There is also a list of other support and resources available on the county council’s website for victims of domestic abuse and friends and family members who may want to help, but don’t know how. These include:
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure that any victim of domestic abuse doesn’t feel like they have to go through their situation alone. There is help out there and the WORTH team are dedicated to do whatever they can to help those individuals get out of their abusive situations in a safe manner.
“It is also really important to remember that domestic abuse doesn’t see gender, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It can happen to anyone at any time and in these strange times that we find ourselves in, I want to say loud and clear that there is #NoExcuseForAbuse.”
A male survivor of domestic abuse, who received support from WORTH services, said: “Domestic abuse happens to men – I know because it happened to me. The first person I spoke to at WORTH was a man and that actually helped me to feel less awkward about the situation, I was believed. Men need to know that if they are going through domestic abuse, they can get help and that there is nothing to feel embarrassed about.”
If you or someone you know needs any help or support, you can visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/domesticabuse
or call the WORTH Domestic Abuse Service directly.