Brighton and Hove Domestic Abuse Specialist Service

Phone

0300 323 9985

Call the DASS Helpline on 0300 323 9985 Monday-Friday 9-5pm.

Out of hours Supportline

08 08 16 89 111

Get help from your local team

Survivors, professionals, and friends or family of someone experiencing abuse can call the DASS Helpline on 0300 323 9985 Monday-Friday 9-5pm. If we are unable to answer a call immediately then a voicemail function is available, in which we ask that a name, location and reason for the call is left.

Go online

Our free live chat support service is available 24/7.

Create a free account on My Support Space – an online resource containing interactive guides to help you manage the impact that crime has had on you.

The Domestic Abuse Specialist Service (DASS) for Brighton and Hove is provided by Victim Support and has been in operation since April 2021.

We understand that domestic abuse is a difficult subject to talk about and asking for help can be hard, we are here to believe and support all survivors. We know that each person’s situation is different, we can offer a space to discuss your experiences and will help you think about planning your own safe way forward.

Whether you choose to remain in a contact with the abusive person or not, we will provide a non-judgemental space to help you think about what is best for you.

Domestic Abuse can take many forms however, it is always a pattern of abusive behaviours, and these behaviours are not always physical but are always controlling and coercive. Domestic abuse can be carried out by a current or ex-intimate partner, or family members. We can support someone whether they wish to have an ongoing relationship with the perpetrator of abuse or choose to end that relationship.

We support survivors of any gender and our services currently include specialist support for LGBTQ+ as well as for people who experience racism and migrant survivors. We also have specialist support for those accessing the criminal justice system.

We provide advice and information to professionals, as well as to friends, family members or members of the community who are concerned that someone they know may be experiencing abuse. We also provided a dedicated phone line for hospital staff.

IDVA

DASS provides an Independent Domestic Violence Advisory (IDVA) service to survivors at high risk of harm and/or who have been referred to the Brighton and Hove Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). An IDVA will work with a survivor to increase their safety and the safety of their children, reduce their risk and ensure they are linked in with appropriate professional agencies to aid their recovery from abuse.

Specialist support

We provide specialist services for survivors who identify as LGBTQ+ as well as specialist support for those who experience racism and migrant survivors. These services include information, advocacy, recovery-based work and an enhanced awareness of specific risks and barriers to generic support that survivors may experience.

We also provide specialist support for survivors engaged with the criminal justice system who are due to attend trial as a victim of domestic abuse-related crime.

We offer specialist consultancy and advice to local hospital staff for their patients who have experienced domestic abuse to help facilitate personal safety support.

Helpline

Our helpline is available from Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for all survivors and professionals who are seeking advice and information about domestic abuse. A member of the DASS service will offer emotional and practical support, complete further risk assessment where necessary and advise on next steps.

24/7 Support

Anyone who is seeking support for domestic abuse can also contact the 24-hour Supportline provided by Victim Support, which is available 7 days a week. Victim Support provide a 24/7 live chat service, which also provides help and information from a trained supporter.

Call us

  • Survivors, professionals, and friends or family of someone experiencing abuse can call the DASS Helpline on 0300 323 9985 Monday-Friday 9-5pm. If we are unable to answer a call immediately then a voicemail function is available, in which we ask that a name, address and reason for the call is left.

Email us

  • Survivors, professionals, friends and family can refer themselves to DASS by emailing: b&hdass@victimsupport.org.uk. Anyone who self-refers for support must provide their name, location, any details they feel comfortable sharing about their situation, and a safe method for us to contact them and the preferred language, if it is safe to call back with an interpreter.

Refer to us

  • Professionals can refer a client to DASS by emailing b&hdass@victimsupport.org.uk. For all referrals we ask that you include:
  • The client’s name, date of birth and address
  • Confirmation the client has consented to a referral to Victim Support DASS
  • Confirmation there is a safe contact number/email for the client, the preferred language spoken and any accessibility needs.
  • Rationale for the referral (i.e. your client needs safety advice/risk assessment, they would like advice about housing/child contact/accessing criminal justice)
  • Any known risks, history and current concerns.

Please be aware that any clients assessed as high risk of harm must be referred to the Brighton and Hove MARAC in the first instance. For further information on how to do this please visit the Safe in the City website: https://www.safeinthecity.info/marac

Out of hours support