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Domestic Abuse Surgery

Domestic Abuse Surgery

From 22 January 2014, a Domestic Abuse Surgery will be available at the Customer Centre at Hove Town Hall, every Wednesday morning between 9am and 12 noon. Through the Surgery, women and men of all ages will be able to access specialist information and advice. The Surgery is provided by staff from Sussex Police and RISE, the Brighton & Hove domestic abuse service.

The Domestic Abuse Surgery offers people:

  • A private, safe space to talk through their concerns
  • A chance to find out more about the options available to them, including how and where to get help
  • Advice on housing options, finances, substance misuse or mental health issues
  • Information about their partner’s offending history.

Why are we doing this?

Domestic violence and abuse are a major issue, last year nearly 6,000 women experience domestic violence or abuse in Brighton & Hove.
Unfortunately, many people do not access help or support because they are afraid of their former or current partner or don’t believe anyone can help.
The Surgery is another way to let people know that:

  • Domestic violence and abuse are not acceptable
  • Anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse is not to blame
  • They are not alone. Help and Support are available.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can be one incident or a number of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour or violence. There are different kinds of domestic abuse. These include:

  • Emotional or psychological – someone shouting at you or making threats, humiliating or intimidating you or restricting where you can go and who you can see
  • Physical – someone punching, kicking, slapping or stalking you
  • Sexual – someone intimidating or coercing you into performing sexual acts or forcing you to have sex with them
  • Financial – someone denying you access to money, taking your money or preventing you from getting a job.

How will people access the Surgery?
Members of the public are being advised to ask for ‘the surgery’ at reception.
 
Will there be private areas if I or a client wants to have a confidential conversation?
Staff from Sussex Police and RISE will have use of a reserved meeting room every Wednesday.

Where can I find more information?

In the first instance, contact the contact Sussex Police Anti Victimisation Unit, Brighton & Hove Tel: 101. Alternatively, contact the RISE Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01273 622822, the Police Anti-Victimisation Unit by dialling 101 or go to www.safeinthecity.info/getting-help. In an emergency always dial 999.