What is 'Ask for J'?

If you're reading this, then you have already 'asked for J' which has brought you to this page.

This page contains lots of information, resources and details of organisations who can support those who are or have experienced domestic abuse. 

Your Safety

Your safety is really important. Reaching out and getting advice about your options is a massive step which you should be incredibly proud of. Please do read our information on browsing safely and note our 'quick exit' button on each page of this website. 

Information Pack

Safer Places deliver the J9 and Ask for J initiative in Essex and Hertfordshire. 

Each area has an information pack which includes useful information on:

  • What is Domestic Abuse
  • Common Myths about Domestic Abuse
  • Your Legal Rights
  • Crisis Planning
  • Sanctuary Schemes
  • Housing Options
  • Benefits
  • The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children
  • Teenage Healthy Relationships
  • Staying Safe on the Internet
  • Supporting Friends and Family
  • Advice for Employers
  • Getting Help and Advice

Please select the information pack for the area that you are currently living in for the most relevant information. 





COMPASS is a single point of access funded by Essex County Council in partnership with the Office of Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to support victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock. Compass is being delivered by a consortium of established domestic abuse support agencies which includes; SOS Domestic Abuse Projects, Changing Pathways and Next Chapter.

0330 333 7 444


Safer Places provide both outreach and accommodation services across Hertfordshire. Our helpline is open 24/7 and you can also use our Live Chat to get in touch; this will appear on this page, just type hello and one of our trained team members will go through the options available to you. 

03301 025 811

Refuge Accommodation

Safer Places have accommodation services across Essex and Hertfordshire. To find out more about our accommodation please call us on 03301 025 811 or use our Live Chat on this web page. 

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline can also give details of available refuge spaces across the country. Call them on 0808 2000 247