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 Domestic Abuse Community Action Network

This small group of women have experienced domestic abuse and want:

  • services to know how to best help when people are experiencing abuse
  • young people to know how to avoid getting into abusive relationships through the group's experiences
  • an end to domestic abuse.

The group meets regularly at various friendly, informal venues across West Sussex for a couple of hours every six weeks or so. People say they feel very well supported in this group and find the peer support invaluable.

Find out more

Contact us if you would like to come along to one of our meetings. If there are any barriers to you attending, such as lack of childcare or transport, or simply fear, we will work with you to find a solution.

4 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.

5 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.

6 ManKind Initiative

ManKind Initiative provides support and information for male victims of domestic abuse.

Opening times

  • Monday-Friday, 10.00am-4.00pm

7 Safe in Sussex

Safe in Sussex provides an escape route from violence and the chance to seek alternatives to a life of isolation, fear and danger. As well as refuge accommodation it provides group work programmes - the 'Freedom Programme' and 'Meaningful Relationships'.

Last updated:
27 May 2020
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