SOS Domestic Abuse Projects Helpline only - 01702 302333 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:59:06 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 SOS Domestic Abuse Projects 32 32 Royal Wedding Celebrations! Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:32:35 +0000 Last week staff and residents had a great time celebrating the Royal Wedding. Everyone dressed up for the occasion and watched the coverage from start to finish before enjoying the buffet and party games. A great time was had by everyone.

HM Government Domestic Abuse Consultation Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:36:21 +0000 Last week, on International Women’s Day (8th March), the Government launched a consultation to establish how it can best tackle domestic abuse in the UK by:
– promoting awareness – making sure everyone understands what domestic abuse is and how to tackle it
– protecting and supporting victims – to improve the safety of victims and the support available
– pursuing and deterring perpetrators – holding them responsible for their actions and making sure the response from the police and the justice system is effective
– improving performance – encouraging all services and organisations working with domestic abuse victims or perpetrators to do so in the best way possible

This is a really good opportunity to inform the UK Government of the experiences of survivors and other organisations involved in supporting victims – and perpetrators – of abuse, and to impact on future government strategy. To participate in the consultation, please click here (for the long version) or here (for the short version).

Pants! Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:05:57 +0000 Marks and Spencer’s Southend popped into our office today laden with donations of brand new underwear for the women we support.

We often have women dropping into our Dove Centre who are fleeing domestic abuse, or who are living in financially controlling relationships. To be able to provide these women with a brand new bra or new sets of knickers in her size really makes a difference at a challenging and overwhelming time in their lives.

On behalf of everyone here at SOSDAP – thank you Marks and Spencer!

Domestic Violence Prevention Programme – new for Southend! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:45:23 +0000 The Change Project and SOS Domestic Abuse Projects are delighted to be offering a Domestic Violence Prevention Programme in Southend from April 2018.

The Change Project has been delivering its award winning Respect Accredited programmes in Essex for men who want to stop abusing their female partners since 2009 and for the first time will be bringing the service to Southend, for Southend residents. More information can be found here

We are providing four information workshops in March 2018. The workshops will provide full information about the programme, the referral criteria and referral details.

The workshops are 1 ½ hrs long, are free and have limited spaces on each workshop – so book now to secure your place.

WORKSHOP 1 Monday 5th March 2018 @ 1.30pm
WORKSHOP 2 Monday 5th March 2018 @ 3.30pm
WORKSHOP 3 Monday 12th March 2018 @ 1.30pm
WORKSHOP 4 Monday 12th March 2018 @ 3.30pm

Workshops will be delivered at SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra St, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1BW

To book a place, please email for a booking form.

We’re in the Echo! Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:47:14 +0000 We have been incredibly fortunate to have been given over £2,200 from the Gannett Foundation; the grant will go towards new toys for children living in our refuge in Southend. Buy a copy of today’s Echo (6th February) to find out more!

Thank you Quizzers Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:45:25 +0000 WOW!

Thank you to all those who attended the Quiz Evening on Saturday 3rd February at the Balmoral Centre. Thanks to your generousity, the event raised over £1,200 which will be split evenly between ourselves and SOS Rape Crisis.

Thank you to all our supporters for arranging and hosting another excellent event.

Quiz Night! Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:54:21 +0000 Why not start off 2018 in the best way possible – by having fun and raising money for two essential Southend-based services?

The Friends of SOS Charities are holding a quiz night on Saturday 3rd February at the Balmoral Community Centre, in Salisbury Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7AU. Arrival is from 7pm with the questions starting at 7.30pm.

At only £8 per ticket (which includes chicken or vegetarian/vegan curry) this promises to be a great night!

Teams of up to 8 people work best (and you can bring your own drinks and glasses).

The Friends will have tea, coffee and cake for sale throughout the evening.

This will be a fantastic night. If you are interested in a table, or want to find out more information, please contact

The Friends of SOS Charities regularly run fundraising events and activities to raise money for SOS Domestic Abuse Projects and SOS Rape Crisis. For more information on the group, please contact

Christmas Closing Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:14:41 +0000 The Dove Centre will be closed 22 December to 01 January inclusive. The 24hr helpline will remain open throughout the festive period (01702 302333) and appointments (emergency only) can be available on December 27th, 28th and 29th.

Helpful telephone numbers over the festive period:
Essex Police Emergency: 999
Essex Police Non-Emergency: 101
National Women’s Aid 24hr helpline: 0808 2000 247
Samaritans: 116 123

Southend Borough Council
Social Care (out of hours duty team, adults and children): 0845 606 1212
All other emergencies (including housing and homeless): 01702 466550

Normal service will resume on 2nd January 2018 at 9am.

Christmas Visit from Sir David Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:25:39 +0000 Last week we had visit from Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, who dropped in with presents and sweets for the children we support. Thank you Sir David – it was great to see you again.

Christmas Concert Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:45:27 +0000 Our friends at St. Saviour’s Church in Westcliff are hosting a free Christmas concert on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm, and Southend Wind Orchestra will be playing. During the evening there will be a voluntary collection for Southend Blind Welfare, and us!

You can find them on King’s Road in Westcliff. Look forward to seeing you all there – and thank you to St. Saviour’s Church and Southend Wind Orchestra. It’s going to be a great evening.