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If you’ve found this page, the chances are you’re in need of help and support. Please know you’re not alone, there is support and help out there. 

Are you a Mum in Warwickshire looking for support? Are you suffering from domestic violence and need help finding a way out? Have you suffered abuse and need to talk to someone?Below is a list of support groups and charities in Warwickshire that we know CAN help you. 

If you haven’t already, you can also join our supportive and friendly Facebook support group Mum Knows Best Warwickshire. This is a closed group of local parents who are not judgemental & you can even ask for a post to be put in the group anonymously. 

Below you will find:

  • Warwickshire County Council services, including domestic violence & housing information
  • Local Charities who can help you
  • Information on ‘Claire’s Law’ which you can use to check your partner’s history
  • HOW TO CLEAR YOUR PHONE BROWSER HISTORY

Domestic Violence Charities and Support in Warwickshire

If you are in crisis please call Samaritans on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org.uk  or text SHOUT to 85258  (24/7 crisis text support).

Claire’s Law

Claire’s Law is the Domestic Violence Disclose Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to give you a formal mechanism to make enquiries about your partner if you are worried that they may have been abusive in the past.

You can read more here:

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/clareslaw

https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/domesticabuse

You can go to the Police station & request a disclosure on said person. They will want to know who you are & why you are requesting it. If the Police consider it to be a high risk situation then the police will contact you and ask you to come in. They will then tell you the results of the disclosure.

Warwickshire Domestic Violence Services

For support and information on all aspects of domestic violence, contact the Warwickshire Domestic Violence Support Centre on 0800 408 1552 (8.30am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday; 10am to 4pm on Saturday).

If you’re worried about housing 

Phone: Phone the Housing Advice Team on 01926 456 129 (select option 2) during office hours (Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm, Friday 8.45 am to 4.45pm). If you are homeless and need to speak with someone out of hours, please call 01926 339 577.

Face to Face: You can attend our ‘drop-in’ service at Riverside House to speak with an Advisor on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9am and 1pm.

Warwickshire County Council Family Information Service

The Family Information service can also help with advice and housing queries Call 01926 742274 or email fis@warwickshire.gov.uk or visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/contactusfamilyinformationservice

Helping Hands

Esther Project enables vulnerable women to come together with others to help them to build a better future. They run sessions at The Lighthouse in Leamington (details below) to help support and empower local women.

Helping Hands also work with other organisations too – providing onward referrals whether to debt counselling, food banks, for housing advice or rehabilitation. We help people move forward from homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, mental ill-health and unemployment to a better future.

email: helpinghandsreferral@gmail.com or drop in to The Lighthouse, 12 Gloucester Street, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1EE.

Refuge:

If you are experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire, Refuge’s Domestic Violence Service Warwickshire can support you and your children to keep safe. Refuge Domestic Violence Service Warwickshire is a county-wide service which provides support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire.

If you’re in Warwickshire, please call  Refuge’s Domestic Violence Service Warwickshire Helpline on 0800 408 1552 (Monday-Friday 8:30am-8:30pm; Saturday 10am-4pm) to speak to one of our support workers. 

If the line is busy or for out of hours calls, a voicemail operates on this number. If you leave a message, please do let us know your name, number and a safe time to call and we will get back to you.

Email us – DVSW@refuge.org.uk – with any queries or questions.

In an emergency always call 999.

Visit the website here: https://www.refuge.org.uk/our-work/our-services/refuge-warwickshire-domestic-violence-service/

Coventry Haven – Womens Aid

Our aim is to help women and their children who have experienced or are experiencing, domestic abuse in any form to free themselves from the situation they are in.

We do this by providing safe housing and a range of support services, before during and after leaving their abusive partner/family member. We will assist you through your whole journey.

We support all women irrespective of whether they want to leave the relationship or not, older women, younger women, historic or current abuse; any woman.  We will assist you with any other issues you may be experiencing along side your abuse, for example surrounding: immigration, discrimination, disability, LGBT, housing, debt management, alcohol and drug abuse, multiple needs, or no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

These services are run by staff and volunteers and are free of charge.

