Local support for people being abused

Find local services that support people who are being abused.

1 WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service

WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service supports people at high risk of harm or homicide as a result of domestic abuse. 

They have teams of IDVAs (independent domestic violence advisors) across West Sussex who work to identify, assess and assist people at risk. If you would like support, or to refer someone for support, use our referral form or the contact details below.

Tell us what you think

If you have contacted WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service, we would value your feedback about how we and partner agencies, including Sussex Police, worked together to support you. Tell us about your experience, such as whether you felt supported and listened to.

Complete our online survey by yourself or with your family support domestic abuse worker. Your response will be completely anonymous and confidential.

Supporting documents

Below are versions of the same leaflet, In your relationship why are you afraid?, for you to download in a language you understand.

2 Sussex Police

Sussex Police has specialist units dedicated to tackling domestic abuse.

Or, dial the non-emergency number to report a crime or incident.

Additional information

3 The Saturn Centre (SARC)

The Saturn Centre SARC (sexual assault referral centre), based at Crawley Hospital, provides a range of services to women and men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

It is open for pan-Sussex police referrals 24/7. There is a crisis worker present to support the victim at each referral and a forensic medical examiner on hand to collect the forensic evidence swiftly and effectively.

SARC will link you into, and provide, ongoing support all the way through the criminal justice system, and beyond. You will also be linked into the free counselling available when appropriate.

The Saturn Centre also takes self-referrals between 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday. This means that anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted can get assistance and support without going to the police.

4 Victim Support

Victim Support is the independent national charity for all victims and witnesses across England and Wales.

It provides free, confidential support and information to help victims and witnesses overcome the effects of crime.

It offers:

  • emotional support
  • practical help
  • signposting to other relevant agencies
  • help in completing criminal injuries claims resulting from crime.

5 Men's advice line

Men's advice line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them, offering advice, emotional support and signposting to men who experience abuse.

Opening times

  • Monday-Friday, 9.00am-8.00pm
Last updated:
4 August 2020
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