Help and support for domestic or sexual abuse
If you are in immediate danger
Call the police on 999
Silent Help: If you need help but are unable to speak, ring 999 when they answer press 55
This alerts the operator and the police will be sent to help you
Get emergency refuge accommodation and advice
If you are fleeing domestic abuse, call the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. It is free if you call from a landline or public phone.
National Domestic Abuse live chat is available Monday to Friday, 3 - 10pm at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Children Overcoming Domestic Abuse (CODA) Community Group Programme (0-19 Early Help Offer)
The programme is open to children 4 to 11 years (this age range may be extended in the near future).
We only can offer this service for children and mothers that aren't living with the alleged abuser.
We offer separate groups for children and mothers who have experienced domestic abuse. The groups run for 12 weeks.
The aim is to help children to begin the healing process by:
- sharing their experiences
- exploring ways of expressing their feelings
- looking at coping strategies for the future
Mothers will have the opportunity to meet other women who have had similar experiences, explore the impact the experiences may have had on their children and understand how to help their children recover.
The programme can also be offered individually in some circumstances. To access the groups, you can complete a Universal Plus referral form
For further information please contact your local Early Help Hub
- East/Central Hub - 020 8359 3460
- West Hub - 020 8359 3510
- South Hub - 020 8359 3590
Solace Advocacy Domestic Abuse and Support Service
Provide free and confidential support for women and men in Barnet affected by domestic abuse.
If you are a victim/survivor of domestic abuse and would like one to one support and advice you can contact Barnet Solace Domestic Abuse Advocacy and Support Service.
With an allocated Independent Domestic Violence Advisor(IDVA), they will provide practical and emotional support, crises intervention and risk management support. They provide free and confidential advice and support for women and men who are at risk of domestic abuse, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and honour based violence.
Barnet Solace DA Advocacy and Support Service team can also make referrals to specialist services such as counselling, legal services, benefits and housing services and group programmes for you and your children.
They can refer to Women’s Resilience Awareness Project (WRAP) –made up of 2 main groups:
- Picking up the Pieces – 3 week group about how DA impacts children
- ARISE – 6 week domestic abuse awareness programme.
Telephone: 020 3874 5003
Website: Solace Women’s Aid (solacewomensaid.org)
Barnet Homes Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop
Delivered by Barnet Homes with partner organisations.
Open every Thursday between 9:30 – 12:30 at 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale,
London NW9 4EW
An advice drop-in service for all genders where partner agencies provide advice, information, options, support, risk assessment and safety planning to survivors of;
- Domestic abuse
- Forced marriage
- Honour based abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual exploitation
- Female genital mutilation (FGM)
You can receive more information, advice and support from:
- Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor
- Family Law Solicitors or an Immigration Solicitor
- An experienced former Magistrate
- Barnet Homes’ Housing Advisors who can go through any housing options that may be available to you
- DA and Sanctuary Coordinator who can advise you on extra security measures that can be adapted to your home
- Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, if you are a social housing tenant with Barnet Homes
- Welfare Benefit Advisor
Telephone: 020 8359 7947
Refuge provision for women and girls
A safe space for women fleeing domestic and sexual violence where they and their children can stay with experienced and specialist staff who provide individual support.
Call the Refuges 24 hour Helpline number on free phone 0808 2000 247 for a refuge space.
Support for vulnerable adults
If you are an adult over 18 who have needs for care and support and you are unable to stop someone else from harming or abusing you, please do not ignore it.
Contact Social Care Direct 020 8359 5000 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday), or 020 8359 2000 (out of hours) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
If you are concerned about a child, please call the council’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 020 8359 4066 to speak to a social worker or email: email@example.com
Jewish Women’s Aid
Provides free and confidential support to Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.
- Provides one to one support, advice, practical and emotional support; crisis intervention; and risk management support
- Domestic abuse and sexual violence services
Telephone: 0808 801 0500 (JWA Helpline) Monday – Thursday 9.30am - 9.30pm
Support at Youth Realities
Youth Realities is a youth-led charity based in Barnet addressing teenage relationship abuse through creative education and support for young survivors.
- Specialist, long term YP/IDVA 1:1 support for young people aged 11 to 25, including crisis intervention, practical and emotional support and post-abuse
- Creative programmes for young people aged 11 to 25
- Employment and training for young people 16 to 25
- Training for professionals
- Provides community safe spaces including dance, and wellbeing for young survivors of abuse and violence to access safety and healing
Telephone: 020 3916 5709
Social media: @youthrealities
Support at Latin American Women’s Aid
For practical and emotional support for Latin American and other Black and Ethnic Minoritised women and children affected by Domestic Violence & Abuse call 020 7275 0321.
You can visit their website: www.lawadv.org.uk and contact them through their online chat.
Their services are free and confidential, offered in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
The London Victim and Witness Service (LVWS) is a support service for London residents who are affected by or witness to crime, commissioned by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). You can use the free 24/7 live chat service via the website: https://www.londonvws.org.uk/
If you’ve been affected by crime you can call them on: 0808 168 9291, their Helpline operates 24/7, every day of the year.
Victim Support IDVAs
Accept referrals and provide victims of domestic abuse with telephone support and advice, including pre-trial and outreach support and guided virtual pre-trial visits.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for all referrals from Barnet Hospital.
Rise Mutual Changing Behaviour Programme
Provides behavioural change programmes to address domestic abuse and family violence with integrated survivor services. Services include:
- group programmes for people using harmful behaviours
- young people’s services
- child (including adults over 18) abuse to parent/carers and healthy relationship education programme
- safety and wellbeing support for victims of the group members on a programme
- 1:1 trauma informed support for women who are violent or abusive in the domestic setting
- Culturally Integrated Family Approach (CIFA) to Domestic Abuse changing behaviour programmes
Telephone: 07538 655120 Eoin Gorman, Senior Practitioner
Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS) programme
Delivered by Solace Women’s Aid
Provide training and support to help GPs identify patients affected by domestic abuse and refer them to specialist services.
GPs are encouraged to call the IRIS Service and make referrals to the service.
Telephone: 020 3874 5003
The Barnet Homes Sanctuary Scheme
Operated by Barnet Housing Options
Enables survivors of domestic abuse to remain in their own homes with extra security measures, only if it is safe, if it is survivor’s choice, and if survivor’s abuser no longer lives in the current home.
The Sanctuary Scheme provides stronger doors and locks, window bars, safe room, contact and advice from Barnet Domestic Abuse services provided by Solace Women’s Aid and partners.
It is free but only a professional/support worker can make a referral to the Sanctuary Scheme Coordinator.
Telephone: 020 8359 4619
Help and Support for Domestic or Sexual Abuse in Barnet Leaflet
Telephone help lines:
Women and Girls Network’s Dedicated Sexual Violence Helpline
Free and confidential emotional support for any woman in London (aged 14+) who has been affected by any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. Monday to Friday 10am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm, Wednesday 6 - 9pm or out of hours.
Telephone: 0808 801 0770
24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
North London Rape Crisis
Telephone: 0808 801 0305
24-hr NSPCC Helpline
Free and confidential help, advice & support if you have a concern about a child
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Helpline
Telephone: 0808 802 9999
Men’s Advice Line
Free and confidential advice, support & information to male victims of domestic violence.
Telephone: 0808 801 0327
Galop National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
The Galop helpline is for LGBT+ people who have or are experiencing domestic abuse.
They are also there for people supporting a survivor of domestic abuse; friends, families and those working with a survivor.
There are different ways to contact them, by phone, email and webchat. All of them are free:
Telephone: 0800 9995428