What We Do & How We Work

Our Objects

To promote and protect the physical and mental health and wellbeing of women, children and their families at risk of harm and disadvantage, including those at risk of domestic abuse in all its forms, in East Sussex and the surrounding area.

Our Mission

Home-Start East Sussex is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse and wider safeguarding issues by providing comprehensive prevention and recovery services. Our mission is to create a society where individuals and families can thrive in safe, healthy, and supportive environments.


Our Commitments:

  1. Prevention: We are committed to raising awareness about domestic abuse, fostering education, and promoting healthy relationship dynamics. Through community outreach programmes, workshops, and advocacy, we aim to prevent the occurrence of domestic abuse and empower individuals living in East Sussex with the knowledge and skills to build respectful relationships.
  2. Intervention: HSES is dedicated to providing effective intervention for those currently experiencing child/adolescent to parent violence and abuse. Our trained professionals offer confidential support, resources, and a safe space for individuals to seek help, empowering them to break free from abusive situations.
  3. Recovery: We believe in the resilience and strength of victim-survivors. We are devoted to assisting victim- survivors in their journey to recovery by offering trauma-informed services to help rebuild their lives. We strive to create a supportive community where survivors can heal and regain control over their futures.
  4. Empowerment: HSES is committed to empowering survivors to reclaim their lives and stand against domestic abuse. Through empowerment programmes such as our Lotus Blossom peer support groups that builds skills and offers ongoing support, we aim to equip victim-survivors with the tools and confidence needed to rebuild their lives, support others and break free from the cycle of abuse.
  5. Advocacy: We advocate for policy changes and systemic reforms to address the root causes of domestic abuse. By engaging with lawmakers and relevant legislative initiatives, we strive to create a society that condemns domestic violence, supports survivors, and promotes healthy relationships.

Together, we envision East Sussex free from domestic abuse, where every individual is treated with respect, dignity, and kindness. Join us in creating a future where love and compassion prevail over violence and fear.


Our Vision

Every home in East Sussex is a haven of safety, respect, and equality. We strive to prevent domestic abuse through education, awareness, and advocacy, fostering a community that values healthy relationships. For those affected by abuse, our vision extends to providing comprehensive support services and resources, including the development of skills, empowering survivors on their journey to recovery and rebuilding their lives. Together, we aspire to break the cycle of domestic abuse, fostering a future where no one lives in fear, and every individual has the opportunity to thrive in a violence-free home.


P seems much more positive and has been attending a parenting course. Both Children seem much more secure.

Family Outreach Service

A Trauma-Informed Approach

The services we offer are designed to reduce adversity and trauma, and promote wellbeing and recovery.

We are aware of the impact that difficult and challenging experiences have, and how they can have a traumatic impact on all family members, both adults and children.

We aim to ensure we are accessible and take this into consideration by using what is known as a ‘trauma informed approach’. Within this, we:

  • understand that you are the expert in your own life
  • understand that in particular, if you are a victim of domestic abuse, you may have experienced additional trauma (from other services, courts, etc.).  From initial contact ee  will ensure that you know that we believe you
  • work to identify and respond to individual risk
  • ensure our services are strength-based and person-centred
  • ensure our services encourage, empower, building your confidence, resilience and hope
  • include formal and informal time and space for you to  develop supportive relationships with others with shared experiences. Our formal groups include informal time to talk one-to-one to staff
  • continually reflect on our practice.  We will ask you what we are doing well and how we can improve in order to improve our services
  • have clear pathways to specialist services which we can refer/signpost you to
  • invite ex-service users to attend our Service Steering Groups to give their valuable perspective, acting as a critical friend and providing challenge and scrutiny

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