

Call 01708 521346 for further information.

Havering Victim Support

Victim Support staff have been trained to support and provide advice to anyone suffering from domestic violence. Through the work of two dedicated Independent Domestic Advice Advocates the service will make contact with victims of domestic abuse soon after the police have attended and are there to offer support and advice, help clients through the difficult decisions they need to take and assist victims attending court.

Victim Support is also able to offer the loan of a pre-paid mobile phone to victims of domestic abuse to enable them to access emergency and support services.

To access all Victim Support services call 020 8550 2410.

Ascent

Ascent is a partnership within the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium that delivers a range of services for survivors of domestic
and sexual violence. It offers dedicated, safe, temporary accommodation across three schemes and works intensively with women to improve safety and enable them to exit violent and abusive relationships/situations. It also provides an outreach service, supporting and enabling women with these needs to access other refuge accommodation.

Referrals are via the National DV Helpline (see above) or from the partner organisations Ashiana, nia and Solace (see below0.

Ascent - The London Specialist Refuge Network (pdf format, 743kB)

Ashiana

Ashiana aims to empower South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women who are experiencing domestic violence with culturally sensitive advice, support and safe housing. It is the lead organisation for the London Specialist Refuge Network, a unique and innovative project providing Pan-London specialist emergency accommodation and support service to women exiting prostitution, women with no recourse to public funds, and to vulnerable women and children affected by domestic/sexual violence who present with complex/mental health needs or problematic substance use.

See information about the services that Ashiana delivers as part of the London Councils' Domestic and Sexual Violence funding stream.

Tel: 020 8539 0427

nia

nia works primarily within North and East London and provides a range of services to women, children and young people who have experienced or are at risk of male violence.

Solace Women's Aid

Solace Women's Aid is a London based charity with a primary focus supporting women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Woman's Trust

Woman's Trust provides independent, confidential and free services for women affected by domestic violence. This includes one-to-one counselling, support groups and workshops. For further advice call 020 7034 0303/0304. Lines are open from 9:30am Monday to Friday.

East London Rape Crisis Centre

The East London Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling and long-term support for both men and women aged 14 years and above who have been raped or sexually abused.

To access the centre's helpline call 020 7683 1210. The helpline opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6pm to 8pm).

There is a leaflet (pdf format, 199KB) available outlining the Centre's services.

Rights of Women

Rights of Women provides free, confidential legal advice for women and advisers in London. This includes advice on criminal or civil law relating to domestic violence, abuse and harassment and sexual offences. All their advisers are women solicitors or barristers with expertise in the relevant areas of law.

Criminal law - call 020 7608 1137 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) on Thursdays between 2 and 4pm

Civil law - call 020 7608 1137 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) on Mondays between 11am and 1pm, Tuesdays between 2 and 4pm, or Wednesdays between 2 and 4pm.

There is a poster (pdf format, 708KB) available outlining their services.

The Havens, Whitechapel

The Havens is a centre for women, men and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Specialist staff are trained to offer medical help, advice, counselling practical and emotional support.

To access support contact the Havens on 020 7247 4787.

Asian Women's Resource Centre

The Asian Women's Resource Centre is a specialist women's organisation, providing support to BMER (Black, Minority, Ethnic, Refugee) women and children across London. It provides domestic violence one to one support, outreach group support, advocacy and counselling, and a multi-lingual advice line.

Email: asianwomencentre@aol.com

Support for male victims of abuse in Havering

Havering Women's Aid

In spite of its name, Havering Women's Aid also offers drop-in appointments and support to men who have, or are experiencing, domestic violence. For further information call 01708 728759.

East London Rape Crisis Centre

The East London Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling and long-term support for both men and women aged 14 years and above who have been raped or sexually abused.

To access the centre's helpline call 020 7683 1210. The helpline opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6pm to 8pm).

Support for members of the LGBT community in Havering

London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership

The London LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) is a way for LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse to get the maximum amount of help with a minimum amount of hassle by providing cross-agency support. The DAP is open to any LGBT person experiencing domestic violence who is living or working in London.

Website: lgbtdap.org.uk

ROAR

ROAR is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT*) Domestic Abuse Advocacy service initiated by Stonewall Housing & the LGBT* DAF. The aims of this specialist service are to ensure that LGBT* people affected by domestic abuse across all London boroughs are fully supported, provided with confidential housing, legal, and safety advice, advocacy, sign-posting, emotional support, and one to one tenancy sustainment.

Weekly drop-in sessions: see details (pdf format, 51KB)

Galop

Galop is London’s LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity. It gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

Advice line:  020 7704 2040
Website: www.galop.org.uk

MARAC in Havering

Services for Perpetrators in Havering

Domestic Violence Intervention Project

The Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP) supports violent men who want to change their behaviour, as well as ensuring their partners' safety. To access their service call 020 8563 7983. You may also wish to read through their leaflet, "Working with perpetrators of domestic violence" (PDF, 324kB).

Everyman Project

The Everyman Project is a voluntary, charitable organisation based in London which offers a range of support services for men who want to stop behaving violently or abusively, and for the people affected by their violence or abuse. It runs a 30 week Therapeutic Counselling Programme designed to challenge, educate, inform, support and help men who have issues with their angry, violent and abusive behaviours and want to change them, and also a core, fundamental support service for partners/victims of men undertaking the programme, including support, safety planning, in depth counselling and signposting where relevant.

The Everyman Project has a confidential helpline that is available to both men and women. Call 020 7263 8884 Monday to Thursday between 6.30pm to 8pm to access the service.

Havering Local Safeguarding Children’s Board Training

LSCB training Brochure 2014-15 (pdf format, 837kB)

LSCB Training application form Feb 2014-15 (doc format, 128kB)

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