Domestic Violence & Abuse

  • Civil Legal Advice

    Civil Legal Advice is a government-run service offering free legal advice to people who are eligible for Legal Aid. You can get guidance on whether you might be eligible for Legal Aid here:

    CLA offers help for problems including:

    • debt, if your home is at risk
    • housing
    • domestic abuse
    • family issues, eg family mediation or if your child’s being taken into care
    • special educational needs
    • discrimination
    • issues around a child being taken into care

    They offer a free translation service if English isn’t your first language, and you can book a British Sign Language interpreter if you’re deaf or hard of hearing.

    You can find out how much calls cost here:, and you can request a call back by texting ‘legalaid’ and your name to 80010 (this costs the same as a normal text message).

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  • Domestic Violence Helpline

    The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline for women. Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Provides translation facilities for callers whose first language is not English and a service for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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  • Gateway – A centre for Women

    Gateway Women’s centre at Off The Fence is a service for women experiencing periods of difficulty, abuse, isolation and loneliness.

    The Centre offers services that include a warm and caring drop in centre where the women can talk confidentially to trained staff, they come and learn new skills in various workshops and also receive help and support in both practical and emotional areas of their lives.

    Gateway aims to:

    • Offer a safe environment
    • offer emotional support
    • Listen and not judge
    • enable change
    • Be client led, without an agenda
    • Provide relevant support for each individual

    They offer:

    • Drop in service
    • Workshops
    • Befriending

    I have been unable to get out for a while, Project Gateway have offered me a life-line. They come and visit and take me out every couple of weeks – helps me feel part of the world again.

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  • HOPE

    Help, Open, Protect & Empower (HOPE) BME Women and Girls

    HOPE is a multi-lingual group of Black and Minority Ethnic women who are trained to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse among women in BME communities across Sussex. They offer facilitated sessions to community groups.

    • Help raise awareness and educate BME women/girls.
    • Open to promoting joint approaches to the issues of violence against women and girls and help in the formulation of interagency responses to the various forms of abuse and violence.
    • Protect BME women and girls who are victims/survivors of violence against women and girls by providing help, advice, support and information on national and local available services with the aim of breaking the barriers which result in BME women being excluded.
    • Empower BME women and girls who have been affected by violence and abuse by providing capacity building, training and development which will enable them to become more than just survivors.

    Drop-in service
    A weekly Drop-in service takes place every Monday of the week except bank holidays, from 12-2pm at the BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN2 9YN.
    The Drop-in is a safe, welcoming and informal space for women and girls above the age of 16 years who can have access to support, information, draw on strength and share knowledge with other women. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided

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  • Mankind

    Mankind is a support and resource service for men who have been sexually abused, sexually assaulted and/or raped. Offers one on one counselling for men who have been sexually abused, and for partners, family, and friends of men who have been sexually abused; couple counselling; and therapeutic groups. Resources include an extensive library of books, DVDs, and research papers.

    Counselling is provided on a donation basis – clients discuss with their counsellor and agree a donation amount on a weekly basis, usually between £1-£40, or no charge if clients are out of work and/or cannot afford it.

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  • Men’s Advice Line

    Men’s Advice Line offer advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence, with information online, as well as a freephone number, e-mail and online chat.

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    NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. NAPAC runs a helpline for anyone over the age of 18 who was abused in childhood, regardless of gender. They can also be contacted by e-mail. Their website contains information on self-help techniques, as well as the legal process for prosecuting abusers, and some information on legal rights.

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  • NHS Self Help Booklets: Abuse

    Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England. It provides several self help guides available in A5, large print, easy read and a small text versions. You can also listen to / download MP3 copies of the guides. They have booklets on many topics including: Abuse, Domestic Violence.

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  • Rape Crisis England & Wales

    National organisation which acts as a voice for female survivors of sexual violence and abuse by providing referrals, support to local groups, advice and information, a newsletter, research into sexual violence, training and campaigning

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  • Refuge / Women’s Aid Partnership

    The free-phone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

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