Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse What is domestic abuse?

This is when one person is violent or abusive to another person and can happen to anyone of any age. Abusive behaviour can be verbal such as insults, sexual such as forced sex, emotional such as stopping you from seeing family or friends, or financial such as stopping you from working and not giving you money and other unacceptable behaviour such as stalking.    

Some facts

  • 25% of all violent crime is domestic abuse.
  • 1 in 4 women will experience it.
  • 1 in 11 men will experience it.

How can I get help?

If you or someone close to you is suffering from domestic violence there is help available.

  • if you are in danger call 999.
  • call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit the National Domestic Violence Helpline website
    • call Rise a charity offering help to victims on 01273 622 822 or visit the Rise website
    • WORTH IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) has teams of specially trained advisors providing individual response and support to victims of abuse who are at risk. See the Worth website or contact 07834 968539 (9 am to 5 pm).
  • Stonham provides housing related support to victims of abuse to enable them to be "safe at home" or enable victims to secure a safe home. See the Stonham Outreach Service leaflet for further information. Contact details are tel: 01903 205111 x 85429 or email   
  • Broken Rainbow helps people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community offering confidential support call the Helpline on 0300 999 4528 or visit the broken rainbow website
  • Refuge is a charity working with people suffering from domestic abuse. See the Refuge website where you can find out about safe houses.
  • Women’s aid is a charity working with people who are suffering from domestic abuse visit the Women's aid website to find out more.
  • The Hide Out is a safe website for children who are living in a family where domestic abuse is going on, visit the Hideout website.
  • The National Centre for Domestic Violence provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. Their service allows anyone to apply for an injunction within 24 hours of first contact (in most circumstances). Visit National Centre for Domestic Violence website for more information.
  • The Freedom Programme is a FREE twelve week rolling programme open to women who wants to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse. For further information please contact 01903 231069 or email


Mid Sussex District Council Community Safety Team
Telephone: 01444 477489 or 01444 477550