Help and advice about domestic abuse
How to get help – the Police
You can report rape and sexual abuse in the following ways:
• By calling 101
• In person at your local police station
Remember to always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) - or Clare’s Law – is a way to find out vital information to help you make a decision about whether it’s safe for you to continue your relationship. If you, or someone you know, has concerns about a relationship or think they may be at risk of abuse, you have the right to ask the police if a partner has had a history of violence or abuse. You can find out more about the scheme, how it can help, and where you can find support by clicking here or watching this video on YouTube.
How to get help – specialist services
If you’ve been affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence contact The Portal to find out more about the help, advice and support available. The Portal is a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities including cgl, which also offers a range of other services in East Sussex.
To contact The Portal, call Freephone 0300 323 9985 or email email@example.com.
How to get help – children
If you are worried about a child or teenager who might be at risk of harm or in danger:
• In an emergency call 999
• Otherwise contact the Single Point of Advice (SPOA) team:
Phone: 01323 464222
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
How to get help – adults
If you are concerned that you or someone you know about may be being abused, neglected or exploited, contact Adult Social Care.
• If the person is in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
• Otherwise Phone: 0345 60 80 191, 8am to 8pm 7 days a week including bank holidays.
How to get help – national
24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline
Freephone 0808 2000 247
For women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)
0844 8044 999
NCDV provides a free, fast emergency service to survivors of domestic violence, regardless of race, financial situation, gender or sexual orientation. They work closely with partner agencies and help people apply for an injunction quickly.
National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline
Freephone 0800 999 5428
Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse
Men’s Advice Line
Freephone 0808 801 0327
Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members
Freephone 0808 5999 247
Immediate and on-going support for victims of Forced Marriage and so-called ‘Honour Based’ Abuse
Respect Phone Line
Freephone 0808 802 4040
A confidential helpline for people who are abusive and/or violent towards their current or ex-partner. Offers information and advice to support perpetrators to stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours.