RISE leads New Abuse Charity Partnership

RISE, together with Sussex abuse charities, Survivors Network and CRI, has won a tender to deliver domestic and sexual violence services across East Sussex.

This is an endorsement of past achievement and the great strides made locally with developing innovative, national award winning, services and raising awareness of violence against women and girls.

“RISE and our partners are very pleased and excited to be working together to deliver what we believe will be a transformational seamless service for survivors of domestic and sexual violence across county borders. We see this as a mutually beneficial partnership with each other and both local authorities with the partnership providing match funding through our own fundraising initiatives. Survivors across the region will be the winners as we roll out a service model that is based on their needs and safety.” – Gail Gray, RISE CEO

“We’re delighted to be working with RISE and CRI to support survivors across the two local authority areas and are looking forward to continuing and developing our partnerships with other agencies so that we can all reduce sexual and domestic violence and its impact on the lives of survivors.” - Fabia Bates, Survivors’ Network Director

“CRI is delighted to join the partnership to deliver Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse services across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. CRI already run a number of similar services in the UK that are informed by our sector-leading safeguarding and governance procedures. This new project will ensure service users are fully supported from the point of first contact, helping them access a sustainable place of safety for themselves and their families. We look forward to working with our new partners to support the health and wellbeing of the community.” Mark Moody, Executive Director – Health and Social Care

For more information please contact Naomi Bos, RISE Communications Officer on 0751 502 7094 or 01273 911214 

About the Partnership

RISE (Refuge, Information, Support, Education) 

RISE services include crisis accommodation, helpline, counselling, support groups, legal and housing advice and children’s services.

RISE operates the only, local, domestic abuse Helpline. Annually the Helpline handles over 4000 calls.

The RISE Brighton & Hove Refuge is unique in taking high risk clients including those suffering from mental health or substance misuse problems – clients many refuges are not equipped to accept.

The RISE West Sussex Refuge has specially adapted accommodation for clients with physical disabilities.

In 2013/14 RISE offered help and hope to over 1800 families.

Survivors Network

Founded in 1990, Survivors' Network is a registered charity that aims to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors' lives. Survivors’ Network services include Counselling, a Helpline, a Drop-in, Groupwork and an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service.

During 2014-2015 Survivors’ Network supported 976 women, men, girls and boys.
Survivors’ Network is a member of Survivors Trust, a fully accredited member of Rape Crisis England and Wales and is the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex.

CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service

CRI are a leading charity providing treatment and support to over 60,000 vulnerable people in England and Wales every day. CRI champion people who have faced hardships like abuse, homelessness and addiction, and empower them to lead the lives they want, on their terms.

CRI provides information, advocacy and practical and emotional support to women, men and children living with domestic abuse and violence and has been working in the East Sussex area since 2000.

CRI's Community Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Service (IDVAs) give practical and emotional support. The service also offers a specialist therapeutic service for children and young people.

About Domestic Violence and Abuse

In any one year, there are 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence against women from partners or former partners. (Walby and Allen, 2004)

Women are at greatest risk of homicide at the point of separation or after leaving a violent partner. (Lees, 2000).

2 women every week are killed by their partner or former partner. This accounts for 40% of all female homicide victims. (Povey (Ed).2005;Home Office 1999. Department of Health 2005)

Police receive on call a minute for assistance at a domestic abuse related incident – around 1300 calls every day. (Stanko 2000)

In 75-90 percent of cases children are in the same or next room when violence occurs. (Hughes 1992. Abrahams 1994)

54% of UK rapes are committed by a woman’s current or former partner. (Walby and Allen, 2004)

In a study by Shelter, 40% of all homeless women stated that domestic violence was a contributor to their homelessness. Domestic violence was found to be “the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless”
(Cramer and Carter, 2002).

About Sexual Violence and Abuse

Approximately 85,000 women are raped on average in England and Wales every year. Over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted each year.

In 2013-2014 there were 412 reported rapes in Sussex. Using the accepted principle that up to 90% of sexual violence is not reported to the police we can estimate that there were over 4000 rapes across the county. "An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales". Home Office & Ministry of Justice.
1 in 5 women (aged 16 - 59) has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.