LOCAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE BEING ABUSED
Below are contact details of local groups who are able to offer support and guidance for people who have or are still experiencing domestic abuse
WORTH SPECIALIST DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICE
Supports people at high risk of harm or homicide as a result of domestic abuse.
Contact: Email: DomesticAbuseServicesCentral@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 07834 968539 or 03302 228181
Specialist advisors are available Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.
DOMESTIC ABUSE COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK
This small group of women have experienced domestic abuse and want services to know how to best help when people are experiencing abuse: young people to know how to avoid getting into abusive relationships through the groups experiences and an end to domestic abuse.
The group meets regularly at various friendly, informal venues across West Sussex for a couple of hours every 6 weeks or so. People say they feel very well supported in this group and find the peer support invaluable.
To find out more, contact us if you would like to come along to one of our meetings. If there are any barriers to you attending, such as lack of childcare or transport or simply fear, we will work with you to find a solution.
Contact: DomesticAbuseServicesCentral@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 03302 228181
THE SATURN CENTRE (SARC)
The Saturn Centre SARC (sexual assault referral centre) is based at Crawley Hospital and provides a range of services to women and men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
It is open for pan-Sussex referrals 24/7. There is a crisis worker present to support the victim at each referral and a forensic medical examiner on hand to collect the forensic evidence swiftly and effectively.
SARC will link you into and provide ongoing support all the way through the criminal justice system and beyond. You will also be linked into the free counselling available when appropriate.
The Saturn Centre also takes self-referrals between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. This means that anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted can get assistance and support without going to the police.
Contact: SARC (24 hour answerphone) 01293 600469
Victim Support is the independent national charity for all victims and witnesses across England and Wales. It provides free confidential support and information to help victims and witnesses overcome the effects of crime.
It offers: emotional support, practical help, signposting to other relevant agencies, help in completing criminal injuries claims resulting from crime.
Contact: South East Helpline: 0845 389 9528 - calls will cost 4p per minute plus your phone company's access charge
Mankind Initiative provides support and information for male victims of domestic abuse. Opening times: Monday-Friday 10.00am-4.00pm.
Tel: 01823 334244 Website: http://www.mankind.org.uk/
SAFE IN SUSSEX
Safe in Sussex provides an escape route from violence and a chance to seek alternatives to a life of isolation, fear and danger. As well as refuge accommodation it provides group work programmes: The Freedom Programme and Meaningful Relationships.
Contact: 01903 231939 (9.30am-4.00pm) Website: http://www.safeinsussex.org/
Sussex Police has specialist units dedicated to tackling domestic abuse.
Contact: 999 or dial non-emergency number 101 to report a crime or incident. Website: http://www.sussex.police.uk/
ARE YOU A CARER
Do you care for a family member or friend on a regular basis?
Are you getting the help and support you need?
Are they getting the help and support they need?
Ann our Care Co-ordinator at Cowfold Surgery is here to help our GPs support those patients who want to live at home and need help accessing support in the community. To help carers and get them the help they need and deserve.
We will be running regular clinics to give you the chance to discuss on a one to one basis or as a couple or family group your worries and concerns and help you get the support you need.
DATE OF NEXT CARER CLINIC WITH ANN WILL BE (to be confirmed) 2020 14.00-17.00
Ask at Reception for more information or call us on 01403 864204 to make an appointment.
PLEASE NOTE THE SURGERY WILL BE CLOSED ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 25TH MAY. PLEASE CONTACT NHS 111 FOR EMERGENCIES.