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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse consists of any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

Child Sexual Exploitation(CSE)

CSE involves children and young people receiving something – for example, accommodation, drugs, affection – as a result of them performing sexual activities, or having others perform sexual activities on them. It can occur without physical contact; when children are groomed to post sexual images of themselves on the internet. Vulnerable groups are particularly at risk, such as looked after children, children leaving care, children missing from school, home or care, and children with learning difficulties. Victims may be trafficked locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Human Trafficking (modern slavery)

Also known as ‘Modern Slavery’, Human Trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of people who, with the threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, abuse of power or deception are exploited for the purposes of prostitution, forced labour, slavery or other similar practices. This can occur either from one country to another or even within the same country, county or town. Specialist Police Officers believe that people are almost certainly trafficked into and out of the country through the Essex ports of Stansted, Tilbury and Harwich. Some of these people are forced to work in places like cannabis factories, nail bars, brothels and car washes. Police investigations in some parts of the country have explored whether vulnerable people, often British nationals, have been used for forced labour, effectively held as slaves, on some traveller sites. There is no typical victim and some victims don’t understand that they have been exploited and are entitled to help and support.

Honour Based Abuse

This term refers to  crimes committed against a person as punishment for breaking an ‘honour code’, usually imposed by a family or community, there is a very strong link between ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and domestic abuse.


Prevent is part of the national counter-terrorism strategy known as ‘Contest’ and is “to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremists”.  

Hate Crime

Hate crime is a term used to describe an offence committed against a person because of hate or prejudice. It affects such a range of people it is difficult to define but it is described as, any incident, which may be a criminal offence, motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a particular social group because of their:

  • Race, Colour, Ethnic origin and Nationality
  • Religion and Faith
  • Gender or Gender Identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability and Learning Difficulties
  • Mental Health

Essex Police

Where the abuse is also a crime – such as assault, racial harassment, rape or theft – call the local police non-emergency number on 101.  But if you believe someone is in immediate danger, dial 999. 

Getting help from Social Services

To report an adult safeguarding concern call 0345 603 7634 or, if out of hours, call 0345 606 1212

Details about reporting a child safeguarding concern can be found on the Children at Risk of Abuse and Neglect page on the Essex County Council website.


Essex Safeguarding Children Board               or 01245 435167

Essex Safeguarding Adults Board                or 01245 430085

AskSAL – Safeguarding Adult Line

AskSAL leaflet or 08452 6666 63

Childline or 0800 1111

NSPCC (including Child Trafficking Advice Centre) or 0808 800 5000

Crimestoppers (anonymous) or 0800 555111

‘Stop the Traffik’ (The Metropolitan Police hotline for victims or to report suspected trafficking)

0800 783 2589 (24 hour hotline)

Victim Support (the national independent charity that offers support to victims of crime)

0808 168 9111 or email

The This is Abuse Website provides specialist advice on what to do if you find yourself in an abusive relationship with your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend

Action on Elder Abuse aims to prevent abuse of older people by raising awareness and by education, promotion, research, collection and dissemination of information  080 8808 8141

The Advocacy Project

The Easy Health website has various easy read leaflets and videos which will help people with learning disabilities understand what abuse is and to know what to do if they are being subjected to it.

Mencap support for people with a learning disability and their families and carers

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge

0800 2000 247