What We Do & How We Work

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To promote and protect the physical and mental health and wellbeing of women, children and their families at risk of harm and disadvantage, including those at risk of domestic abuse in all its forms, in East Sussex and the surrounding area.

Our Mission

Lotus is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse and wider safeguarding issues by providing comprehensive prevention and recovery services.

Our mission is to create a society where individuals and families can thrive in safe, healthy, and supportive environments.

Our Commitments

1: Prevention

We are committed to raising awareness about all forms of domestic abuse, fostering education, and promoting healthy relationship dynamics.

Through community outreach programmes, workshops, and advocacy, we aim to prevent the occurrence of domestic abuse and empower individuals living in East Sussex with the knowledge and skills to build respectful relationships.

2: Intervention

Lotus is dedicated to providing effective intervention for those currently experiencing child/adolescent to parent violence and abuse.

Our trained professionals offer confidential support, resources, and a safe space for individuals to seek help, empowering them to break free from abusive situations.

3: Recovery

We believe in the resilience and strength of domestic abuse victim-survivors.

We are devoted to assisting victim- survivors in their journey to recovery by offering trauma-informed services to help rebuild their lives. We strive to create a supportive community where survivors can heal and regain control over their futures.

4: Empowerment

Lotus is committed to empowering survivors to reclaim their lives and stand against domestic abuse.

Through empowerment programmes such as our Lotus Blossom peer support groups that builds skills and offers ongoing support, we aim to equip victim-survivors with the tools and confidence needed to rebuild their lives, support others and break free from the cycle of abuse.

5: Advocacy

We advocate for policy changes and systemic reforms to address the root causes of domestic abuse.

By engaging with lawmakers and relevant legislative initiatives, we strive to create a society that condemns domestic violence, supports survivors, and promotes healthy relationships.

Together, we envision East Sussex free from domestic abuse, where every individual is treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.

Join us in creating a future where love and compassion prevail over violence and fear.


Our Vision

Every home in East Sussex is a haven of safety, respect, and equality. We strive to prevent domestic abuse through education, awareness, and advocacy, fostering a community that values healthy relationships.

For those affected by abuse, our vision extends to providing comprehensive support services and resources, including the development of skills, empowering survivors on their journey to recovery and rebuilding their lives. Together, we aspire to break the cycle of domestic abuse, fostering a future where no one lives in fear, and every individual has the opportunity to thrive in a violence-free home.

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"The best things about the group was the community, the support, the empathy and the absolutely amazing facilitators!"


A Trauma-Informed Approach

Our staff have developed services and support with the goal of reducing the impact of difficult experiences and helping people feel better.

We understand that difficult experiences can affect adults and children.  We want to make sure that we are easy to reach and considerate of your needs. We use something called a 'Trauma Informed Approach' to help us do this. Here's what that means:

  • We know that you are the expert in your own life, and we respect that.
  • We recognise that some people, especially those who have experienced domestic abuse, may have been through even more difficult times with other services or in court.
  • We want you to know that we believe you.
  • We look for and respond to any risks that you might face when you use our service.
  • We make sure that our services focus on your strengths as well as your needs.
  • We want to help you feel strong, confident, and hopeful.
  • When attending one of our groups we will  encourage you to support each other and share ways to cope.
  • We make sure that there is time and space for you to build supportive relationships. When we have group meetings, we make sure that there is time for you to talk to each other and to us.
  • We always think about what we do and how we do it. We ask for your feedback and ideas for how we can do better. We talk about what you tell us and make changes to all of our services.
  • We know where to send you if you need more help, and we work with you and other people who help you to make sure that you get the best support.
  • We ask people who used to use our services to come and talk to us about how we can be better. They help us by asking us tough questions.

I hope this helps you understand how we can help you. We are here for you and we want to help you feel better.


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