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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.

Lewisham VAWG service

If you are experiencing gender-based abuse in Lewisham see what support and help you can get. 

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Call for free and in confidence anytime day or night on 0808 2000 247. You can also book a safe time for the team to call you.

Women’s Aid

Women's Aid has provided advice specifically designed for the Covid-19 outbreak, including a live chat service.

The Men’s Advice Line

This is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. Call 0808 801 0327.


Galop runs a specialist helpline for LGBTQ+ people. Call 0800 999 5428 or email help@galop.org.uk.

Surviving Economic Abuse

If you are concerned about how might be you vulnerable to economic abuse, please see the advice provided by HM Treasury on what support is on offer. The charity Surviving Economic Abuse has also provided additional guidance and support.

If you are worried about hurting people while at home

If you are worried about hurting people while staying at home, call the Respect Phone line for support and help to manage your behaviour on 0808 8024040.