Welcome to Lotus

(formerly Home-Start East Sussex)

Lotus is a small, locally-operated charity situated in East Sussex, specialising in providing preventative and recovery domestic abuse support to women, children and families.

We adopt a holistic Whole Family Approach to enhance the safety, resilience, and future prospects of women and their families in our community, aiming to prevent the chances of problems getting worse or being repeated.

Our goal is to prevent domestic abuse and help victim-survivors as they navigate their path to healing and recovery.

While our main focus is on supporting women and their children, we're also equipped to assist the entire family in the prevention and recovery of abuse, and broader safeguarding concerns.

Our Services

We run various group and one-to-one services, online and in person. We're here to help you find the best way forward for you. Our services are designed with your well-being in mind.

We can also connect you with other services. Our team includes friendly dedicated specialists and trained peer supporters who are here to support you every step of the way.

Latest News

Natwest supports domestic abuse survivors in partnership with SafeLives

In 2021, a partnership between SafeLives and Natwest was set up to provide financial support to victims of abuse, and to help survivors move forward and promote recovery and resilience. Since then, we have gratefully received two grants from this partnership, which has enabled us to provide valuable extra financial support to our clients.

Thank you to our Wealden Waitrose partners

We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Hailsham and Crowborough Waitrose stores for their generous donations to HSES Being Family Programme.

HSES welcomes a Boardroom Apprentice

An employee from the Pensions Regulator joins the HSES' Board of trustees as a Boardroom Apprentice. She brings with her a confidence in reading and explaining charity accounts and other financial information but does not have trustee or governance experience. 

Natwest supports domestic abuse survivors in partnership with SafeLives

In 2021, a partnership between SafeLives and Natwest was set up to provide financial support to victims of abuse, and to help survivors move forward and promote recovery and resilience. Since then, we have gratefully received two grants from this partnership, which has enabled us to provide valuable extra financial support to our clients.

Thank you to our Wealden Waitrose partners

We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Hailsham and Crowborough Waitrose stores for their generous donations to HSES Being Family Programme.

HSES welcomes a Boardroom Apprentice

An employee from the Pensions Regulator joins the HSES' Board of trustees as a Boardroom Apprentice. She brings with her a confidence in reading and explaining charity accounts and other financial information but does not have trustee or governance experience. 

Social Media

A lovely quote from a client who attended our Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme ⛅

We are so pleased to hear that you feel more confident about your future relationships.

Thank you for sharing 💜

💰 The next Managing Money Safely session is coming up on Wednesday 17th July. To sign up for free:
https://lotus-families.org.uk/getting-help/referral-form/

Are you aged 13-16? Would you like to learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships? 🥰

We are running a new online webinar called Relationship Goals, completely free. In just 60 minutes, we'll cover everything from understanding what a good relationship looks like to ...communication skills, boundaries, and recognising red flags.

The first one is on 8th July. To sign up please complete a referral form on our website, or for more information email [email protected].

Are you aged 13-16? Would you like to learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships? 🥰

We are running a new online webinar called Relationship Goals, completely free. In just 60 minutes, we'll cover everything from understanding what a good relationship looks like to ...communication skills, boundaries, and recognising red flags.

The first one is on 8th July. To sign up please complete a referral form on our website, or for more information email [email protected].

What difference did we make in 2023-24?

Here is the impact of what our work with victim/survivors of domestic abuse had last year.

Thank you to our incredibly dedicated team 👏

What difference did we make in 2023-24?
Here is the impact of what our work with victim/survivors of domestic abuse had last year. Thank you to our incredibly dedicated team 👏

A football tournament is a time for joy, celebration and excitement for many. But for women victims of domestic abuse, it can bring fear and an increased risk. Domestic abuse increases on average by 26% after England games. Football doesn't cause abuse, but with an increase in alcohol ...consumption and high emotions there tends to be a rise in incidences.

There is NO excuse for abuse. We want to encourage conversations around healthy relationships, calling people out for unacceptable behaviour, and repercussions for perpetrators.

If you, or someone you know, is in an abusive or controlling relationship and needs help:
- Call @refugecharity freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.
- @victimsupport_uk 24-hour supportline: 0808 1689 111
- If you are in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 999. If you are unable to speak, press 55 and you will be put through to the police automatically.

A football tournament is a time for joy, celebration and excitement for many. But for some, it brings fear and an increased risk.

Research from the National Centre for Domestic Violence reveals that domestic abuse incidents increase by 26% when our national team plays, 38% if they lose, ...and 11% the day after, regardless of the outcome. Football doesn't cause abuse, but with an increase in alcohol consumption and high emotions there tends to be a rise in incidences.

There is NO excuse for abuse. We want to encourage conversations around healthy relationships, calling people out for unacceptable behaviour, and repercussions for perpetrators.

If you, or someone you know, is in an abusive or controlling relationship and needs help:
📞 Call @refuge freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.
📞 Victim support 24-hour supportline: 0808 1689 111
📞 If you are in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 999. If you are unable to speak, press 55 and you will be put through to the police automatically.
#NoExcuseForAbuse #YouAreNotAlone #Euros #Euros2024 #DomesticAbuse #DomesticAbuseSupport #ReachOut #DontSufferInSilence

You will need different support at different times in your journey. Lotus Domestic Abuse Recovery programme does not promise to take it all away, but to work through what you have experienced, help you look to the future and connect you with other people who have similar shared experience. 💜

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