We rely on health and community support workers, schools and voluntary organisations to help us reach adults and children affected by domestic abuse in West Sussex.

We provide training and support for professionals and volunteers to help them identify the signs of domestic abuse and how to signpost our services and make referrals.

Schools, educational organisations and community groups play an essential role in helping us to prevent domestic abuse through education and awareness.

Read about our work with local schools. 

Refuge accommodation

We have safe refuge accommodation for up to 17 families and can arrange accommodation outside the West Sussex area.

Women and their children can stay approximately six months and we help them come to terms with their experiences and develop plans for a safe, more secure future.

Our Amber House community refuge in Littlehampton also provides an early intervention service for women in West Sussex.

If you know someone who needs a safe place to go to escape an abusive relationship, please call us on 0330 333 7416 and talk to a member of our team.

Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme is a free, 12-week rolling programme of support for women.

The aims of the programme are to help women understand the beliefs held by abusive people and recognise which of these beliefs they have shared.

  • Show the effects of domestic abuse on children.
  • Help women recognise potential future abusers.
  • Help women to gain self-confidence to improve their quality of life.

Safe in Sussex runs the Freedom Programme in Worthing, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, Burgess Hill and Horsham.

If you know someone who may benefit from this programme, email  or call us on 0330 333 7416.

Recovery Toolkit

The Recovery Toolkit is a free, 12-week programme, empowering women who are no longer in an abusive relationship.

The programme is designed to help them overcome the psychological trauma of domestic abuse and create strategies to move forward with their lives, living free from domestic abuse.

To find out more about our group work and courses please contact us for  more information email or call 0330 333 7416.

Adult Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Recovery Toolkit

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

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 focus of our training is the long-term negative impact these experiences have had on the individual’s self-esteem and / or lifestyle choices.

Research shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can affect how an adult perceives themselves, how they interact with others, how they cope with emotional pain and how they look after others or parent their own children. 

Adversity in childhood can also leave people with confusion about issues of trust, boundaries and how to establish and maintain healthy relationships both with adults and children.

The Programme aims to support people living with the impact of their ACEs 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. 

The course covers: – 

  • Understanding and living with ACEs.
  • Understanding toxic stress and strategies to manage it.
  • Understanding attachment.
  • Developing nurturing parenting styles and reducing the impact of potential ACEs on children.
  • Managing emotions and creating new possibilities.

This programme uses a trauma-informed, psycho-educational approach to learning, and is not therapy.

For more information, please call the ACE team on 0330 300 7416 or email if you know someone who may benefit.

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

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

We organise the groups sensitively, ensuring the children and young people are of similar ages, to ensure they feel safe and can get the most from their group learning.

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.   

The aim of the programme is to support children and young people living with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and help them develop –

  • Perception and assessment of a range of behaviours, healthy relationships and connections to others.
  • Understanding stress and their responses to it.
  • How to manage better their emotions.
  • Self-trust and resilience.
  • Communication.
  • Techniques to self-sooth, self-regulate and self-trust.
  • Limit-setting and bringing their own structure to their lives (especially in cases where they are still living with ACEs).

The areas covered comply with OFSTED’s proposals to changes in their ‘Personal Development’ criteria and may be used in evidence of a school’s promotion of mental health and wellbeing of their pupils.

This Programme uses a trauma-informed, psycho-educational approach to learning, and is not therapy.

For more information please call the ACE team on 0300 333 7416 or email

Our work with schools in West Sussex

Educating young people about domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships is the best way to prevent domestic abuse for future generations.

We offer lessons and assemblies in primary and secondary schools to help young people make healthy choices around every relationship they have, whether that is friendships, parent/guardian, sibling or romantic.

Statistics show that in a class of 30 pupils, three will have experienced domestic abuse/violence at home.

Lessons for secondary schools

We deliver six lessons within secondary schools:

  1. Bullying and peer pressure
  2. Self-esteem and dealing with conflict and anxiety
  3. Relationships and self-esteem
  4. Abuse in relationships and where to get help
  5. Discovering where our beliefs come from and what our rights and responsibilities are in relationships
  6. Spiralling – a 20-minute DVD which follows the relationship of two young people showing how it develops into an abusive one. It looks at the excuses people make, the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and where to get help.

The lessons are interactive, fun and designed to engage young people.  

Our lessons are relevant to all three core themes of the PSHE education programme of study:

  • Health and well-being
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world
Assemblies for secondary schools

We offer assemblies to whole school, year groups or chapters to raise awareness of relationship abuse, myths that surround it and where people can get help.

Last year, we addressed over 7,000 children at school assemblies across West Sussex.

We believe knowledge is power and the more young people know about what relationship abuse looks like, the healthier choices they will make.

We try to make the assemblies as interactive and fun as possible, whilst giving as much information as we can.

Work with primary schools

The GREAT Project is a fun, interactive and educational healthy relationship and domestic abuse awareness programme for year five and six pupils.

It is designed to complement key stage 2 Personal, Social and Emotional Curriculum, covering topics such as healthy relationships, defining domestic abuse, reasons and excuses and respecting each other.  

The GREAT Project consists of four two-hour, age appropriate sessions on the following topics.

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Defining Domestic Abuse
  • Excuses and Choices

The GREAT Project is complimented by a teacher twilight session and a pupil graduation following the completion of the project.

The GREAT Project has been developed in response to the disturbing fact that 1 in 10 children are living with domestic violence. 

It has been designed to reduce the devastating impact that domestic violence so very often has on the lives of children, including poor attainment in education.

The GREAT Project enables primary school children to gain knowledge about healthy relationships, to explore what domestic violence is and to know where to go for help and support.

The GREAT Project resources are interesting, colourful, interactive and take into account visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners. The resources are accessible for a range of abilities and are designed to enable pupils to retain, remember and recall the information.

The GREAT Project has been designed to enable a sensitive approach to the delivery of a specialist topic.



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

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