In immediate danger call the police on 999.
Otherwise, to access specialist domestic abuse support call Victim Support on 0808 168-9111 or talk via Live Chat.

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There are a range of support services available across Kent and Medway that can provide advice to individuals experiencing domestic abuse. In addition there are a number of national domestic abuse specialist services that offer 24/7 telephone advice...

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Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (KIDAS)

The Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (KIDAS) offer a person centred, holistic range of support services to victims and their families in Kent, with support available including;

  • Safe refuge accommodation
  • Specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) support
  • Community Outreach Services
  • Therapeutic and group programmes (e.g. Freedom Programme)
  • Sanctuarys provision (adaptations to make the home safer)
  • Assistance with legal issues including seeking court orders and access to legal advice.
  • Emergency welfare assistance for clients in crisis (food, energy, travel)

Support can be accessed by contacting Victim Support for assessment and referral to your local service via the phone number below or the Live Chat facility.

You can also create a free account on My Support Space, an online resource containing interactive guides to help you manage the impact that crime has had on you.

Call

0808 168-9111

Open hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

One Stop Shop – Folkestone & Hythe

Domestic Abuse One Stop Shops offer free advice, information and support from a range of agencies under one roof to help victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and therefore, if you are a man or a woman and would like to discuss your issues, you are welcome to attend.

No appointment is required just turn up.

Sessions will run in line with current Covid-19 guidelines.

Call

07375 261215

Open hours

Thursdays: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Address

Folkestone Library, Grace Hill, Folkestone, CT20 1HD View map

Clarion Domestic Abuse Service

Clarion’s Domestic Abuse service offers support to help people experiencing domestic abuse stay safe. We work with our clients to provide and encourage choice and independence to help them build the life they want to lead free from abuse.

For women who are at risk and not able to remain living at home our 11 refuges offer secure accommodation for up to 80 women and their children across Kent and Medway.  Clarion has a specialist officer who can provide dedicated support for clients in refuge with complex support needs.

Our community outreach service provides free and confidential advice, over the phone or in a mutually agreed safe public place or if assessed as safe at the client’s home. Support is available to men, women and transgender people over the age of 16 affected by domestic abuse.  This can include forced marriage, honour based violence, coercive control, stalking and harassment.

Support in the above services includes:

  • safeguarding, risk management and safety planning
  • assistance with legal issues including seeking court orders and access to professional legal advice
  • support with child / parenting issues and access to children’s education
  • signposting to counselling and therapeutic services
  • providing housing support and advice and support to manage a tenancy
  • signposting to  debt and money management advice
  • assistance to maximise welfare benefits and help with budgeting
  • facilitating access to primary healthcare
  • access to Freedom Programme / Recovery Toolkit / Phoenix Programme
  • support and advice with adult education, volunteering and employment opportunities

Clarion’s Independent Domestic Advisor (IDVA) service is a confidential crisis- led intervention service for high risk victims of domestic abuse.  Our IDVA’s work with clients from the point of crisis and support them to access services to keep themselves and their children safe. Support includes:

  • safeguarding, risk management and safety planning
  • assistance with legal issues including seeking court orders and access to professional legal advice
  • providing a single point of contact when more than one support agency is involved
  • signposting to other specialist support services
  • facilitating access to counselling, Freedom Programme / Recovery Toolkit / Phoenix Programme

Clarion’s Hospital IDVA project is delivered by our partners Rising Sun Domestic Abuse Project at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust  (William Harvey Hospital) and at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Darent Valley Hospital). Based in the emergency department of each hospital this project provides emergency domestic abuse support to victims arriving at the hospital. And support to emergency department staff and health practitioners to increase understanding and awareness of DA and its impact.

  • risk management, support, advice, safety planning and onward referral to other services.
  • working closely with key departments in each hospital including A&E / Emergency staff, Safeguarding teams, Maternity and Paediatric departments.
  • providing training to NHS colleagues in relation to domestic abuse especially in respect of coercive control and making safe enquiry
  • acting as a link between the hospital and community services ensuring those accessing the service in a clinical environment have the onward support they need when they leave the hospital.

