Other organisations

RISE supports women, families and LGBT people living in Brighton & Hove. If you are a man experience abuse, or live in East or West Sussex and beyond, there is a network of other local and national organisations who can help.

Other organisations

Local services

Domestic abuse and violence in East Sussex

  • cgl (change, grow, live)

Information, advocacy and practical and emotional support to women and men living with domestic abuse and violence.

Telephone: 01323 417598 (Eastbourne , Lewes and Wealden),01424 716629 (Hastings and Rother)

Website: www.changegrowlive.org

  • Refuge

Safe emergency accommodation (refuge) in East Sussex.

Telephone: 0808 2000 247

Website: www.refuge.org.uk

Rape, Sexual Violence and Abuse

  • Survivors’ Network

Help and support for survivors (all genders) of sexual violence, rape and childhood sexual abuse.

Telephone: 01273 203380

Website: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk

  • The Saturn Centre (SARC) Crawley

Services to women and men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Telephone: 01293 600469 (9am – 5pm)

Website: www.saturncentre.org.uk

Other organisations

For police support in a non-emergency ring 101 and ask to be put through to the Police Safeguarding Investigating Unit (SIU).

In an emergency call 999.

The Silent Solution system

The Silent Solution system enables a 999 mobile caller who is too scared to make a noise, or speak, to press 55 when prompted – to inform police they are in a genuine emergency. It can, in extreme situations, potentially save a life.

It is not true that police will automatically attend if you make a silent 999 call. To ensure the call receives a response, callers need to listen and respond to questions and instructions, including by coughing or tapping the handset if possible, or if using a mobile phone, once prompted by the automated Silent Solution system, pressing 55.

The system filters out thousands of accidental or hoax silent 999 calls made daily. Around 50 emergency calls from mobiles a day are transferred by a BT operator to police forces in the UK as a result of someone having pressed 55 when prompted, enabling the police to carry out urgent enquiries to respond.

Other organisations

Substance Misuse

  • Pavilions

Brighton & Hove drug and alcohol support service.

Telephone: 0800 014 9819 (Freephone)

Website: www.pavilions.org.uk

  • STAR

East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service.

Telephone: 0300 303 8160 (Freephone)

Website: www.changegrowlive.org - Search for ‘STAR’

Housing Advice

Contact the housing options service at your local council for free advice and information, including if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Further support is available from:

  • BHT (Brighton & Hove and East Sussex) 01273 645400 (Main Switchboard)

See their website for services in your area: www.bht.org.uk/services

  • Home Works (East Sussex)

Home Works is a free service which provides flexible, tailored support to prevent homelessness in East Sussex.

Telephone: 01273 898700

Website: www.southdownhousing.org


  • Safe:Space Sussex

A-Z of support services for victims of crime in Sussex.

Website: www.safespacesussex.org.uk

  • Victim Support

Support for people affected by crime or traumatic events.

Telephone: 0845 38 99 528

Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk

Other organisations

National services

Domestic abuse and violence

  • National 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline

For women experiencing domestic violence and abuse, their friends, family colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

Telephone: 0808 2000 247(Freephone)

Website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.co.uk

  • National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline

Advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

Telephone: 0800 999 5428 (Freephone)

Website: www.galop.org.uk

Services for men

Men’s Advice Line

Advice and support for heterosexual, gay, bisexual and trans men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Telephone: 0808 801 0327 (Freephone)

Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

  • Respect Phone Line

Confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner.

Telephone: 0808 802 4040 (Freephone)

Website: www.respectphoneline.org.uk

  • Survivors UK

Support for men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault/rape, as well as their partners and carers.

Website: www.survivorsuk.org

  • Safeline

Men’s sexual abuse and rape helpline.

Telephone: 0808 500 5005 (Freephone)

  • Mankind

Support for men who have been sexually abused.

Telephone: 01273 911680

Website: www.mankindcounselling.org.uk

Rape, Sexual Violence and Abuse

  • Rape Crisis England & Wales

National helpline for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and their partners, friends and family.

Telephone: 0808 802 9999 (Freephone)

Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Other services

  • Karma Nirvana

Immediate and on-going support for victims of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

Telephone: 0800 5999 247 (Freephone)

Website: www.karmanirvana.org.uk

  • National Stalking Helpline

Guidance and information to anybody who is currently, or has previously been, affected by harassment or stalking.

Telephone: 0808 802 0300 (Freephone)

Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org

  • Action on Elder Abuse

Information, advice and support to victims and others who are concerned about or have witnessed abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.

Telephone: 0808 808 8141 (Freephone)

Website: www.elderabuse.org.uk