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Domestic Violence Support

Experiencing Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence can happen to anyone and it is never acceptable. 

If you are experiencing domestic violence you can get help to make it stop. The attached information booklet gives lots of very useful information about how you can get help.

If you need to flee your home you can contact us at any time of the day or night. An officer can talk to you about your housing needs and we may be able to help by finding you accommodation.



Refuge Outreach Support Service may be able to provide support, which will ensure you have someone to talk to, together with practical advice and assistance when you need it.

Sanctuary Scheme

The scheme aims to make it possible for victims to remain in their homes and feel safe, and provides an alternative to relocation away from family and friends, vital support networks and key services. This is done through the installation of enhanced security measures in a victim’s property.


The Sanctuary Scheme is available to:

  • A resident lives within the boundary of Eastbourne Borough Council who is the victim of domestic abuse, physical violence or hate crimes
  • women or men, with or without children
  • people who own or rent their home. However, where the victim is renting the property the landlord’s written consent for the work to be carried out is needed
  • where the perpetrator of the violence does not live in the home
  • clients where the council is satisfied that the victim is threatened with homelessness due to domestic violence or hate crime
  • clients wishing to remain in their home who understand the implications of doing so and does not allow perpetrator back into the property

Referral process

A referral can be made by a statutory or voluntary agency, the victim, or a friend or family member on their behalf. All referrals will go to our Neighbourhood Casework Team to check that the client is eligible for the scheme.

Sanctuary Housing Referral Application Form

To make a referral to the Sanctuary Housing Scheme, please complete the form below and send it back to

Or in person to: 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TW 

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