Domestic Violence


If you are in danger call 999.

24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline – if you or a friend need help contact the freephone helpline on 0808 2000 247
You can also email Please note: the Helpline cannot respond to emails by telephone as safety may be compromised. If you wish to speak to somebody, please call the number above. Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge.

Sanctuary Scheme – aims to make it possible for victims to remain in their homes and feel safe, and provides an alternative to relocation away from family and friends, vital support networks and key services. This is done through the installation of enhanced security measures in a victim’s property. A referral can be made by a statutory or voluntary agency, the victim, or a friend or family member on their behalf.

Refuge – will work with clients to find independent accommodation, work to ensure that they are protected from harm and will also seek to help the client to live independently and to be able to participate in the community. T: 0808 2000 247

Refuge Eastbourne – staff will give referral advice and carry out first level needs assessment. Proof of ID required. They also have one unit which is fully accessible for a woman using a wheelchair and will make adaptations for disabilities within resource limitations. Refuge: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm, Tel: 01323 736796
24 hr referral line Tel: 07795 968400

RISE – freedom from domestic abuse, providing sanctuary and support in Sussex. Confused, scared or isolated by a partner, ex-partner or family member? Think you may be in an abusive relationship and need to talk? Call Freephone 0300 323 9985

The Portal – Eastbourne – support for survivors of abuse and violence. They 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. Freephone 0300 323 9985. E:

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

National LGBT domestic Violence Helpline – Mon & Thurs 10am-8pm, Tues, Wed & Fri 10am-5pm Tel: 0800 999 5428 e:

Survivors Network – supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex. Survivors’ Network is a registered charity that aims to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives. They are a fully accredited member of Rape Crisis England and Wales and are the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex. Their building is women-only on Monday evenings and all day on Thursdays. Tel: 01273 203380
Helpline 01273 720110 7-9pm Wednesday
or TEXT 07717 999989 e:

Aanchal – aim to promote awareness of domestic abuse and to empower women to enrich their quality of life and to take control of their lives. They help anyone affected by domestic abuse where English is not their first language. 24hr Helpline: 0845 4512 547

Women’s Aid – a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated. The website includes the Survivor’s handbook.

Mankind – for men suffering from domestic abuse or violence. Helpline 01823 334244

Paladin NSAS – (Paladin-National Stalking Advocacy Service). Help around stalking and the disclosure scheme for Clare’s Law. Tel: 0207 840 8960

You can also visit the NHS Choices website for more information.

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