Addiction, Health, Behaviour Change | CGL

The Portal - Hastings, East Sussex

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The Portal is a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities led by RISE and including Survivors’ Network and Change Grow Live. The Portal provides a single point of contact for victims and survivors of domestic or sexual abuse and violence, helping them to find the right help, advice and support. The Portal can also give advice and support to friends, families and professionals.

Change Grow Live (CGL) provides information, advocacy and practical and emotional support to women and men living with domestic abuse and violence in the East Sussex area.

Change Grow Live's Community Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Service (IDVAs) provides practical and emotional support to women and men.

Domestic abuse can describe a range of behaviours used by one person to control and dominate another person with whom they have had, or are in a close, intimate or family relationship. It may include abuse of men or women by their partner or ex-partners (including same sex relationships) or one family member to another. It can can affect anyone regardless of age, class, culture, race, religion, sexuality, gender, disability or diversity. It can be physical and sexual violence, intimidation, financial, psychological or emotional abuse.

What we do

We help victims find out what their options are, including:

  • housing
  • safety and legal issues
  • guidance through the court process

We also put victims in touch with other organisations that may be able to address their concerns, including refuge accommodation and sanctuary schemes. Our aim is to support people in making informed choices.

The service provides one-to-one support and individual risk and needs assessments to enable medium and high risk victims of domestic abuse to find the best support for their circumstances. Change Grow Live operates safeguarding policies, which are implemented where a person and/or their dependants are thought to be at high risk of continued abuse and further violence. This includes a referral to statutory services and a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), to discuss the best possible action for their circumstances and concerns.

We will not pressurise clients to take action but guide them through the process, enabling them to make an informed choice. They may first want to talk things through with someone who is unbiased and who will not make judgements. Should they want to pursue a prosecution, we can support them to report the incident as well as explain the court process and arrange a pre-court visit.

Next steps

If you’ve been affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence in Brighton & Hove, or East Sussex, get in touch to find out more about the help, advice and support available.

Please visit The Portal website.

Telephone: Freephone 0300 323 9985


For professionals

To find out more about how The Portal can support professionals, go to and click on the professionals tab.

You can also order printed materials about The Portal for distribution in your service or team.  


Monday to Friday from 9 to 5