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Acts Fast – Abused Children’s Trauma Support, Family Advice and Strategy Team

Description of agency: We support Parents and Carers whose child has disclosed they have been sexually abused.

Postal address: Townsend Community Centre, Jewell Road, Townsend, Bournemouth, BH8 0LT
Office: 01202 797217 (Not monitored 24/7)
Helpline: TBA: Alternatively please email [email protected] and we will respond within 48 hours
Text: 07468 694068
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.actsfast.org.uk
Area covered: Bournemouth and Dorset

Support offered:

  • Telephone support
  • Email support
  • Text support

Services for:

  • Parents and carers

Basingstoke Rape & Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre (BRASACC) (Hampshire)

Helpline number: 01256 423890
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.BRASACC.com
Area covered: Hampshire, Newbury & Thatcham

Services offered:

  • Counselling
  • Helpline
  • Information, Advice & Support

Services for:

  • Female & Male survivors of rape or sexual abuse (aged 16+)
  • Parents/Partners of survivors of rape or sexual abuse

Breaking Free Female Support Project (Swindon, Wiltshire)

Description of agency: Professional counselling service for females of sexual abuse and rape.

Helpline number: 01793 514339
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.breakingfreesupport.co.uk
Area covered: Nationwide

Services offered:

  • 1-2-1 therapy
  • group work
  • yearly residential retreats
  • prison support
  • help with compensation claims

Services for:

  • Adult women 18+ who are survivors of rape or sexual abuse
  • Parents of survivors of rape or sexual abuse
  • Partners of survivors of rape or sexual abuse
  • Mental health/care workers supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse

CIS’ters (Surviving Rape &/or Sexual Abuse) (Hampshire)

Postal address: PO Box 119, Hampshire, SO50 9ZF
Helpline: 02380 338080  
Email: [email protected]
Website: cisters.org.uk
Area covered: Hampshire & National

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Support, Advice & Information
  • Telephone support
  • Bulletin or newsletter
  • Mutual support groups – held in Southampton

Services for:

  • Women aged 18+ who are survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse during childhood where the perpetrator was a member of their immediate/or extended family.
  • Also provide support for women aged 18+ who were raped and/or sexually abused by someone who was not a member of their immediate/extended family
  • Partners/parents/professionals of survivors of rape or sexual abuse
  • Mental health/care workers supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse

CLEAR (Children Linked to & Experiencing Abusive Relationships) (Truro, Cornwall)

Postal address: PO Box 706, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9FN
Helpline: 07542 532001
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.clearsupport.net
Area covered: Cornwall

Services offered:

  • Counselling
  • Support
  • Telephone support
  • Therapy groups
  • Information
  • Advice

Services for:

  • Children and young people aged 3+ who are survivors of Survivors of intrafamilial sexual abuse

Cornwall Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Truro, Cornwall)

Description: CRASAC is a charity set up in 1986 . There are 60 counsellors who work all over Cornwall , the aim is to offer 1:1 counselling for anyone that has been sexually abused at any time in their life.

Helpline: 01872 262100 (Office is staffed on Mondays and Tuesday from 8.30-5.00pm, answer phone at all other times. 01872 262100)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.crasaccornwall.co.uk
Area covered: Cornwall

Services offered:

  • Telephone support
  • Female group
  • Male group
  • Counselling placements
  • 1 :1 counselling -24 week contract

Services for:

  • Anyone from the age of 13 +

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services (Devon)

Description: We are a specialist organisation offering free and confidential services to people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault. Support is offered whether the incident happened recently or many years ago. We offer a range of services and anyone you speak to will have specialist training and knowledge to assist you in a non-judemental way. We listen, we believe and we support. The type of support you want is in your hands and we offer a flexible service based upon your needs and wishes.

Office telephone: 01392 208756
Helpline: 01392 204174 (Monday 6pm-9pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm, Friday 6pm-9pm)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.devonrapecrisis.org.uk
Area covered: Devon and Torbay local authority areas

Services offered:

  • Anonymous telephone helpline
  • Anonymous email support service
  • Specialist trauma support service
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy
  • Practical support
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

Services for:

  • Women aged 13+
  • Men aged 13-25
  • Male and female partners, family and friends

Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre (Bournemouth, Dorset)

Postal address: PO Box 877, Bournemouth, BH8 8YU
Helpline: 01202 308855
Office telephone: 01202 308840 or 01202 308848
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.dorsetrapecrisis.org
Area covered: Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • ISVA
  • Face to Face emotional support
  • Counselling

Services for:

  • Women & Men over 16 years who are survivors of rape or sexual abuse

Gloucestershire Rape Crisis Centre (Gloucester)

Postal address: PO Box 16, Gloucester, GL4 0RU
Helpline: 01452 526 770
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.glosrasac.org
Area covered: Gloucestershire

