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Health Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service

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The Health Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service is a free and confidential domestic abuse service for adults and young people aged 16 or over in East Sussex.

We support victims of domestic abuse and violence (including sexual violence, honour based violence, FGM, forced marriage and stalking) by intimate partners (including ex partners) or family members.

The service operates in partnership with health professionals based at GP Surgeries in Hastings and Rother, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, as well as Conquest Hospital in Hastings, to ensure that specialist support can be given to patients who disclose that they are experiencing or have recently experienced domestic violence or abuse.

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We always welcome new clients, so please get in touch if you are interested in getting help from the service or you’d just like to ask some questions. Feel free to bring someone with you on your first visit.

We are based in Hastings and Eastbourne and open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can call us on 07741 328 343 (Hastings) or 07741 328 342 (Eastbourne) or email us on


Referrals are simple and the HIDVA service will contact a patient within 48 hours of receipt (Monday to Friday - during office hours) to offer a comprehensive assessment (including safety planning), brief advice and access to longer term support if required. The HIDVA service will also signpost to specialist services to ensure comprehensive support is provided.

If you would like to refer yourself or someone else to the service you can call or email us.

We provide:   

Domestic violence and abuse support
Sexual violence support
Support for victims of forced marriage, FGM stalking and honour based violence
Safety planning
Specialist support for LGBT and BME communities
Signposting and referral to appropriate specialist services
Support through the criminal justice system (including courts)

Can’t make your appointment?

It’s really important that you let us know. Ideally please call us on 07741 328 343. You can also email to let us know on

What do our service users say about us?

" I don't know what I would have done without you" 

HIDVA service user

Please call the contact numbers for advice on how to find this service.

07741 328 343 (Hastings)

07741 328 342 (Eastbourne)

Monday: 9am-5pm

Tuesday:  9am-5pm

Wednesday: 9am-5pm

Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Friday: 9am - 5pm

Open access:

Thursday: 1pm - 3pm