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This service is provided by 'Change Grow Live', a voluntary sector organisation.
Seeking refuge - Clarion
Clarion Housing Association provides safe refuge accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic violence in East Sussex. If you need to flee domestic abuse:
- call the free 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline on: 0808 2000 247
- or 07517 549499
- or email Clarion at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include a safe contact number or email address. State the best time to contact you. A member of the refuge team will call you back.
Concerns for a child
Children If you believe a child is at risk of harm due to domestic abuse, please see Report a concern about a child or a teenager
If there’s an immediate risk to someone’s safety, please call 999.
Resources for professionals working with families affected by domestic violence.
Other local support services
Rape and sexual violence
The Survivors Network provide the specialist rape and sexual violence abuse service for Sussex. You can contact them via that website, or call them on 01273 203 380.
Stalking and harassment
The specialist stalking advocacy services for Sussex is provided by Veritas Justice. You can contact them via that website, or call them on call them on 01273 234 773.
Older people experiencing abuse
Hourglass is a charity that provides support to older adults. It offers both emotional and practical help.
Website: Hourglass (wearehourglass.org)
Telephone: 080 8808 8141
Text (free): 078 6005 2906
Request information under Clare’s Law
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is often called ‘Clare’s Law’. It is named after Clare Wood and landmark campaign related to her case. Clare’s Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. Under Clare’s Law, a member of the public can also make enquires into the partner of a close friend or family member. Make a DVDS application at Sussex Police.
If you’ve been affected by:
- domestic abuse
- stalking or
- any other crime
You can also visit Safe Space Sussex. It provides an online directory of local victim and witness specialist support services. It also has information about what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system. This helps to ‘demystify’ the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable.
National support services
Help for women
Women’s Aid provides information on a wide range of issues. Including housing, money, helping your children, and legal rights.
Paladin supports those affected by stalking.
- Telephone: 020 3866 4107
Help for perpetrators of domestic abuse
The Respect service provides confidential advice for perpetrators who want to change their behaviour.
- Website: Respect Phoneline UK
- Telephone: 0808 802 4040
Support for male victims of domestic violence
The Respect organisation also provides confidential advice for male victims of domestic abuse.
- Website: Respect: Support for men (mensadviceline.org.uk)
- Freephone advice line: 0808 801 0327
Specialised services for minority groups
Galop helps LGBT+ people who’ve experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence.
- Website: Galop
- Telephone: 0800 999 5428
The Aanchal helpline can help you if English isn’t your first language. Helpline staff can speak to you in different languages. These include English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Tamil, and Bengali.
- Website: 24-hour Aanchal helpline
- Telephone: 0800 0124 924
Black women and girls
HERSANA provides support to black survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
- Website: HERSANA | Help for Abuse
- Telephone: 0333 016 9610
Black (Asian and African Caribbean) women
Southall Black Sisters provide guidance and advice to Black (Asian and African Caribbean) women.
(So called) Honour-based abuse
A specialist service providing guidance and advice for victims and survivors of honour-based abuse in the UK.
- Website: Karma Nirvana
- Telephone: 0800 5999 247
Opoka provides specialist domestic abuse advice to Polish women. They have a helpline, crisis support, advocacy and an outreach service.
- Website: Opoka
- Telephone: 0300 365 1700
Deaf women and men
Sign Health provide a specialist domestic abuse service for deaf people across England. They help bring deaf people and their children to safety and empower them to build new lives free of fear. They have:
- Deaf Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs).
- Young Peoples Violence Advisors (YPVA’s).
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse happens between people that have a personal connection. For example, partners, ex-partners, or family members. It can consist of violence. Or, it can be controlling, coercive, or threatening behaviour. Domestic abuse can affect anyone over the age of 16. It can affect people of any gender or sexual orientation.
The abuse can include but is not limited to the following:
- control and isolation
- psychological and/or emotional abuse
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse and/or sexual coercion
- financial or economic abuse
- harassment and stalking
- online and digital abuse
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