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Telephone & Email support
  • Information & Advice & Support

Services for:

  • Women & girls aged 10+ who are survivors of rape &/or sexual abuse
  • Partners/parents/professionals supporting of survivors of rape &/or sexual abuse

Jig-Saw (Sandown, Isle of Wight)

Helpline: 01983 400123
Email: [email protected]
Area covered: Isle of Wight

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Counselling
  • Information, Advice & Support
  • Telephone counselling
  • Therapy groups

Services for:

  • Female & Male survivors of rape and sexual abuse
  • Partners of survivors of rape or sexual abuse
  • Mental health/care workers supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse

Kinergy (Bristol & Avon)

Description: Kinergy is a confidential counselling service for survivors of sexual abuse &/or  rape.

Telephone: 0117 908 7712
Address: Mary Carpenter House, Kingswood Foundation Estate, Brittannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8DB
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.kinergy.org.uk
Area covered: South Glocs, Bristol, Banes, N Somerset

Services offered:

  • We offer one to one counselling for upto 48 weeks and we also facilitate support groups.

Services for:

  • Female and male survivors of rape and sexual abuse aged 16+

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (Barnstaple, Devon)

Postal address: PO Box 141, Barnstaple, EX32 7YN
Telephone: 01271 321946
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ndada.co.uk
Area covered: North Devon and Torridge

Services offered:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy groups
  • Mutual support groups
  • Information

Services for:

  • Women & girls who are survivors of rape and sexual abuse

Operation Emotion 2 CIC (Devon)

Description of agency: We are a Plymouth based voluntary organisation that operates, encourages and develops services for adult make survivors of sexual abuse, linking with specialist organisations where appropriate. Our goal is to develop a range of self help initiatives that enable men to engage in a process of recovery.

We also work with other agencies to promote best practice leading to an improvement in services.

Office Telephone: 07539 810096/ 07837 321514
Helpline Number: 07539 810096/ 07837 321514 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Sat 8am-1pm
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.operationemotion.com
Area covered: Plymouth

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Short-term individual support and signposting
  • Weekly support group led by participants
  • 12 week, group based education therapy program
  • Training on working with male survivors of sexual abuse to other agencies
  • Awareness raising and campaign work, supported by various media

Services for:

  • Male survivors of Rape & Sexual abuse over 18 years old within the travel-to-work area of Plymouth
  • Training on a local and national level to associated organisations

Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (Oxfordshire)

Description of agency: Providing free, confidential support services for female survivors of sexual violence whether it was experienced recently or in the past, as an adult or child. We also support the male and female friends, family members and professionals who are supporting survivors.

Postal address: PO Box 20, St Aldates Post Office, Oxford, OX2 6GB
Helpline: 01865 726 295 or freephone 0800 783 6294 (Monday & Thursday 6.30pm-9pm, Friday 11.30am-2pm, Sunday 6pm-8.30pm)
Email (support): [email protected] or (admin) [email protected]
Website: www.oxfordrapecrisis.net
Area covered: Oxfordshire 

Services offered:

Helpline, email support, support groups and outreach work including training for professionals and work with young people on healthy relationships and consent.

Services for:

  • Female survivors of sexual violence
  • Female & male friends, family and professional supporters of survivors

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (Hampshire)

Description of agency:

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) is a registered company (number 3643599) limited by guarantee and also a registered as a charity with the UK charity commission (number 1079950). It has a board of trustees/directors which is responsible for its overall governance within the context of its governing deed, its Memorandum and Articles of Association. Day to day PARCS is managed by a full-time Centre Director who is assisted by a small team of staff and some 50 volunteers.

PARCS was set up in 1981 by a group of women in response to a number of rapes in the city. They were concerned that there were no services available to assist either in the statutory or non-statutory sectors. Since that time PARCS has grown to become an effective charity working with survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse. Over the years there has been an increasing emphasis on working with women, men and young people who have suffered sexual abuse in their childhood alongside delivering a preventative programme aimed at preventing abuse and lessening the impact of abuse where it has already occurred.