Enhanced New Beginnings Domestic Abuse Project

Our Service provides individual support to women suffering Domestic Abuse, by trained IDVA support workers. Providing non-judgmental and proactive support, both emotional and practical advice, safety planning/DASH risk assessments and safeguarding. We offer support around attending appointments for housing, social services and courts. Our Project has a variety of programmes to suit the individual.

  • Butterflies – a therapeutic support group, offering timeout, peer support and advice. Whilst learning new craft skills.
  • Phoenix – a new exciting 10 week course around domestic abuse, looking at how to keep safe, what domestic abuse is and empower them to make positive changes in their lives. The Freedom Programme – it helps women to identify the tactics of the abuser whilst looking at the beliefs these men may hold.
  • Power to Change – A course looking at rebuilding life skills, increase self-esteem, looking at healthy boundaries, assertiveness skills and help to feel less isolated.
  • Recovery Tool Kit – Is designed to assist women to look at ways to develop positive lifestyle coping strategies.
  • DAY – is for young people that may of witnessed or experienced da, within a relationship or at home between parents. This is to help them identify and develop healthy relationships in the future.

Call

01303 244836

Email

Website

http://www.homestartshepway.org.uk

Open hours

Monday - Thursday, 9am - 4:30pm
Friday, 9am - 4pm

Address

Home-Start, 24 Cheriton Garden, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AS View map

Rising Sun

The Rising Sun is a voluntary organisation in Kent addressing domestic violence and provides a wide variety of services for women, children and families.

We seek to challenge attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate domestic violence and, through our work, promote healthy and non-abusive relationships.

 

Victim Support

We’re here to help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter when the crime took place – you can get our support at any time, and for however long you need us.

We provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for people affected by crime and traumatic events – regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.

The support services we offer are tailored to the needs of each person. These include:

  • Information and advice
  • Safety advice
  • Emotional and practical help
  • Advocacy
  • Personal safety services
  • Help in navigating the criminal justice system
  • Referral and signposting to partner agencies

Victim Support also provides the assessment and triage element for the Kent Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (KIDAS).

You can also use Live Chat facility to access support.

You can create a free account on My Support Space – an online resource containing interactive guides to help you manage the impact that crime has had on you.

Call

0808 168 9111

Website

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/what-we-do/local-services/south-east/kent

Open hours

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year

Beech House – Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Beech House offers free support and practical help to anyone in Kent and Medway who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

Our clients can access Beech House via the Police and other professionals, as well as via the self referral pathway (booking an appointment at the SARC, without the Police).

At our SARC, individuals will be offered spport and guidance, a medical assessment/treatment, a forensic examination, and the opportunity of aftercare referrals for support services.

Clients will be offered these services based on their individual needs and can choose to use as much or as little of our service as they wish.

We will usually be able to offer you support, healthcare and aftercare advice if you are in Kent (including Medway) and if you have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse.

We should also be able to offer you a forensic medical examination if the incident(s) occurred in the past 7 days.

Even if you dont know if we are the right service for you, please feel free to get in touch and we can either offer you an appointment or point you in the right direction of the appropriate service.

 

Call

01622 726461

Out of Hours: 0800 133 7432

Email

Website

https://www.beechhousesarc.org/

Open hours

Weekdays: 9am - 5pm
Out of Hours Number - 24 hours, 7 days a week

Address

​​Unit 7 and 8 North Court South Park Business Village Armstrong Road Maidstone Kent ME15 6JZ View map

Protection Against Stalking

Protection against Stalking works jointly with relevant agencies to increase awareness of Stalking and Harassment to ensure victims receive all the protection and help they need to rebuild their lives and live free of fear.

Freedom Programme – Folkestone & Hythe

A 12 week programme providing information to women about domestic violence.

Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive people and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess.

The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

The programme usually lasts for 11 or 12 weeks and is FREE. It provided by hundreds of agencies across the UK. Some of them are rolling so you can join at any time but this varies according to local needs, etc.