Help available in East Sussex:
Safe in Sussex – phone 0330 333 7416
Safe in Sussex has three refuges that provide safe temporary accommodation for women and their children escaping domestic abuse.
Refuges -24hr referral number for East Sussex Refuges – phone 07795 968 400
There are five refuges in East Sussex. Accommodation is usually a private bedroom for the woman and her children and shared bathrooms, lounge, kitchens, laundry, garden, etc., although the Eastbourne refuge offers self-contained flats. Accommodation is of a good standard, and bedding, towels, cooking equipment, and emergency provisions are provided. Self-referrals as well as agency referrals are accepted. The telephone referral and assessment process is quick, with admission usually on the same day.
Sussex Police – phone 101 when it is not an emergency
Change Grow Live (CGL) -provides information, advocacy and practical and emotional support to women and men living with domestic abuse and violence in the East Sussex area. Their aim is to support people in making informed choices, helping victims find out what their options are, including housing, safety and legal issues and guidance through the court process. They also put you in touch with other organisations that may be able to address your concerns, including refuge accommodation and sanctuary schemes.
Change Grow Live’s Community Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Service (IDVAs) provides practical and emotional support to women and men.
Please visit The Portal website which is a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities led by RISE and including Survivors’ Network and Change Grow Live.
The Portal provides a single point of contact for victims and survivors of domestic or sexual abuse and violence, helping them to find the right help, advice and support. The Portal can also give advice and support to friends, families and professionals.
Telephone: Freephone 0300 323 9985
- Men’s Advice Line – phone 0808 801 0327 9a.m. to 5p.m. Mon-Fri or email@example.com
Confidential helpline for men who experience violence from their partners or ex-partners
- Respect – phone 0808 802 4040 Mon-Fri m. to 5 p.m.
Information and advice line for anyone who is violent and/or abusive towards their partner
- Karma Nirvana – provide support to men and women who are victims of honour based abuse and forced marriage. Helpline Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm Tel: 0800 5999 247
E: firstname.lastname@example.org karmanirvana.org.uk
- National LGBT domestic Violence Helpline – Mon & Thurs 10am-8pm, Tues, Wed & Fri 10am-5pm Tel: 0800 999 5428 e: email@example.com lgbtdap.org.uk
- Lotus Domestic Abuse Programme through Home Start East Sussex – The programme helps women to draw on and recognise their own strengths and community support, helping them to identify early warning signs and break the cycle of abuse.
- If you are looking for support for yourself, please submit an Enquiry Form or phone/text 07505 426118 to arrange a friendly, sensitive and confidential chat.
- Housing Options Teams in East Sussex – Your local authority will explain your housing options. This may mean they can help you to stay safe in your own home or help you to find accommodation.
- Eastbourne Borough Council‘s Customer First team: 01323 410000
- Hastings Housing Options Team – phone 01424 451 212
- Lewes District Council‘s Customer First team – phone 01273 47160030 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Mon-Fri
- Rother Housing Options Team – phone 01424 787 999
- Wealden Housing Options Team – phone 01323 443 501 or 01323 443362
- Shelter – phone 0808 800 4444 – Free national helpline for housing advice Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat and Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Victim Support Sussex– Supports victims to cope with the effects of crime, including support through criminal procedures- 0808 168 9274. Lines are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. If you need support outside of our open hours, call our Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111 or request support via our website.
- Rights of Women Legal Advice Line – phone 0207 251 6577
Free, confidential legal advice for women by women
- Migrant Helpline – phone 01424 461 225
Support and advice for asylum seekers and refugees living in East Sussex