Housing advice if you're experiencing domestic violence or abuse
What is domestic violence and abuse?
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members. It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
- physical violence
- controlling behaviour
- sexual abuse
- being prevented from seeing friends and family
- financial abuse and control
- emotional abuse
How to get help
You can report domestic violence or abuse to the police online, in person by visiting a station or by calling 101.
Always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger. If it's not safe for you to speak you can then press 55 (only on mobile phones) to be transferred to your local police force.
If you aren't safe in your home because of violence or abuse, or are concerned that someone you know is at risk, there is support available:
- The National Domestic Abuse Helpline:
Freephone, 24-hour service available to women experiencing domestic violence
See: National Domestic Abuse Helpline website
- Safe in Sussex:
Helpline available: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 3pm
See: Safe in Sussex website
- WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service (WSCC):
Specialist advisors available: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm
See: WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service website
- Respect - Men's Advice Line:
Freephone and email support for male victims of domestic violence
See: Respect Men's Advice Line website
Other useful sites:
- Refuge website - for women and children victims of domestic abuse and violence
- Women's Aid website
- Mankind website - for male victims of domestic abuse and violence
- Domestic abuse information - on the WSCC website
If you think you need to leave your home or have been made homeless because of domestic abuse you can contact us for help and advice.
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Look for help safely
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Page last updated: 30 December 2022