Safer Places is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by all forms of Domestic Abuse
Safer Places is an independent domestic abuse service with over 40 years of experience and has been recognised as delivering excellent services to adults and children affected by Domestic Abuse across Essex (including Southend and Thurrock) and Hertfordshire.
Domestic abuse and social isolation rob people of their confidence, self-esteem and their hope for the future. We work comprehensively with those who have experienced domestic abuse to help them recover, to empower them, to rebuild their lives and to go on and achieve for themselves things they might once have thought impossible.
Safer Places are passionate about diversity and equality and will do all that we can to ensure that everyone who needs our services can use them. We offer services for both men and women as well as having LGBT trained staff. We will arrange interpreters for people who do not speak English as their first language if we do not have a member of staff who can speak that language. We can also accommodate people who have disabilities and require ongoing care.
The people who use our service are at the heart of our organisation and we aim to work closely with them to overcome the impact of their experience and to build a brighter and safe future for themselves and their children.
We provide either community support or support within one of our refuges. We offer a wide range of services which anyone affected by domestic abuse can access. This includes legal advice, counselling, specialist advice and guidance regarding the circumstances that people may be facing.
We also run the Triple R programme, a CBT based programme written and developed by Safer Places in collaboration with other experts in the areas of Domestic Abuse, Trauma and Children, which helps victims and survivors recognise the abuse and its impact on them, as well as allowing them to recover and develop resilience for a safer future. This programme has been evaluated by University of Worchester the Centre for Violence Prevention.
Here are just a couple of the quotes from our clients who have attended the programme:
“I still feel I’m learning all the signs of abuse and it’s making me stronger and helping me stick to my decisions.”
“Most important the sessions have equipped me with the knowledge to help me avoid entering into a similar negative and damaging relationship in the future.”
We also offer excellent training and employability within a safe and nurturing environment where learners can develop new skills, gain qualifications and get the support and help they need to be able to go on to further education or employment.