All local support
We provide non-judgemental and confidential support to men, women and child survivors of sexual abuse and rape, whether that be recent or historic. Services include face to face, email and group counselling and telephone and text helplines.
Sussex Young Witness Service (YWS) is a specialist service in supporting children and young people aged 18 and under who are required to give evidence in a Crown Court trial. YWS have specialist trained caseworkers, volunteers and staff who are able to work with children and young people requiring support during any part of the criminal justice process. Our service is confidential and free.
YWS supports young witnesses, their families, social workers, keyworkers and friends. In addition, YWS provide home visits, pre-court visits, support on the day of the trial and post- trial support and assistance with Criminal Injuries Compensation applications.
If you require support at Crown Court or any further information please do not hesitate to contact YWS.
Safe in Sussex provides support to victims of domestic abuse in the following ways: Refuge accommodation for women and their children providing one to one support for both mother and child for more information call 01903 231939 Freedom Programme, a 12 week rolling course to help women understand the beliefs held by the abusive partner, to gain confidence and improve the quality of their lives. Educational programmes for young people helping them to make safe healthy relationships. Visit our website or call to find out more.
Provide support to those at significant risk of harm from anti-social behaviour, hate crime or targeted harassment through responding to the client's emotional needs and providing practical solutions. Offer initial phone call and face to face meeting to provide this emotional and practical support. Practical support may include offering advice and choices in relation to personal safety, legal options, housing support, mental health support, finances, form filling, signposting and referring to courses or training.
YMCA WiSE works across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex to support children and young people to stay safe in their relationships. We can provide support to children and young people up to the age of 25 who need and want our help. This might be through one to one work with a YMCA WiSE Project Worker, joint support with an existing professional involved in the child or young person’s life, group work or outreach. We also provide training and awareness raising workshops to schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, local authority teams, police, health practitioners and through the LSCB training programme.
Whether you are a victim or witness of a hate crime, the Self Evident app is the smart way to find support. The app puts you in control by letting you secure legally sound evidence of the crime, record a reliable statement, validate the evidence for an insurance or compensation claim, and file a crime report with the police from your smartphone. The app also has improved accessibility to support for repeat and vulnerable victims of hate crime, brought to you by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner. Download the Self Evident App on your mobile apple or android device. For more information and to download the app visit: https://witnessconfident.org/self-evident-app
Many agencies work together through the Brighton & Hove Safe in the City Partnership to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour. The statutory bodies include Brighton & Hove City Council, the local probation, fire & rescue, police and health services. Our partners in the community and voluntary sector also play an important role, as do local residents through Local Action Teams and community forums.
The Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership was created to ensure quality RJ services are available at a time that is right for those harmed by crime. In Sussex we have around 45 Restorative Justice facilitators who are fully trained and qualified to review all cases for suitability and eligibility. All potential cases are reviewed by our trained co-ordinators.
The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment.
- We are a service available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend.
- We provide support for people experiencing distress. Please note this is a limted service, if you are in urgent need of help see urgent help in a crsis.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened. If you feel that things are getting to you, get in touch.
We know a lot about what can help you through tough times.
We can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.
Lift House, 6 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH
STAR is a drug and alcohol recovery service commissioned to work with people from the age of 18 upwards offering a range of services to achieve positive outcomes for all service users.
If you prefer not to call or email you can drop in to one of the hubs (see addresses in Eastbourne and Hastings) to arrange for a specialist recovery worker to offer you some support and book you an appointment for more extensive assessment and treatment if necessary.