Domestic abuse

If you or someone you know is being abused by a partner, ex-partner or a family member, there are support services available to help. 

In an emergency

If you are in immediate danger phone 999, or ask someone else to phone. State whether you need the police, ambulance or fire service. Try to move to a safe place, avoiding kitchens or stairs, and try to stay near a door for a quick escape if you have to leave the area you are in.

If you dial 999 but are unable to speak, press 55 to let the emergency services know.

If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.

If you need help 

If you need help or are concerned for somebody else, you can contact the following:

Redbridge Women's Resource 

A virtual interactive space for all women in Redbridge to quickly find the information they need.

Redbridge Women's Resource


Refuge is a free service for anyone, regardless of gender, living in Redbridge who has experienced, or is at risk of gendered based abuse, including victims of sexual abuse and violence. 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Reach Out

A support service for adults in Redbridge who are being abused or fear being abused. The service provides help whether you wish to remain with your partner or need help to separate.


Nia is a support service for women and girls who have been subjected to sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Services include specialist help for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

  • Call 0800 160 1036
  • Email
  • If your call is unanswered, leave a message with a safe telephone number and the best time to call you, and they will call you back

Specialist help and support

There is specialist support available for young people, victims from ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+ victims and male victims of domestic abuse. 

Visit the domestic abuse page on the Redbridge council website

  • If you are worried about their immediate safety, call 999
  • Report a crime by calling police on 101
  • Report anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or online
  • Stay connected by keeping regular contact. This creates safe spaces and opportunities to ask for help.
  • Let your friend know that you’ve noticed something is wrong. They might not be ready to talk, but try to find quiet times when they can talk if they choose to
  • Call the freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit the National Domestic Abuse Helpline website to get a call back.
  • Do not approach or contact the perpetrator. This could escalate the abuse and put you and the person at risk of harm
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