About Us

Home-Start East Sussex (new name Lotus from 1 April 2024) is a small, independent East Sussex based charity with a specialism in whole family domestic abuse support.

Although we primarily work with women, our aim is to work with the whole family to prevent domestic abuse and wider safeguarding issues, and aid victim-survivors on their journey to recovery.

The charity has been accredited with the SafeLives domestic abuse Leading Lights quality standard.

We provide a range of trauma informed person-centred group and one-to-one on-line and face-to-face interventions with clear referral pathways to and from other services.  Support is provided by specialist practitioners or, when appropriate, trained peer supporters.  Whole Family Safety & Support Plans are developed collaboratively with the victim-survivors we support, enabling them and their children to minimise risk, live safely and recover.



Lotus Families is a member of EVAW, the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW).  It is a leading coalition of more than 150 specialist women’s support services, researchers, NGOs and other experts working to end violence
against women and girls in all its forms. Established in 2005, EVAW campaign for every level of government to adopt better, more joined up approaches to ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and challenge the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone this abuse.

We have applied for membership to Women's Aid, a federation of over 180 organisations.

We work closely with SafeLives who work with specialist organisations across the UK to transform the response to domestic abuse.  Last year four of our staff team, along with almost 25,000 other professionals received their training.


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"The best thing about the group was not being alone, having people who 'get it' and putting the time to reflecting on things and getting practical ideas"

Mum experiencing abuse from her child


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