Violence and abuse

Violence and abuse is something terrible we would never want for ourselves or anyone else, but it still happens everyday across the country. If you, or someone you know, needs help here is where to look.

One in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and between 1 in 8 and 1 in 10 women experience it annually.

Domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour.

The vast majority of the victims of domestic violence are women and children.  Domestic violence can also occur in a range of relationships including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and also within extended families.

For more information download the Survivors Handbook here. Survivors-Handbook

If you or a friend need help contact the freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline.

CALL: 0808 2000 247

You can also email Please note: the Helpline cannot respond to emails by telephone as safety may be compromised. If you wish to speak to somebody, please call the number above.

For more information, visit the Women’s Aid website or Lewes and Eastbourne council page, including a sanctuary referral form.