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Support for people at risk of abuse

If you are being abused, you do not need to stay at home.

If you are in immediate danger

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.

If you are in danger and unable to talk

Call 999 and press 55. This will transfer you to a police officer who will help you without you having to speak.

Help and support for people experiencing or at risk of abuse


The Athena service provides confidential, non-judgemental support to those living in Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence. Athena provides outreach programmes, independent advocacy, group support, refuge accommodation and a specialist service for young women.

If you’re in Lewisham, call the Athena Service on 0800 112 4052 or email lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk.

Find out more information about Athena and the services they provide by visiting their website.

Lewisham VAWG service

If you are experiencing gender-based abuse in Lewisham there is support and help available to you. Get support if you are experiencing gender-based violence or want to report it.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free and in confidence anytime day or night on 0808 2000 247. You can book a safe time for the team at the National Domestic Abuse Helpline to call you by visiting their website.

Women’s Aid

Women's Aid has provided advice specifically designed for the COVID-19 outbreak, including a live chat service. Read safety advice if you are feeling unsafe isolating in a house with an abusive person on the Women's Aid website.

The Men’s Advice Line

The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. Call 0808 801 0327 to talk to someone. To find out more about the Men's Advice Line and the support they offer, visit their website.


Galop runs a specialist helpline for LGBTQ+ people. Call 0800 999 5428 or email help@galop.org.uk to talk to someone. Find out more about Galop and the services they offer by visiting their website.

Surviving Economic Abuse

Download advice from HM Treasury if you are concerned about how you might be vulnerable to domestic abuse.

Find additional guidance and support on economic abuse on the Surviving Economic Abuse website.

Domestic abuse support in other languages

The Government website has versions of their domestic violence campaign available in different languages. Find domestic abuse support in your language on the Government’s website.

If you are worried about hurting people while at home

If you are worried about hurting people while staying at home, call the Respect Phoneline for support and help to manage your behaviour on 0808 8024040. Visit the Respect Phoneline website for more information on the services that they offer.