Safe Steps

Safe Steps

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  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Women

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Safe Steps is a new and forward-thinking charity that works with and for all survivors of domestic abuse, across Southend-on-Sea and in the wider Essex area, taking on and advancing the work that SOS Domestic Abuse Projects started in 1976


We provide a number of different services for those affected by domestic abuse in Southend, based at our women-only Dove Centre, Southend Refuge and Fledglings Child and Family Service. Our services include:

Crisis support for female survivors of domestic abuse, which assists women to access information, support and advice, safety plans, risk assessments and court orders.
Support for adult male survivors of domestic abuse, which provides information, advice and practical support for men who have experienced domestic abuse.
Emergency temporary accommodation through our refuge for women and children escaping domestic abuse.
Workshops with children and families post-domestic abuse, to assist with recovery.
Preventative and awareness raising work with children and young people at local schools and collages, as well as training for teaching staff.
An Ethnic Minority Project, aimed at supporting survivors and raising awareness within ethnic minority community groups.
Free counselling for survivors post-domestic abuse, to assist them to overcome any mental ill health as a result of experiencing abuse.
Psychotherapy for children and young people who have endured domestic abuse.
A 24 hour telephone helpline, providing advice, information and information on available refuge accommodation.
Training for professionals to increase awareness of domestic abuse and improve the response of professional organisations to their clients.
Work within the local community to increase awareness and promote safety and understanding.

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