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About Break the Cycle

We aim to promote healthy relationships for children and young people across Southend-on-Sea in Essex

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Break the Cycle was launched by Safe Steps, a specialist domestic abuse agency, in 2016. We are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Our services include:

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A Safe Lives accredited Young People’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (YP IDVA) for young people experiencing abusive relationships.

Our YP IDVA service can help you with:

  • Risk assessments and safety planning

  • Support with social care and school

  • Support through the Criminal and Civil Justice System

  • Advocacy

  • Housing

Help for young people who are in recovery from abusive relationships. This includes one-to-one support covering:

  • Self-esteem

  • Education on healthy relationships

  • Coping strategies for mental health

  • Establishing boundaries and assertiveness

  • Help to understand the impact of trauma

  • Confidence

Help for young people
School-based prevention programme

A school-based prevention programme delivering class workshops on health relationships and the warning signs of controlling and abusive behaviour. These can be both one-off sessions or as part of a longer programme. The programme and content is tailored for the different Key Stages.

Awareness training for professionals and teachers/support staff.

Awareness training

How can I get help?

Contact Break the Cycle

If you don’t have any professionals supporting you, or you would like more information about our service first please call and ask for the Break the Cycle Team.

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Reach Out

If you have a key worker, supportive teacher or other professional involved ask them to complete our referral form.