Domestic Abuse Support

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is behaviour from a family member, partner or ex-partner that:

is controlling, coercive, threatening, violent or abusive and happens between people aged over 16.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to men or women. It includes the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Domestic violence and abuse can include harassment, stalking, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based abuse. It can also include trafficking.



We know it might be harder than normal to get away from your home or stay somewhere else.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police.

Silent calls will work if you are not safe to speak - call 999 and then press 55 when prompted.

If you can’t use a voice phone, you can register with the police text service - text REGISTER to 999.  You will get a text which tells you what to do next.  It is best to register when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.


My Sisters’ House

They provide a range of support needs to women from all backgrounds facing all kinds of issues.


Domestic abuse helpline: 07787 394983 (open 10am-1pm Monday to Friday, plus 5pm-8pm on Thursday and 9am-midday on Saturday)

Employment helpline: 07539 825756 (open 10am-1pm, Monday to Friday)

Emotional support helpline: 07787 395102 (open 10am-1pm, Monday to Friday


Safe in Sussex

Safe in Sussex provides an escape route from violence and the chance to seek alternatives to a life of isolation, fear and danger. As well as refuge accommodation it provides group work programmes - the 'Freedom Programme' and 'Meaningful Relationships'.



Tel: 033 033 37416 (9.30am-4.30pm)



WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service supports people at high risk of harm or homicide as a result of domestic abuse.


Tel: 07834 968539 or 033 022 28181


What help is available nationally?


Bright Sky app by Hestia

Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.

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Boots Pharmacies: Domestic abuse victims will be able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacies across the country. People who wish to use the safe space consultation room need to ask at the pharmacy counter.


Citizens Advice: Domestic violence and abuse - getting help

Tel: 0808 278 7969

Web Chat:



At home shouldn't mean at risk. GOVUK have launched their #YouAreNotAlone campaign to support domestic violence victims during the Coronavirus pandemic

Find our how to get help:


Victim Support

It provides free, confidential support and information to help victims and witnesses overcome the effects of crime


Tel: 0845 389 9528


ManKind Initiative

ManKind Initiative provides support and information for male victims of domestic abuse.


Tel: 01823 334244



Is your behaviour costing you your relationship? Help is available.

You can talk to Respect in confidence about your violence and domestic abuse. A friendly Helpline Advisor will listen to you without judgement and give you honest advice #NoExcuseForAbuse


Freephone 0808 8024040 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)


Family Lives

Family Lives can help with all aspects of family life including child development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. They can also provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, risky teenage behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children


Tel: 0808 8002222



SafeLives support everyone dealing with domestic abuse. They advise and train people and organisations, including police forces. They also gather evidence to understand what’s working



Refuge: Freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247



Women’s Aid: Information and support for female victims of domestic abuse. There is an instant messaging service and a forum where you can speak to other women in their supportive community of survivors.



No Wrong Door

While thousands of people come to Citizens Advice and actively disclose domestic abuse, we know there will be thousands more who don’t. So, we’re training our advisers to identify domestic abuse with a sensitive approach during unaccompanied face-to-face advice sessions

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