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24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline 
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Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline 08088 088 088

Legal Advice Helpline 0203 935 5999

Talk to a Domestic Abuse Specialist 01923 816229

Safer Places Helpline: 03301 025 811





Our Domestic Abuse Support workers provide telephone and remote information support and advocacy for victims of domestic abuse and those who may be at risk.

This may include: one to one risk assessments, help with safety planning, emotional support and signposting to Watford Women's Centre services such as legal advice, counselling, training and support groups, social groups, support for clients to access refuge, IDVA services etc.


Martha has extensive networks with BAME communities and has worked as a BAME specialist in Watford for the past 3 Years. See Martha's recent blog post here.


Alison has over 30 years of experience in helping women to survive domestic abuse.


We are also working with Watford Council to provide part of the Healthy Hub Service. If you feel unsafe, have a look at apps to help you keep safe, particularly through lockdown. Also, see the government guidance for keeping safe during lockdown



Domestic abuse- what is it?


Does your partner or family member… intimidate you, check up on you, dislike you having friends, call you names and criticise you, restrict your access to money or health care, hurt you, blame you for the way they feel?


Do you feel…frightened, depressed, isolated, powerless?


Are you in a relationship:



This could be an abusive relationship and may be experienced by both women and men aged 16 years and over. Domestic abuse happens in marriages, partnerships, same-sex relationships and families. It occurs in all cultures, class structures, age groups and is happening today in your neighbourhood.


How can Watford Women’s Centre help me?


We offer an appointment (currently via telephone) with a specialist domestic abuse worker who will listen and give you accurate information in a supportive, non-judgemental environment. Initially, we would talk to you about your situation, assess the safety needs of you and any children and discuss your options.


These may include:



How do I access the services?



Will it be confidential?


We hope you will feel comfortable talking openly with the support worker. Whatever is discussed is strictly confidential to the agency unless we have concerns regarding the safety of yourself or others, in particular children and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding concerns may be passed on to relevant people who need to know and we will always try and include you in this process.


The J9 Initiative


The J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and assist survivors to access support safely by training professionals and members of the community to recognise domestic abuse and respond to survivors. Once J9 trained, the J9 logo is displayed, letting survivors know that they have a safe place to access information and use a telephone to contact support services.


A J9 Community Champion can be anyone amongst local business and services who comes into contact with the public regardless of their job role. This is a ‘help on the high street’ approach.


Download a Herts Sunflower J9 Resource and Information Pack here.



J9 Initiative


You have helped me walk tall again, without the fear that has followed me for so long.


You have shown me that we are worthy as women and that we have to hold on to our self-esteem even when others would try to destroy it.


I became me again and turned a negative experience into a positive outcome.

We value your feedback.


We welcome feedback from our service users. Please complete this Service User Form which can be submitted safely and anonymously.



The My Ally Project is launching soon.

Volunteer with us! My Ally is our new National Lottery funded project launching in March 2021 - we are currently looking for volunteers with lived experience of domestic abuse whether personally or in a support capacity.  To find out more about these volunteer opportunities please email for more information. 


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Adeeba - Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Giselle - Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Nadia - Raphael Law Solicitors
Sherry - JKC Lawyers




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Duncan Lewis Solicitors




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