Address: PO Box 3, Portsmouth, PO2 8RX
Office telephone: 023 9266 9513
Helpline: 023 9266 9511 (Womens), 023 9266 9616 (Mens) Mondays 1pm-3pm, Wednesdays and Fridays 7pm-10pm
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.parcs.org.uk
Area covered: Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport & Fareham

Services offered:

  • Helpline: The PARCS helpline provides emotional support for survivors of sexual violation (aged 18+), their families and carers.  It also sign-posts callers to other services where appropriate.  The helpline is open three times a week and clients are able to access counselling via the helpline. (Monday 1-3pm / Wednesday 7pm – 10pm / Friday 7pm – 10pm)
  • Specialist Psychotherapy and Counselling: PARCS provides a free counselling and psychotherapy service to both women and men (aged 13+) who have experienced sexual abuse/violation whether as children, adults or both.  PARCS offers both short and long term therapy.
  • Group support: PARCS is currently developing groups for survivors including mindfulness, pre-therapy stabilization, support and therapy groups.
  • Short term counselling for parents/carers: This service is provided to the parents/carers of young people who are accessing the service.
  • Specialist counselling for Young People (13-24 years): PARCS delivers specialist counselling to young people who have experienced sexual abuse/sexual exploitation.
  • Outreach: The charity has developed an educational and outreach programme which is delivered into the community of Portsmouth aimed at preventing abuse by raising awareness and developing ‘community’ responsibility through a number of creative approaches. The project also delivers the CEOP Ambassador training and is developing its targeted approach working with young people who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violation.
  • Domestic abuse counselling: PARCS provides counselling to survivors of domestic abuse aged 18+.
  • Young Persons’ Targeted Outreach (Portsmouth): PARCS provides specialist support to young people who are at greater risk of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.  This targeted work includes young people with learning disabilities, young people who have been excluded from school, looked after children, young people with physical disabilities and young people who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered.

Services for:

Women and men aged 13+ resident in Portsmouth or South East Hampshire who have experienced any kind of sexual violation or domestic abuse

RASAC Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service Winchester  (Hampshire)

Helpline: 01962 848024 or 01962 848027
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.rasac.org.uk
Area covered: Hampshire

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Support, Advice & Information
  • Telephone support
  • Counselling

Services for:

  • Female & Male survivors of rape & sexual abuse
  • Partners/parents/professionals supporting of survivors of rape or sexual abuse
  • Mental health/care workers supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse

Rape & Sexual Abuse Helpline (Devon)

Helpline: 0808 800 0188 (Tues, Wed, Thurs, 7pm -10pm)
Website: www.therapeandsexualabusehelpline.co.uk
Area covered: Devon (county wide)

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Signposting to Other Support Agencies

Services for:

  • Female & Male survivors of rape & sexual abuse over the age of 16

Revival – Wiltshire RASAC

Address: PO Box 4157, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 4AW
Business Administration:  01225 777 562
Counselling Enquiries: 01225 751 568
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.revival-wiltshirerasac.org.uk
Area covered: Wiltshire

Services offered:

  • A specialist 1:1 counselling service for women and men who were sexually abused in childhood or adolescence; women only space is available at designated times.  This service is funded by NHS Wiltshire and is free of charge for adults (18+), registered with a GP in North Wilts (excluding the Royal Wootton Bassett Area), West Wilts or Devizes.
  • An online forum for women where they can give and receive support
  • Telephone and e-mail support; information; referral and signposting services for men and women who have been raped &/or sexually abused at any time in their lives.  This service is funded by The Ministry of Justice and is free of charge for adults (18+) living in the Wiltshire area.
  • Training to professionals working in statutory and voluntary organisations to enable them to understand the impact of sexual abuse in childhood on the adult survivor and rape/sexual assault in adolescence/adulthood.  This work is ongoing,  self-financing and generates a small but vital income for the organisation.

Services for:

  • Adult women and men (18+) who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives

SALT South West (Sexual Abuse Listening Therapy)

Description of agency: Therapeutic support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse – male and female over 16 yrs

Helpline: 01752 600599 (Mondays & Wednesdays 10am t0 1pm)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.saltsouthwest.co.uk
Area covered: South West of England

Services offered:

  • Telephone Help Line
  • Coffee Drop In
  • Initial assessments
  • Individual sessions for clients
  • Group Work
  • Short term support for parents/partners of survivors.
  • Training

Services for:

  • Female & Male adults (over 16 yrs) who experienced sexual abuse in their childhood.
  • Parents/partners of such survivors.
  • Training for other agencies in the area of childhood sexual abuse.

Male Survivors: At the present time we have had to stop taking on any new male clients but would signpost any male seeking help to contact Operation Emotion 2 which is a service for male survivors of sexual abuse.  The contacts are Dave or Marc – email: [email protected], Helpline 07539 810096 and their website is www.operationemotion.com 

Self injury Support (Avon)

Description of agency:  Support around self injury and self harm. Support for girls and women of any age who self-injure. Training for professionals working with people  who self-injure.  Research and information about self-injury – most recent research: ‘Hidden Pain?’ – people with learning disabilities and self-injury. All services run by staff and volunteers with trauma-focused training background

Postal address: PO Box 3240, Bristol, BS2 2EF
Office telephone: 0117 9279600
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk
Area covered: National

Services offered:

