All local support

Survivors Network
01273 720110
Text: 07717 999 989
CISVA 07402 372 707
Line opening hours (Closed now)
19:00 to 21:00, Wednesday

Survivors' Network is a specialist organisation providing friendly support and professional help for survivors of sexual abuse and their families. They understand that the effects of any form of sexual trauma can be profound and long lasting and that it takes courage to ask for help.

They believe that with the right support people can and do heal from their experiences and lead full and fulfilling lives.

Survivors' Network also have Children's Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (CISVA) who offer information and support to children aged 0-13 years who have experienced rape and sexual assault. They also provide support to the families of the children.




Sussex Young Witness Service
01273 474120
Line opening hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 15:00, Monday to Friday

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
Contact: 0330 333 7416; Helpline: 01903 896202
Safe in Sussex
32 New Road
West Sussex
BN17 5AT
Walk in hours (Closed now)
Drop in centre
Monday to Friday, 09:00am to 15:00pm

Safe in Sussex providers support to victims of domestic abuse in the following ways:

-Amber House, based in Littlehampton and staffed 24/7, providing early intervention community refuge.

- Domestic abuse drop in centre. Access to housing support, legal services, Citizens Advice debt and benefits advice and sexual abuse support.

- 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.

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA)

SCDA works across East Sussex supporting community based projects aimed at addressing the needs of those most vulnerable in the community.

They ensure:

·         User and local community involvement to identify gaps in services and development of new projects to meet community needs

·         They offer a range of integrated and holistic approaches to service delivery for those most vulnerable in our community

·         Continuous quality improvement including  review of individual and community impact

·         Support of effective partnerships between voluntary, statutory and private sectors to address identified community needs

·         Development of sustainable sources of funding including a range of social enterprises.

Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership (SRJP)

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.

Sussex Mental Healthline
0300 5000 101
Line opening hours (Closed now)
17:00 to 09:00, Monday to Friday
24 hours at weekends and on Bank Holidays

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 limited service, if you are in urgent need of help see urgent help in a crisis.

116 123
Line opening hours (Open now)
Always open
Drop in- Search for local branch

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.


STAR East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service
Thrift House, 13 Wellington Place, Hastings, TN34 1NY
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.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust
0207 091 0014
Line opening hours (Closed now)

Suzy Lamplugh Trust was founded by Diana and Paul Lamplugh following the disappearance of their daughter Suzy, a young estate agent, in 1986. Since then, the charity has pioneered personal safety as a life skill and a public policy priority. Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s vision is a society in which people are safer – and feel safer – from violence and aggression; we want people to be able to live life to the full. We work towards this vision through campaigning, education and support.

Streetlight UK
Roffey Place
Old Crawley Road
RH12 4RU

Streetlight UK, provides specialist, support for women involved in prostitution, sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Every woman matters!

Placing a womans dignity and choices at the centre of our service, they provide practical support to those wanting to exit prostitution. They are committed to helping them discover their intrinsic value and worth as individuals and sustain a new life free from sexual exploitation.

Southdown Housing Association
01273 405 800
Line opening hours (Closed now)
09:30 to 17:00, Monday to Thursday
09:30 to 16:30, Friday

Southdown was established in 1972 and is one of the largest not-for-profit specialist providers of care, support and housing services for vulnerable people in Sussex. They support over 8,000 people each year and offer a wide range of innovative services for local communities, including:

- Housing; they are a specialist housing provider and Landlord for over 600 tenants and shared owners across Sussex, providing different types of affordable housing

- Housing Support; they provide housing support services which aim to equip people with the resilience and skills to maintain their tenancy and overcome issues which places them at risk of becoming homeless

- Mental Health Recovery Services; they offer a range of building and community based recovery services across East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, for people who need support to manage their mental health, re-connect with their communities and become involved in the development of mental health services.

- Employment Services; working in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Health in Mind, DWP and RBLI they support people to achieve their aspirations and gain/retain paid employment

- Learning Disability Services; they provide accommodation, care and support for over 220 adults with learning and physical disabilities and are specialists in providing support for people with complex behavioural, communication and health needs

Sussex Elder Abuse Recovery Service

Sussex Elder Abuse Recovery Service supports victims of elder abuse, including scams. Their volunteers are available to talk to and support you in getting back into the community if you have become isolated. They can attend local activities with you and help rebuild your confidence and regain your independence.

They cover West Sussex, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

SCDA- Safe From Harm

Safe from Harm provides 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. They 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.

Safe From Harm works closely with individual and relevant partners, such as Sussex Police and housing providers to ensure that a package of emotional and practical support is available for everyone accessing the service.

The service is:

• Flexible to meet your needs

• Non-judgemental

• Person centred.

Sussex Stalking Support
01273 083647
Line opening hours (Closed now)
09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday

Sussex Stalking Support is devoted to helping victims of stalking and raising awareness of the complex issues surrounding this crime. From peer support sessions to creative therapy groups, they provide ongoing trauma and support work to assist individual recovery.