Domestic abuse can take the form of controlling, coercive, threatening or degrading behaviour, violence or abuse. If you are experiencing abuse from someone close to you, there are a variety of places that you can get advice and assistance from:
Hertfordshire Police (999 for an emergency and 0845 3300222 non-emergency)
National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247) Freephone 24 hour
Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline (08088 088 088) Freephone
Safer Places (03301 025811) hold the contract for Refuge Provision in Hertfordshire.
If you are a tenant of a local authority or housing association, you need to contact your landlord immediately as they will be able to help you.
Help from the Council
If you feel that you would be unsafe remaining at home, you can contact the Council's Housing Options Team via the Housing Assistance Referral Portal or call us on 01462 474000.
You can ask any Council for homelessness help if you are at risk in your home and can’t stay there because of domestic abuse. Councils have a duty to give you advice and assistance and may be able to provide you with temporary emergency accommodation.
North Hertfordshire District Council works in partnership with Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse (SADA) to provide support, signposting and crisis intervention for people experiencing domestic abuse. If you would like more information on SADA please see the leaflet below or contact them on 01438 242666.
If you are a woman fleeing domestic violence, the Council may be able to find you a place at a Women's Refuge. Alternatively, you can access a refuge space yourself by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline as above.