COMPASS is a single point of access funded by Essex County Council in partnership with the Office of Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to support adult victims of domestic abuse across Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

Compass is being delivered by a consortium of established domestic abuse support agencies which includes; Safe Steps, Changing Pathways and Next Chapter.  The aim is to provide a single number for callers to speak with a trained member of staff who will complete an assessment and ensure contact is made with the most appropriate support service. There will be an easy to use online form for both the public and professionals wishing to make a referral.

The single point of access is not replacing any support services already provided in Essex by Safe Steps, Changing Pathways and Next Chapter. Its function is to increase accessibility to ensure victims get the right support at the right time.

Please do contact Essex Compass in the first instance if you wish to make a new referral

for online referrals & more information go to or call the number below for access to the referrals service

0330 333 7 444

Next Chapter

For referrals into our Children & Young People's Service please use own full professional referral form. 

For all other referrals you are welcome to use our online referral form but we would encourage you to refer via Essex Compass using the links above.