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.
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.
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.
The Mental Health Foundation have a variety of online resources to help you, including a range of free, downloadable leaflets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Release Counselling and Therapy for Women is a community counselling project, set up in January 2013, to provide affordable counselling for women in Brighton & Hove, experiencing any mental health distress.
At Release we are passionate about supporting women in taking steps to overcome whatever life has thrown at you. Whether you are looking for individual counselling, or group support- please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Time to Talk is a friendly and approachable service offering talking therapies to people who are struggling with; Stress, Worry and General Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Health Anxiety, Post Natal Depression, Low Self Esteem or Low Confidence, Relationship difficulties or Bereavement and Reactions to Loss.
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.
Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender? Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard offers a telephone helpline each evening, from 5-9pm on weekdays and 5-7pm weekends. Call 01273 204050 and speak to a trained volunteer, to receive information and support. You can also email us or use the online chat facility via our website. We can report a hate crime for you if you want us to. We also offer face to face counselling - call the helpline for details.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
We aim to support a population of vulnerable women who are characterised by a range of issues including histories of physical , emotional and sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, and mental health problems.
We also support women who may be having a difficult time at one point in their lives – a recent loss such as bereavement, suffering poverty from unemployment, relationship breakdown, a victim of crime, accident or illness/disability.
We offer practical, emotional, and therapeutic support to clients in tailor-made interventions that aim to address a range of underlying issues.
Brighton Oasis Project (BOP) is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart of Brighton. We exist to support and empower women who have difficulties with drink or drugs to make positive changes in their lives.
We also provide services for children and young people who have been affected by problematic drug or alcohol use in their family and have the Sex Workers’ Outreach Project Sussex (SWOP). SWOP Sussex is a discreet and confidential service for women, including trans women, working in the sex industry. You can access our service if you live or work in Sussex. We understand the many different reasons that women work in the sex industry. We will not assume you want to give up sex work or make any judgements about your situation and your choices.
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.
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.
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Are you a carer?
Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without your help?
If you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems, you are a carer. You might feel that you’re doing what anyone else would in your situation; looking after your mum, son, or best friend and just getting on with it.
Care for the Carers is here to support you in your caring role.
Care for the Carers is an independent charity and we have been supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989.
Our team of staff and volunteers can provide free practical & emotional advice – face to face, by telephone, or online. We can put you in touch with other carers, and offer a range of groups, training and events across the county.
You can report hate crime online if you do not want to report directly to the Police. You can also report if you are a witness or calling on behalf of someone else. You can report a crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Young people can report anonymously online at Fearless
Call 999 if you're reporting a crime that's in progress or if someone is in immediate danger. If the crime isn't an emergency, call 101 or contact your local policing team
For anti-muslim hate crime you can also report to Tell Mama
You can also use the Self Evident app to report directly to police after experiencing a hate crime, or as a witness. You can also the app to find help and support following a hate crime. Download it for iPhone and Android
Many victims feel unwilling or 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.
Individual reactions to hate crime differ depending on your culture, age, gender and life experiences.
Hate crime can affect mental or 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.
Victims of hate crime are often 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.
Keep a diary of events, stay alert, be confident. Trust your instincts - if you think something is wrong, feel able to do something about it by telling someone.
You can also use the Self Evident app to capture, video, audio, photographic and written information. You can store the information to use at a later date, or you can use the app to report it to the Police immediately. The app also gives you access to help and support. You can download it for iPhone and Android.