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
Based in Hastings and Rother. Provide information and a listening service to the LGBT community through the helpline. Support, and assistance with the reporting process, are provided for individuals who report homophobic hate incidents and this service allows individuals to remain anonymous in their reports.
Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for community, support or information. They connect people and support them directly through specially developed Switchboard services or link them to other specialist organisations.
The trans survivors helpline provides support and information to trans and/or non-binary people. Operated by trans and/or non-binary volunteers; you can talk to them confidentially about anything that’s on your mind. They talk to people about a range of things, specialising on those who have experienced crime, including sexual violence at any point in their life. Trans Survivors is available Sun 1-5pm on 01273 204050
The Brighton and Hove Restorative Justice (RJ) hub is part of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership and provides RJ services for Brighton & Hove residents.
We are the only national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background. We provide advice and consultancy, promote health and wellbeing, work on research and policy, deliver training and much more.
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.
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
• Person centred.
The Mental Health Foundation have a variety of online resources to help you, including a range of free, downloadable leaflets.
Based in Bexhill the East Restorative Justice (RJ) hub is part of the Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership and provides access to RJ services for East Sussex residents.
Action on Elder Abuse is a UK wide charity focusing exclusively on the issue of elder abuse. They run a free and confidential Helpline for victims and those at risk, providing both emotional and practical support. It is also available for concerned relatives, friends and professionals.
SCDA works across East Sussex supporting community based projects aimed at addressing the needs of those most vulnerable in the community.
· 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.
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.
InterAct helps people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions who have been victims or witnesses to crimes. Our specialist advocates can support you through the criminal justice system, ensuring that you understand the proceedings and are able make your voice heard. We also support people to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime in the first place. The criminal justice system can be extremely difficult and intimidating to navigate, so by providing people with a trained advocate we are able to ensure they are listened to and heard.
Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims, but their friends, family and any other people involved. Because we're an independent charity, you can talk to us whether or not you reported the crime to the police. We can help you find the strength to deal with what you've been through.
Covering the whole of West Sussex, Victim Support also have a Hate Incident Support Service. This is a third party reporting centre & work to support victims of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents by providing emotional and practical support. We take Self Referrals, Agency Referrals and Referrals from the Police.
The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We also offer telephone and letter friendship schemes where we match volunteers with older people based on their interests; facilitated group calls; and help to connect people with local services in their area. Our specially-trained helpline team:
- Offer information, friendship and advice.
- Link callers to local groups and services.
- Offer regular friendship calls.
- Protect and support older people who are suffering abuse and neglect
Possability People is a charity providing services in Brighton, Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex. They believe in making more things possible for you in your life, no matter what your situation is.
The advice team is a highly experienced group of experts with a wealth of knowledge about the allowances and benefits you might be entitled to.The benefits system can feel difficult and stressful, Possability People can help explain what benefits might be available to you, talk you through the claims process and help you fill in the necessary paperwork.
They can offer information about money, housing, how to deal with debt, holidays or local groups and services in the community.
Brighton Women's Centre has been supported women in Brighton and Hove for over 40 years and women across Sussex since 2014. Their aim is to empower women and reduce inequality by promoting independence in safe, women only spaces.
BWC welcome all women, regardless of age, disability, marital status, parenthood, race, belief, gender and sexuality.
Services include: drop-in sessions, Toybox (OFSTED rated outstanding) crèche, foodback (by appointment), holistic therapies and self-improvement courses. BWC provide support for women involved with the Criminal Justice System through their Inspire Project.
Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We believe in a world where everyone can love later life and we work every day to achieve this.
We help millions of people to know their rights and make the best choices for later life. We put people in control of the care they receive, while sharing best practice to improve services. We tackle loneliness, get older people active, and support people to stay independent for longer
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where we help two or more people involved in a dispute to understand each other and to recognise that they can find their own resolutions to conflicts. Mediation can help with disputes between neighbours or local community groups, within families, in school, or in social care or supported living environments. Our Time2Talk service offers mediation to young people and family members of different generations who are experiencing relationship difficulties. Our service supports children and young people aged 9 to 19 and their families or carers across Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes. Our trained and accredited mediators help you to identify needs, clarify issues, explore solutions and negotiate agreements. Our mediators act as facilitators, helping people to work out a solution that is realistic, practical and workable. The decision making rests with the parties involved and the mediation process is entirely voluntary.
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
It is not okay to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence.
Hate crime is a serious offence, and can often be targeted against the most vulnerable people. Survivors of hate crime may also be more likely to experience repeat victimisation. Reporting the crime can help stop it happening to you and to others.
You don't have to be the victim of a hate crime to report it. You can report something you have seen happening to someone else, or report it on someone else's behalf if they don't want to.
You can find out about how to report here.
Many victims feel unable to tell anyone what is happening to them and as a result suffer in silence. They may live in fear or accept what is happening to them as part of everyday life.
Hate crime can affect mental and physical health, as well as a loss of personal freedom or feelings of safety. You can get practical and emotional support to help with these feelings from many of the services listed on this website.
Hate crime is when a person is targeted because of who they are or who the perpetrator thinks they are. Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.
If it is an emergency you can call the Police on 999. If it is not urgent, you can call the Police on 101 or report online here.
If you do not want to report directly to the Police, there are various other places you can report online such as:
You can also report if you are a witness or on behalf of someone else.