About domestic violence in Hastings
Less than 40% of domestic violence crimes are reported in the UK. In Hastings between 2009 and 2010, there were 1,988 reports made to the police and in 47% of these cases, this was not the first time the victim had experienced domestic abuse. Hastings makes up one third of all reported incidents in East Sussex.
Report domestic violence in Hastings
If you are worried about someone knowing that you have visited this website, find out how to hide your visit.
- In an emergency always call 999
- Sussex Police Non-Emergency Number: 0845 6070 999
- Crimestoppers (passing on information about a crime anonymously): 0800 555 111
- Hastings Police Domestic Violence Unit: 01424 456143
Hiding your visit to this website
An abuser may be able to discover what sites you have visited on the Internet or to read your email.
Please read the following suggestions to help reduce this risk when using the Internet.
Please note: this advice may not completely hide your tracks: the safest way to find information on the Internet is to use the facilities at your local library, an internet café, a friend's house, or at work.
History or cache
The 'history' in your computer's web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape) shows a list of sites on the internet that have recently been visited. The 'cache' is your computer's automatic store of all the web pages and graphics that have been looked at. If an abuser knows how to access this information, they will be able to see what you have been looking at on the internet.
You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser's settings by following these instructions:
Internet Explorer 6
- Go to 'Tools' menu
- Select 'Internet Options'
- On the 'General' tab, under 'Temporary Internet Files', click on 'Delete Files'
- Under 'History', click on 'Clear History'
Internet Explorer 7
- Go to 'Tools' menu
- Select 'Delete Browsing History'
- Click on 'Delete All'
- Go to 'Tools' menu
- Select 'Clear Private Data'
- Click on 'Clear Private Data Now'
- Go to the 'Safari' menu
- Select 'Empty Cache'
- Or hold down the Option and Command keys and press E
- Go to 'Members' menu
- Select 'Preferences'
- Select 'WWW' icon
- Select 'Advanced', then click on 'Purge Cache'
If an abuser has access to your computer, they may be able to read your e-mails; both the messages you send and those you receive. If your e-mail account is password-protected, make sure you choose a password that can't be easily guessed and never write your password down.
If you are using a web-based e-mail service (such as Hotmail), do not select the option to remember your username or password. If available, tick the box that says you are using a public computer instead.
If you are sent threatening e-mail messages by an abuser, print and save them – they may be used as evidence.
Domestic violence organisations
Organisations in Hastings
Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) Domestic Abuse Service gives information and support to women and men. They will talk through your housing options and will also help children and young people who are living with domestic violence.
Telephone: 01424 716629 (outside office hours phone the Refuge and Women's Aid Domestic Violence Service helpline on 0808 2000247)
Penny Beale Memorial Fund - a local organisation set up by the parent of a victim of domestic violence.
Refuge and Women's Aid Domestic Violence Service - provides support and advice to women and can also help to find temporary accommodation
Telephone: 0808 2000247 (24 hour helpline)
Men's Advice line and enquiries - service aimed at men experiencing domestic abuse from their partner, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Telephone: 0808 801 0327
Mankind Initiative - support for men who are the victims of domestic violence.
Survivors UK - help and support for men who have been the victims of sexual violence.
Men's Aid - free practical advice and support for men who have been abused.
For children and parents
The Hideout - support and information for children who are living with domestic violence.
NSPCC - Information for parents who are concerned how domestic violence is affecting their children. Includes numbers of multi-lingual telephone helplines.
Reunite - UK-based charity that specialises in preventing and advising on international child abduction.
Respect - helpline provides information and advice to help perpetrators stop their abusive or violent behaviour.
Telephone: 0845 122 8609.
General advice, information and support
Victim support - provides help and support for the victims of crime.
Domestic violence - information, help and support from the BBC.
Advice guide - domestic violence advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Relate - advice, relationship counselling, mediation, consultations and support.
Telephone: 0845 130 4010.
Community Legal Services Legal Aid Calculator - check whether you're eligible for legal aid.
Shelter - advice for anyone with a housing problem.
Runaway Helpline - pass on anonymous messages to your family if you have left home and don't want to be traced.