Find out more about training we offer for professionals, and how to refer clients into our service.


If you’re working with a client who you believe is in an abusive relationship, please ask that they self-refer, rather than referring them directly to us via the Portal website here.

You can also call our helpline on 01273 622 828.

Please note that neither of these referral routes is quicker than the other.

If your client is based in East Sussex (outside of Brighton)

RISE is lead partner of the Portal service. Although we can’t support clients outside the Brighton & Hove area, they can contact the Portal on 01273 622 828 or online.

If your client lives in West Sussex

You can contact the following organisations for support:

A directory of local services, organisations and resources that support people in West Sussex who are being abused.

A registered charity offering support to individuals and their families who are affected by domestic abuse in Sussex.


Training for professionals

Domestic Violence & Abuse: The Impact on Children & Young People

We deliver this one-day course through Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). It will help improve your knowledge of the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people and develop greater potential for interagency working.

It will enable you to:

  • Confidently use skills to work with families where domestic abuse is occurring;
  • Understand the knowledge base regarding the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people;
  • Understand interagency developments around domestic abuse;
  • Work more effectively with other agencies.

Click here for dates of upcoming training and to book onto a course.


RISE has co-developed a programme for families where young people are abusive towards their parents or carers.

This abuse can include hitting, name calling, making threats, stealing money or damaging possessions in the home. (Please note – this is not an anger management course.)

Break4Change is delivered in partnership with the Integrated Team for Families (ITF), the Youth Offending Service (YOS), including Youth Crime Prevention and AudioActive.

The 10 week programme consists of a young people’s group and a parents’ group. These two groups run in parallel with each other and include strategies for addressing behaviour. There is also a creative session with AudioActive within the Young People’s group.

You can download a Break4Change referral form here. Once you have filled this in, please email it to [email protected].

If you are interested in receiving training to deliver the Break4Change programme, please contact our Break4Change Coordinator by email on [email protected] or 01273 691 031.

Dates are to be confirmed

Child to parent abuse

Child/Adolescent to parent abuse (APA) is a ‘Pattern of aggressive, abusive and violent acts across a prolonged period of time’.

Parents have reported their children have:

  • Smashed up property
  • Kicked holes in doors
  • Made threats
  • Physically attacked family members

APA ‘creates an environment where parents live in fear of their child and often curtails their own behaviour in order to avoid conflict’.

We offer both a one-day and a half-day basic awareness training, which look at family’s risk factors, categories of abuse and abusive behaviours and the impact of power and control.

The training looks at case studies and strategies you can adopt to support families you are working with.

If you would like more information you can email Jane Griffiths at [email protected] or call 01273 691 031.

Bespoke training

We are happy to put together a bespoke training package for you or your organisation about any aspect of working with clients experiencing domestic abuse and / or domestic abuse awareness. Please contact us on [email protected] and let us know what your needs are.