A new website and freephone number for anyone affected by domestic or sexual abuse in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford has been launched.
A partnership of three leading Sussex abuse charities with over 60 years’ track record, The Portal service will make it simpler to find the right help.
The website offers a choice of options, including advice for friends and family and a referral pathway for professionals.
The three partner charities are RISE, CRI and the Survivors’ Network.
RISE CEO, Gail Gray said, “Along with safe, women only, support, The Portal also offers specialist help to LGB&T people, heterosexual men and members of the BME community.
“The Portal partners, RISE, CRI and Survivors Network, are committed to improving services and giving survivors support. The Portal will be instrumental in this.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said, “Simplifying the access to specialist domestic and sexual violence support services is crucial to increasing support to victims.
“As PCC I have responsibility for commissioning local victims’ services which is why I am delighted to be an Associate Commissioner to this important contract, which demonstrates how working together can strengthen the capacity of local services so that they can respond more effectively to meet the needs of victims.”
If you’ve been affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence contact The Portal.
Visit the website www.theportal.org.uk , call Freephone 0300 393 9985 or follow The Portal on Twitter @sussexportal
More information on the charities involved:
• RISE is a national award winning domestic abuse charity providing sanctuary and support in Sussex since 1994. RISE is the lead partner. www.riseuk.org.uk
• CRI provides information, advocacy and practical and emotional support to women, men and children living with domestic abuse and violence in the East Sussex area. www.cri.org.uk
• Survivors’ Network was established in 1990 and offers a range of professional, relevant, services to survivors of any gender who have experienced any form of sexual violence. www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
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