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

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.

SATEDA (Support and Action To End Domestic Abuse)

SATEDA offers a journey of support – encompassing outreach workers, counselling provision, group programmes and a Support2Court service covering Medway, Canterbury and Dartford family courts.

We also support children and young peope affected by domestic abuse – through group and 1:1 provision.

We provide a variety of Drop In sessions (see SATEDA website) for easy access to services, spanning Swale and Medway.

We also run an Employability Programme which is designed to encourage and support victims of domestic abuse to volunteer.

Call

01795 417251

Email

Website

https://sateda.org/

Open hours

Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm

SATEDA Drop-In service

SATEDA deliver weekly drop in sessions covering Swale, to access advice and support to people affected by domestic abuse. They are all walk-in services, no appointment needed.

To find details of the drop ins please phone or visit our website.

SATEDA Young Peoples Service

SATEDA offer various group programmes for young people, including

  • SwitchUp – supporting young people at risk of Adolescent Parental Violence
  • DAY programme – which is a preventative, healthy relationship awareness programme for adolescents
  • You and Me – which is the equivalent for year 5 and above

Parents of victims can refer themselves by phoning SATEDA or coming into a drop in, details of these are available on the SATEDA website.

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 – Swale

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

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.

Phoenix Groups

Phoenix is a ten week psycho-educational programme that runs across Kent. It explores how to stay safe in and out of abusive relationships. The programme has been designed to be interactive, inclusive and educational.

We cover safety planning, the tactics used in an abusive relationships, the warning signs as well as personal boundaries and building healthy relationships in a way that is engaging and promotes self-care.

It is an emotional, but positive, empowering and social experience that helps people move past abuse to live healthier happier lives.