Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse comes in many forms and can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, disability, sexuality, religion, ethnic group, social status or wealth. It can include mental, emotional, financial, sexual and physical abuse.

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse

It commonly occurs behind closed doors, leaving people feeling powerless to stop the emotional and physical pain. Children can also be affected by hearing arguments, being caught in the middle, witnessing or experiencing abuse themselves.

The First Steps 

The first thing is to recognise you are being abused and that you do not deserve it. Domestic violence is a crime. To report it, call Surrey Police on 101.

Help and Contacts

Mole Valley District Council may be able to help you through one of the schemes available. Help offered, such as somewhere to stay, will depend on your circumstances, including immigration status. 

Some of the options available are:

  • Sanctuary Scheme: offering a range of individually tailored security improvements enabling victims to stay safely in their own homes
  • Surrey Mobility Scheme: helping existing tenants of social landlords transfer to alternative accommodation within Surrey
  • Private rented accommodation: help with finding alternative accommodation. This may include assistance with some of the costs involved, such as security deposits and bonds
  • Making a homeless application: you have the right to make an application to any council as homeless, but the relevant criteria must be satisfied before a council has a duty to find you somewhere to live
  • Information is also available regarding legal issues such as injunctions, occupation orders and exclusion orders and referrals to agencies who can assist in obtaining them 

Legal Advice and Help

There are a number of local solicitors that offer specialist help with Family Law and funding:

Dollman & Pritchard, Caterham

01883 347823

Hooper Holt & Colt, Redhill

01737 761111

Surrey Law Centre

01483 215000

The following local solicitors offer specialist help with Family Law:

David Cowan Solicitors, Dorking

01306 886622

Goodhand & Forsyth, Redhill

01737 773533

Mahany & Co,Redhill

01293 772888

Owen & Co, Redhill

01737 760036

Sheppersons, Horley

01293 772424

Local Support and Advice Organisations

Citizen Advice Bureau
(free, confidential, impartial and independent advice)

01372 361160 or 01306 876805

East Surrey Domestic Violence Outreach Service
(covering Reigate, Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge)

01737 771350

Social Services, South East Surrey Assessment Team

01737 737377

Surrey Domestic Violence Helpline
(24 hour confidential service offering listening support, information and access to services)

01483 776822

Surrey Police

0845 125 2222

Surrey Women's Aid

01483 776822

Victim Support
(free and confidential support to help people affected by crime, deal with their experience, whether or not the crime is reported)

0845 3030 900

National Agencies and Helplines

(free helpline for children and young people in the UK to talk about any problem)

0800 1111

Jewish Women's Aid
An organisation run by Jewish women for Jewish women and their children who have been subjected to domestic abuse)

0800 591 1203

Mankind Initiative
(help and support to make victims of domestic abuse)

01823 334244

National 24 hour Domestic Violence helpline
(discuss available options for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and if appropriate, refer callers on to refuges and other sources of help and information)

0808 2000 247

Rights of Women
(sexual violence legal advice)

0207 256577 or textphone 0207 4902562

(free housing advice)

0808 800 4444

Southall Black Sisters
(a service which meets the needs of black (Asian and African Caribbean) women)

0208 571 9595

Stonewall Housing
(housing advice for gay men and lesbians including those experiencing domestic abuse and hate crime)

0207 359 5767

The National Child Protection Helpline (NSPCC)
(free, confidential service for anyone concerned about children at risk, including children themselves)

0800 800 500

The Samaritans
(24-hour confidential emotional support for anyone in crisis)

08457 909090

Last Updated: 06/09/2017

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