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Domestic Violence, Personal Safety and  Modern Slavery Support

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.

Aanchal - aim to help anyone affected by domestic abuse where English is not their first language. We take into account and respect the culture, rituals and ways of being, to support people through challenging issues, crises and stigmas that they will face in speaking out. We understand that every individual we support has the right to live as an equal in society, able to hold up their head with pride and to be part of a supportive community and know that they are not alone. We are proud to be an inclusive organisation.24hr Helpline: 0845 4512 547

Action on Elder Abuse helpline- abuse of an older person- examples of abuse include: not caring for someone properly (neglect), pressuring someone to give away money or property, psychological (eg threats, harassment or forcing someone to live somewhere they don’t want to), physical (eg violence), sexual. Telephone: 0808 808 8141.

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) - a specialist organisation that operates across the four nations of the United Kingdom. It also provides some support within Ireland. Unlike other 'older people's organisations' we focus exclusively on the issue of elder abuse, not as one issue among many, but as a single focus to our work. For this reason, we have extensive expertise that is not available from any other charity or agency. T: 0800 0699 784.

Domestic Abuse Help - domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Whether you’re the abused or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that help is available.

Domestic Violence Emergency Legal Protection - a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. Domestic abuse is common in the UK and anyone can be a victim, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Our award-winning free service allows anyone who has recently suffered or been threatened with domestic violence to apply for an emergency court injunction. This can sometimes be issued within 24 hours of making contact with us. We work in close partnership with the police, solicitors and other support agencies (Refuge, Women’s Aid etc) to help victims obtain speedy protection.

Forced marriage - contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into E: T: 020 7008 0151. From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151. Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)

IKWRO’s mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of  ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence and to promote their rights. You can contact us by telephone between 09:30 and 17:30 Monday to Friday on + 44 207 920 6460.

Karma Nirvana -  are you being pressured to get married against your will, do you fear to bring shame & dishonour on your family,  have you been emotionally manipulated or physically abused,  are you being told to get married because of your religion or do you worry about being disowned. We 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 E:

Make a Change - a community-focused response to the perpetration of domestic abuse which includes work at community, professional and specialist service levels. We intervene at an early stage with those perpetrating abusive behaviours within their relationships, increasing the safety of (ex-) partners. We work with perpetrators on both a one to one and group basis, with groups run in both Brighton and Eastbourne. Our practitioners proactively engage with those individuals using an outreach approach, influencing attitudinal and behavioural change. They do so by working with existing agencies in East Sussex to successfully recruit those using abusive behaviours onto the Make a Change Programme. For more information about Make a Change and to get in touch please contact Maria Cripps at  We work in partnership with Respect and Women’s Aid.

NSPCC - This charity works against child abuse - a helpline is available for parents or other adults concerned about a child (0808 8025544).

NHS Choices website for more information.

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline. - emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don't suffer in silence. T: 0800 999 5428. E: Opening Times:

10 am – 5 pm Monday & Tues

10 am – 8 pm Wednesday & Thurs

10 am – 5 pm Friday

1 pm – 5 pm Tuesday is trans specific service.

Online chat:

5 pm - 8 pm Wednesday

5 pm - 8 pm Thursday.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) provides a UK-wide support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. Helpline: 0808 801 0331 (Monday – Thursday 10 am-9 pm,  Friday 10 am-6 pm) E:

The Portal - Eastbourne - support for survivors of abuse and violence. The 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:

Recovery Focus - a national group of charities, who are all highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the effects of mental ill-health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic violence across the country. T: 020 7697 3300

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 a 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.

Respect Phone Line - 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. Freephone 0808 802 4040.

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.

Safe in Sussex -  a registered charity providing help and support for people affected by domestic abuse in West Sussex. We’re also committed to preventing domestic abuse and providing education and training on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships. T: Helpline available Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm call us 01903 896202 Online Chat available Monday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm.

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. A referral can be made by a statutory or voluntary agency, the victim, or a friend or family member on their behalf.

Survivors Network - supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex. Their building is women-only on Monday evenings and all day on Thursdays. Tel: 01273 203380 Helpline 01273 720110 7-9 pm Wednesday
or Text 07717 999989 e:

Welsh Women's Aid - Information and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, including a directory of local services. T: 0808 80 10 800

Women's Aid (England) - Information and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, including a directory of local services. T: 0808 2000 247

Male Abuse support

Does your partner hurt you – physically, emotionally, financially, or in another way?.T: 0808 8010327.

