Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse covers a range of types of abuse, including, but not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, economical or emotional abuse. Domestic abuse can be prosecuted under a range of offences and describes a range of controlling and coercive behaviours, used by one person to maintain control over another with whom they have, or have had, an intimate or family relationship. Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident. It is not your fault and you are not alone.

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Domestic abuse is a strand of violence against women and girls (VAWG). VAWG is both a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights. VAWG strands covered by Tower Hamlets include:

75 per cent of victims of abuse in Tower Hamlets are women but we also recognise that boys and men are victims of violence too.

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Safety advice if you are living with your abuser

  • Keep your phone charged and on you at all times
  • Ensure phone credit is topped up
  • Keep away from the kitchen if trying to find a safe space / avoid your abuser
  • Speak to a trusted neighbour about the situation and ask them to call 999 if they hear loud noises/arguments
  • At the first sign of abuse call 999 for help

The Women's Aid website has safety advice and a COVID-19 safety guide

If your abuser has access to your phone/internet access, please delete your browsing history after you have visited the site

Worried about a friend or neighbour

If you are worried that your friend or neighbour is experiencing domestic abuse you can:

  • Reach out to the victim and let them know that you care
  • Ask the victim if they are ok
  • Call 999

You could be the person that makes a difference.

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Local support

 Organisation Contact details

 Tower Hamlets Victim Support IDVAs

020 7364 7957

020 7364 2448

(Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm)

 Victim Support

 0808 1689 111 (24 hour support line)


 Tower Hamlets Crisis Intervention Service

020 3222 4027

Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm  Weekends - 10am to 6pm


 Stratford / Thames Magistrates Court updates

0300 303 0645


 Bowling & Co solicitors

(Legal advice relating to domestic abuse and family law, such as non-molestation orders, child arrangements, or divorce)

020 8221 8000 

07464 925 083 (in case of emergencies)


 Tower Hamlets VAWG Team

Duty line for signposting professionals and victims onto specialist VAWG services

 0800 279 5434 (Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm)


 Tower Hamlets Housing Options Service Team (HOST)

For those at risk of homelessness

 020 7364 7474 Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm.

After 5pm call their emergency line on 020 7364 4079

 Adult Safeguarding Team

 020 7364 5005

Children Safeguarding Team

020 7364 3444

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National support

 Organisation Contact details

 National Domestic Violence Helpline

(for free safety advice and refuge spaces)

 0808 2000 247 (24 hours, 7 days a week)


 Galop (LGBT+ community)

 0800 999 5428 open Monday-Friday 10am to 12.30pm & 1.30pm to 4pm



 Men's Advice Line

 0808 801 0327 Monday-Friday (9am-8pm Monday & Wednesday; 9am-5pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)



 Women's Aid

 Online support service (Monday to Friday 10am-12pm)


COVID-19 safety guide


Provides a free-to-download mobile app, Bright Sky, which hides as a weather app but provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.


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Other VAWG support


 Rape Crisis

For girls (aged 14+) or women who are victims of sexual assault

 0808 802 9999

Between 12pm-2.30pm and 7pm-9.30pm

Online Live chat


 Beyond the streets

Provide outreach support to women involved in prostitution

 0800 133 7870



 Women’s Health and Family Service run the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Engagement Service

 020 7377 872 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


 Forced Marriage Unit

 020 7008 0151



 National Stalking Helpline

If you are experiencing stalking or harassment

 0808 802 0300 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am to 4pm

Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm


Modern Slavery Helpline

If you believe that someone is being trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation

08000 121 7000


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Information or advice about a court case

If you require information or advice about a court related case, please contact the Police Officer in charge or your IDVA/Support Worker.

Perpetrators of abuse

If you are worried about how you are treating your partner or family member and want to stop your behaviour, you can contact Respect

Tel: 0808 802 4040


They also have a live Webchat available (various times).

Professionals - how to make a referral

Contact information

Tel: 0800 279 5434