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If you or someone you know needs help around abuse, Her Centre can help where you are at risk and to get emotional support, legal, practical help or access a refuge. We can support women to make themselves safe and signpost men.

 

You can contact the Her Centre on 020 3260 7772.

 

In an emergency where afraid for your safety, always ring 999. Reporting to the police can lead to better support from the police should a future incident occur.

 

Unsure what help you need and just want to talk through your options? Her centre manages a weekly One Stop Shop, in partnership with local solicitors and GDVA, the local women’s refuge. This runs every Friday morning, 10-12 at YMCA Thames Gateway, Antelope Road, SE18 5PQ. Alternatively ring the Greenwich DV Helpline on 020 8317 8273.

 

If you have recently experienced domestic or sexual abuse and want practical or emotional help then just call us on 0203 260 7772, 9a.m.-5p.m., or leave a message and we will get back to you.

 

For more on our Services, click this link

 

For Phone advice on options during office hours, ring the Greenwich DV helpline on 0208 317 8273

 

Out of Office Hours:

If you want a refuge out of office hours, ring 0808 2000 247 anytime for refuge vacancies across the country.

 

 

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Susie (name changed to preserve privacy) rang yesterday to say that she is very happy now and feels free.

 

She approached us via the One Stop Shop a few months back, and was stuck in a sexually and physically abusive relationship, imprisoned inside her home for 22 hours a day. She only snuck out to meet us by saying that she had an appointment at the council. Although her partner was frequently explosively violent, she felt that she couldn’t call the police due to possible reprisals.

 

Her Centre worked closely with her to devise an escape plan, reduce risk and, perhaps more importantly, to empower her to understand the context of sexual and domestic violence. It turned out that he was using sexual violence to belittle and embarrass her so that she felt if she reported the physical violence the truth of the sexual violence would come out, bringing shame upon her.

 

After 3 weeks of intensive work she was again attacked, and she, for the first time in 4 years, called the police.  He was taken into custody. Susie got a court protection order, changed her phone number and started carrying a panic alarm.

 

Now she feels that he is truly out of her life and able to rebuild her and her son’s lives free from violence. She enrolled in a health & social care course and is beginning to get back in contact with friends and family that she was previously cut off from. She is happy and looking forward to the future.

 

A Woman’s Experience:

 

I would like to thank the support the Her Centre provided for me over the past one year with this email. I received help straight away after I had been assaulted last year August 2015. I have attended therapy with my counsellor from September 2015 till October 2016. Following the assault my life has changed upside down. My relationship broke down and on March 2016 I attended court as well. The man was found guilty and has to remain in prison for 3 and a half years. The therapy really helped me to have the courage to go to court, the trial was traumatic and I felt really low afterwards for a period of time but the group sessions help me with breathing techniques and one to one with my counsellor helped to overcome my fears and low periods.

 

I created a prison for myself for a period of time after the trial and didn’t go anywhere on my own after dark, I also refused to leave my flat during the weekends until I had to go to work on Monday mornings. The therapy supported me through to re-identify myself and realise I shouldn’t feel guilty or shamed because of what happened and I was able to come to terms with my relationship breakdown as well.

 

After the incident, I had to notify my employer as I was off from work for a period of time, it was really difficult to return back to work. I feel like without therapy I would not be able to cope.

 

October 2016, I changed my job and now work in a qualified career which was my goal for a long period of time. I now know I have a choice in life and can change things, and for me it was important that the therapy was not a short period of time as after the assault thing spiralled in all aspects of my life. At one point, I felt I didn’t want to live anymore and planned to take my life but with my counsellor's support I was able to overcome some of the darkest moments in my life and was able to change things positively.

 

I would like to thank the Her Centre for the support I received through the ISVA as well as Dipa for attending the trial with me.

 

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I created a prison for myself for a period of time after the trial and didn’t go anywhere on my own after dark, I also refused to leave my flat during the weekends until I had to go to work on
Monday mornings. The therapy supported me through re-identifying myself and realise I shouldn’t feel guilty…

 

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