Help for Men Who Are Being abused - learn how to recognize domestic violence against men and get the help you need to escape an abusive relationship.

ManKind -  support men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). This can range from actual violence or object throwing to mental abuse such as constant bullying or constant insults. The helpline provides both emotional support and practical information. We receive calls from male victims of domestic abuse across all age ranges and professions. Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – For Confidential Help, Please Call 01823 334244.

Men's Advice Line - Confidential advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse by a current or ex-partner or family member. T: 0808 801 0327

Refuge - most domestic violence is directed at women, but men can be abused too, in both heterosexual and gay relationships. It is important to realise that you are not alone. Refuge – and many other organisations – are here to help you. You may also think you may be an abuser. It takes strength to admit that you are abusing your partner. If you really want to change, you can. Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.

Respect - domestic abuse affects men too. Have you changed the way you behave because you are frightened of your partner’s reaction? Do you feel afraid, “walking on eggshells” or intimidated by your partner?

SafeLine - 1 in 6 men have been targets of rape or sexual abuse, that’s 5 million men in the UK. Abusers don’t discriminate – it can happen to any man, of any age, race, class or sexual identity.  Our trained professionals provide a range of services to support men in working through their experiences.  Safeline has over 20 years’ experience in working with rape and sexual abuse and our research shows that the clients we work with report a significant improvement in their mental health and wellbeing, enabling them to regain control of their lives and play a more active role within their communities. T: 0808 800

SurvivorsUK - an estimated 12,000 men are raped in the UK every year, and more than 70,000 are sexually abused or assaulted. At SurvivorsUK we know male sexual abuse has profound effects on those who experience it and can deeply affect their mental health and relationships. But we are here to help sexually abused men as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened, and challenge the silence and attitudes. T:  02035983898 E:

Modern Slavery

The Children’s Society - We run a number of services across the country that help young people who are being exploited or are at risk of being exploited, through 'county lines', a name commonly used for child criminal exploitation. We also have resources and guidance for parents and professionals who may be concerned about a child being criminally exploited.

Modern Slavery is a serious and often hidden crime. It comprises slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, which is the harbouring and transportation of individuals for exploitation. A victim is usually used and exploited for someone else’s gain, without respect for their human rights and involving some element of coercion, such as threats, use of force, deception, or abuse of power so that the victim performs acts or services against their will. Victims can be any nationality, gender and age but children, young people and vulnerable adults are often targeted.

UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre - brings us closer to the eradication of modern slavery. It provides victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support on a 24/7 basis. Call us on 08000 121 700 to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice.

Personal Safety and Hate Crime

LGB&T hate crime -  have you been directly affected (as a victim) or you have witnessed something you believe to be an LGB&T Hate Crime incident. T: 08008010661

Learning Disability Hate Crime - Stop Hate UK offers independent and confidential information, advice and support to anybody affected by Learning Disability Hate Crime. T: 08008021155.

The National Stalking Helpline - Practical advice and information to anyone who is currently or previously been affected by harassment or stalking. T: 0808 802 0300.

Paladin -  is a trauma-informed service established to assist high-risk victims of stalking in England and Wales. Our unique team of accredited Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISACs) ensure that high-risk victims of stalking are supported and that a coordinated community response is developed locally to keep victims and their children safe. Stalking is a pattern of repeated and persistent unwanted behaviour that is intrusive and engenders fear, it is when one person becomes fixated or obsessed with another and the attention is unwanted. Threats may not be made but victims may still feel scared. Importantly threats are not required for the criminal offence of stalking to be prosecuted.  T: 020 3866 4107 E:

Revenge Porn Helpline - a free resource full of useful information for victims of revenge porn, information about what the law says, what can be done to limit its effects and help from organisations such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with links to various resources and support agencies. In October 2014, The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling agreed to an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill. "It shall be an offence for a person to publish a private sexual image of another identifiable person without their consent where this disclosure causes distress to the person who is the subject of the image." . T: 0345 6000 459 Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm Emails can be sent any time to 

Stop Hate UK -  is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties. T: 08001381625.

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