Safe in Sussex can help you to escape domestic abuse and build a new, safer future for you and your children.

If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 999

Safe in Sussex is open Monday to Friday. Ring us on 0330 333 7416 Email us

Out of hours – call the National Domestic Abuse 24-hour helpline 0808 2000 247

We all deserve to be treated with respect and to live our lives free from violence and fear.

Domestic abuse is frightening, painful and dangerous – emotionally and physically.

Safe in Sussex provides free support and advice for anyone experiencing or at risk from domestic violence.

How Safe in Sussex can help

About you

You are not sure if what you are experiencing is domestic abuse.
Help available

Call us on 0330 333 7416 and talk in confidence to one of our trained, friendly members of staff.

Read What is Domestic Abuse?

About you
You have recently left an abusive relationship and need some help to deal with your experiences and plan your future.
Help available

We run workshops, drop-in sessions, training and provide one-to-one support to help you regain your confidence and make a fresh start – call us on 0330 333 7416 or see below.

About you
You are experiencing domestic abuse at home and have nowhere to go.
Help available

We provide refuge accommodation (see below) for women and their children who need a safe, caring environment to escape domestic violence.

Call us on 0330 333 7416 to find out more or See below.

About you
Your children have witnessed, or experienced domestic abuse and you are looking for ways to help them deal with their experience.
Help available

We provide specialist support for children and young people.

Call us on 0330 333 7416 to find out more or See below.

About you
You are a health or social care professional, local GP or community worker and you believe someone you are working with is experiencing domestic violence.
Help available
We provide training and support to help healthcare professionals spot the signs of domestic abuse and signpost people to our services. 

Click here for more information on our work with professionals

Refuge Accommodation

If you have nowhere to go, we can provide a safe place to stay for you and your children, if you have them.

In West Sussex, we have refuge accommodation for up to 17 families and can help you access refuge accommodation outside the area.

All our homes are secured and monitored 24-hours a day.

Stay up to six months 

You and your children can stay with us for up to six months and, during that time, we provide the vital support and help you will need to come to terms with your experiences and plan your future.

As well as providing counselling and a safe environment, our friendly team can provide practical advice on housing, finances and pursuing prosecutions against abusers.

Our goal is to empower women in our care and help them discover the confidence they need to live independently and without fear.

Supporting Children

Whether they witnessed it or not, children will be affected by domestic abuse in different ways. 

Safe in Sussex works with mothers and children to help rebuild relationships and strengthen emotional bonds.

Our children’s support service helps children to come to terms with their experiences by providing a safe, non-judgemental environment where they can express their feelings and explore coping mechanisms.

We provide different activities to give children the opportunity to just be a child again and play without fear.

Call Safe in Sussex on 0330 333 7416 to find out more about our refuge accommodation.

Freedom Programme – Understanding domestic abuse

One of the most sinister aspects of domestic abuse is how perpetrators play psychological “games” to manipulate and control their victims.

The aims of our 12-week Freedom Programme, written by Pat Craven are: – 

  • Empower women through a better understanding of domestic violence
  • Explore the “beliefs” held by abusive people 
  • Give women the knowledge and tools to recognise potential abusers
  • Show the effect of domestic violence on children and young people
  • Help women to gain self-confidence and improve their quality of life

The Freedom Programme is free to anyone over 16 and Safe in Sussex runs courses all over Sussex.

Call us on 0330 333 7416 or email and visit for more information.

Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit

Our 12-week, free programme helps people who have left an abusive relationship to overcome the psychological trauma of their experiences.

Through support, advice and group sessions, we help women to regain their confidence and self-esteem to feel well-equipped to live independently, free from fear.

The Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit is a follow on programme for women who have completed the Freedom Programme and are no longer in an abusive relationship. For more information, please email or call us on 0330 333 7416.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Recovery Toolkit

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Recovery Toolkit – for adults

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences including abuse, growing up in the care of someone who has addictions or mental illness, parental discord or incarceration, bereavement or poverty.

The Programme aims to support people living with the impact of their experiences and help them to develop alternative strategies to manage their emotions, understand the importance of attachments both within families and wider communities and to work towards building their self-esteem and resilience.

This is a free programme delivered in 2-hour sessions over 10 weeks, in groups of up to 12 participants.

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Recovery Toolkit for Children and Young People

The focus of our training is identifying the negative impact their experiences have had on the child or young person’s self-esteem, communication, relationships and choices.   

This is a free programme adapted for both primary and secondary school children and is delivered in 1.5-hour sessions over 6 – 8 weeks, either in schools or other groups settings.  

For more information and a referral form, please email

Useful Links

Safe in Sussex Helpline – Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm – Call 0330 333 7416


National Domestic Violence Helpline
Call free 24hr – 0808 2000 247 or Visit


Lifecentre is a South Coast charity providing support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse
Helpline – 0808 8020 808 or Visit


Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex provides support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
Call the Helpline on 01293 538477 or Visit


Worth Services – West Sussex-based help and advice on domestic abuse.


MIND – Mental Health Charity
Call 01903 277000 or Visit


Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Advice on finances, housing, debt.
Call 0344 477 1171 or Visit


Call 116 123 or Visit


ManKind – Domestic violence helpline for men
Call 01823 334244 or Visit


Victim Support
Call 0808 168 9274 or Visit


The Daisy Chain Project provides pro bono legal advice to men and women experiencing, fleeing domestic abuse.
Call 01903 918764 or Visit


The Galop is an LGBT domestic abuse charity
Call 0300 999 5428 or Visit


Men’s Advice Line a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for male victims of domestic abuse.
Call 0808 801 0327 or


The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK
Call 0808 808 4994 or Visit


Police Conduct – This is a guide of how to make a silent call to the police.


Womens Aid including Live Chat, email, the Survivors Forum and local services.


Respect Phoneline a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them: Call 0808 8024040 or Visit 



Safe In Sussex receives 14% of its funding from the government. The rest is through grants, fundraising events, donations, legacies and corporate sponsorship.

Demand for our services grows every year and finding the money to fund our vital services gets tougher all the time.

We are fortunate to receive some grant funding from Children in Need, the National Lottery and local authority organisations, but we are constantly looking for new ways to attract funding.

If you would like to help us in any way please call us on 0330 333 7416 or email

If you would like to help our fundraising activities, please click here to find out how you can get involved.

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