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

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 

 Karma Nirvana

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. 



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