All of our staff are female, and you will be able to speak to us without fear of being judged. We can help you and support you in making your own choices.

We are committed to providing quality services to any woman experiencing any form of domestic violence and abuse including Forced Marriage, Honour Based Abuse (FM/HBA) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

You should not have to live in fear of the person you love.

OUR SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL.

  • Helpline – support, signposting, advice and information 02476 444077 (Monday – Friday 9am-4.30pm)

  • The Listening Post – Our “women only” Centre and Drop-in – Open Access 10am-2pm Monday and Wednesday (no appointment or referral needed)

https://www.coventryhaven.co.uk

Coventry Domestic Violence and Abuse Support Service

If you’re in Coventry you can ring ‭0800 035 5309 – Freephone.‬ Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 20.30, weekends from 09.30 to 17.30 and speak to CDVASS (Coventry domestic violence and abuse support services)

The helpline provides a single point of access to all victim services and can explain and support access to children’s and perpetrator services. Supporting victims living in the community including emotional support, support at court, support with property security and signposting to other specialist services.

A peer support service for victims including support groups, workshops and opportunities to meet other people in similar situations.

They also offer Support For Children (Defuze) Support for children and young people in Coventry up to the age of 18 who are affected by domestic violence and abuse in the home

Victim Supported Accommodation

Accommodation includes:

• A mix of furnished self-contained and shared individual and family accommodation.

• Women-only accommodation with separate units for male victims.

• Accommodation adapted for physical and sensory impairments and for carers.

• Provision for pets in self-contained units.

Visit their Website here https://cid.coventry.gov.uk/kb5/coventry/directory/service.page?id=1pGFwac-Seo

Safeline:

https://www.safeline.org.uk/contact-us/

Safeline is an independent and non-discriminatory charity that provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse and rape and works to prevent CSE with children and young people at risk.

We support everyone regardless of age, gender/gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnicity, religion/faith, pregnancy and maternity status or disability or position in life, as well as families and friends of people who have been abused. We do this by providing a wide range of services that meets the diverse needs of all our clients and offer’s them choice on how they want to access that support. Our services are free, unlimited and available to everyone, whether or not the abuse has been reported and regardless of when it happened.

We may also be able to offer the following services dependent upon funding.

For emotional support for people living in England and Wales please email support@safeline.org.uk

Safeline, 6a New Street, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4RX

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Mental Health Matters Coventry and Warwickshire

For emotional support you can contact Mental Health Matters Call on 0800 616 171 – a free 24/7 confidential helpline providing emotional support to residents of Coventry & Warwickshire.

  • Feeling low, anxious or stressed and feel that talking to another person might help you
  • In extreme emotional distress and feel that there is nowhere else to turn
  • You’re caring for another person and finding it difficult to cope
  • You need advice about how to get more support with an issue that’s affecting your mental wellbeing
  • You feel socially isolated and just need a chat

You can also web chat with MHM here

Safe Places in Warwick District

Safe Places are places such as shops and community centres where you can go to get help if you feel upset, scared or angry and/or if you are the victim of a hate crime. A hate crime is when someone treats you badly because they don’t like something about you. This could be someone hurting you, taking or breaking your things, calling you names, making you feel scared, or unsafe

A Safe Place will help you contact someone you know to help you, for example, your support worker, family member or carer.

They may also call the local police community support officer for help.

You should be able to see this sticker outside all safe places in your area

Leamington Spa Library Royal Pump Rooms Parade CV32 4AA
Tesco 22-14 Parade CV32 4DN
Marks & Spencer 70 Parade CV32 4XT
Brunswick Healthy Living Centre 98-100 Shrubland Street CV31 3BD
Sydni Centre Marloes Walk CV31 1PT
Warwick District Council Riverside House CV32 5HZ
Harbury Library High Street Harbury CV33 9HW
Lillington Library Valley Road CV32 7SJ
Sainsbury Saltisford CV34 4TR
Warwick Tourist Centre Jury Street CV34 4EW
Tesco Emscote Road CV34 5QJ
Shire Hall Market Square CV34 4SA

Click here for more safe places in wider Warwickshire

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