Pan-Sussex Strategy for Domestic Abuse Accommodation and Support 2021-2024

Local authority areas

Local authorities like Brighton and Hove City Council, East and West Sussex County Councils are responsible for a range of services for people and businesses in their defined areas and are governed by councillors who are elected by the public in local elections.[1] Providing support for those affected by domestic abuse is one of those legal obligations.

Sussex, a largely rural area with over 150km of coastline, has a combined population of over 1.6 million.[2] West Sussex accounts for approximately 50% of the total population of the county, East Sussex 30% and Brighton and Hove 20%.[3]

Brighton & Hove

  • The population of Brighton was estimated to be 290,395 residents in 2017.
  • Brighton & Hove is the 131st most deprived local authority in England (of 317).
  • One in five people (19.5%) are from a Black or Minority Ethnic Group (14.5% South East, 20.2% England).
  • Between 1,500 and 2,500 trans adults live in Brighton & Hove, with many more who visit to socialise, study and/or work.
  • Our best estimate of lesbian, gay and bisexual residents is 11% to 15% of the population aged 16+.

East Sussex

  • The population of East Sussex was estimated to be 558,852 by ONS mid-year estimates in 2020.
  • East Sussex has a much older age profile compared to England and the South East.
  • 91.7% of the county’s population identified as White British, compared to the regional average of 85.2% and the national average of 80.5%
  • In the 2011 census, 52% of the county’s population was estimated to be female and 48% male, similar to the national split.
  • Local projections suggest that by 2032 there will be over 130,000 people with a disability in East Sussex.

West Sussex

  • The population of West Sussex was estimated to be 858,852 in 2018.
  • There is a roughly equal split between men (48.6%) and women (51.4%).
  • Of the West Sussex population: 20.3% are aged 0-17 years, 56.9% are aged 18-64 years, 22.7% are aged 65+.
  • 50-70% of the population live in rural areas, with 31% located in Horsham and Chichester.
  • 84.5% of the population is White British. 3.3% were born in the UK but had an ethnic minority background.


[1] What is local government? | Local Government Association

[2] [ARCHIVED CONTENT] Census 2011 result shows increase in population of the South East - ONS (

 [3] Sussex-Peoples-Panel-Membership-Demographics-JAN-20-v2.pdf (