Two women discussing financial abuse on a sofaBarking and Dagenham

The Barking and Dagenham Domestic and Sexual Violence Service, run by Refuge, provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living and working in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham who are experiencing gender-based violence. It provides outreach programmes, independent advocacy, group support, refuge accommodation and a specialist service for young people .

It provides the following services, all under one roof as a ‘single point of access’:

  • One-to-one confidential, non-judgmental, independent support
  • A specialist independent gender-based violence advocacy (IGVA) team to support women at risk of serious harm
  • An accommodation based service
  • A specialist service for young children
  • Early intervention service for 11-17 year olds, including prevention work for example training school staff to deliver health relationship workshops
  • A sanctuary scheme to improve home safety
  • Group support
  • Perpetrator intervention

  • Anyone who is living and/or working in Barking and Dagenham

Everyone’s needs are unique and our expert staff at the service create support plans that help keep you (and your children) safe, whilst helping to rebuild your free from violence and fear. For example you may need to:

  • Access a refuge (confidential emergency temporary accommodation)
  • Talk to someone who understands what you are going through
  • Receive support contacting the police
  • Move away from the area
  • Stay at home, but want to find out how you can keep safe
  • Receive support if you are considering going to court
  • Access legal advice
  • Manage your financial situation
  • Find out about support networks in your community
  • Receive specialist support for your children

Gender-based violence is violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender. Gender-based violence is mostly inflicted by men on women and girls. Types of gender-based violence include:

  • Domestic violence (physical, sexual, financial, emotional or psychological abuse)
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery (for example, sexual exploitation; forced labour; domestic servitude)
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage
  • So-called ‘honour’-based violence

Visit this page for more information on the different forms of gender-based violence.

If you’re in Barking and Dagenham, call the service on: 0300 456 0174 or email