  • CASS women’s self injury helpline for women of any age
  • TESS text and email support for girls & young women (up to age 25) affected by self-injury
  • Online self management tools and ideas
  • Training for people working with self-injury
  • Information about self-injury including good practice and information resource hub

Services for:

  • Girls & women affected by self-injury
  • Families/friends/professionals/others who came into contact with people who self-injure

Service User Involvement Project (Andover, Mid Hants)

Telephone: 01264 333 833
Email: [email protected]
Area covered: Hampshire

Services offered:

  • Helpline
  • Mutual support groups
  • Advice & Information
  • ISVA service (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor)

Services for:

  • Adult Female & Male survivors of rape & sexual abuse
  • Mental health/care workers supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse

Southmead Project (Bristol)

Description of agency: Southmead Project is a community based registered charity (1016617) with a board of volunteer trustees. Its is at the forefront of innovative and pioneering service development; addressing the severe, complex and multiple disadvantages associated with childhood abuse and trauma and it’s correlation with later mental and physical ill-health including self-harm.

Address: 165 Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 6AS
Office: 01179 506022
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.southmeadprject.co.uk
Area covered: Mainly Bristol and surrounding areas but has no geographic restrictions in terms of accepting client referrals

Services offered:

  • Counselling for those who have experienced abuse and trauma
  • Support for parents and carers of substance mis-users
  • Provision of training in abuse, addiction and disclosure
  • Research on the impact of childhood trauma and it’s correlation to self-harm

Services for:

  • Those who have experienced domestic, sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse as children or as adults and have turned to drugs, alcohol or other ways of self-harming in order to suppress the emotions that follow such trauma
  • Parents and carers of the above
  • Practitioners without the skills to deal with clients’ disclosure of abuse

Special interests: Developing a pathway of positive change from abuse, trauma and self-harm to recovery, training and employment by working in conjunction with the local development trust.

Survivors Alliance North Devon CIC  (North Devon)

Description of agency: Specialist counselling service for adults who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

Office: 07763 617693
Email: [email protected]
Website: TBA
Area covered: North Devon and UK telephone counselling

Services offered:

  • Counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • Counselling for family members of anyone who has experienced sexual violence
  • Low cost, some bursarys available
  • Workshops
  • Peer support groups
  • Supervision
  • External supervision to professionals working with sexual violence
  • Nationwide telephone counselling for adults who have difficulty accessing services and who have experienced any form of sexual violence

Services for:

  • Adults
  • Non offending families of anyone who has experienced sexual violence

Yellow Door (formerly Southampton Rape Crisis Service) (Hampshire)

30 Brookvale Road, Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1QR
Telephone: 02380 636312
Helpline: 02380 636313 (open Wednesdays 4pm – 7pm)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.yellowdoor.org.uk

Area Covered: Southampton, Eastleigh, New Forest and some services on the Isle of Wight

Services offered:

  •          Helpline
  •           Counselling
  •           Information, Advice and Support
  •           Therapeutic Groups
  •           Children and Young People’s Services
  •           Family Therapy
  •           ISVA Service
  •           Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy
  •           The STAR Project: Education, Prevention and Outreach

Services for:

  •           Female and male survivors of rape and sexual abuse aged 11+
  •           Families of young people who have experienced sexual abuse
  •           Professionals supporting survivors of sexual abuse
  •           Community education for the aim of prevention
  •           Adults and young people who have experienced domestic abuse

TAG (Trauma and Abuse Group) (Swindon, Wiltshire)

Description of agency:  Charitable Objects include the advancement of education in the field of trauma and abuse recovery by the provision of training for therapists and by the collation and dissemination of relevant information/research to professionals, volunteers, or those recovering from such trauma and/or abuse.

Email: [email protected]  or [email protected]
Website: www.tag-uk.net
Area covered: UK

Services offered:

  • Publication of a 6 monthly journal ‘interact’
  • Quarterly e-newsletters with training and events
  • Membership confers discounts on TAG training events including a biennial national conference with renowned speakers
  • Networking opportunities for members
  • We work collaboratively with other organisations in the field to improve awareness; information; networking and training

Services for:

  • Membership is available to those who support our charitable aims including counsellors; psychotherapists; doctors; other health professionals; pastoral workers; survivors and their supporters; indeed all who are seeking to enhance recovery for adult survivors of childhood neglect; trauma; and abuse.
  • Our publications and training are also available to the general public, and bespoke training can be provided for other organisations, churches and groups on a range of issues including attachment, trauma and dissociation.

The Green House (Bristol)

Description of agency: The Green House provides free, specialist counselling for men, women, children and young people who have experienced any form of sexual abuse at any point in their lives.

Telephone: 0117 935 1707
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.the-green-house.org.uk
Area covered: Bristol and surrounding areas

Support offered:

  • Counselling for adults
  • Therapy for children and young people
  • Advice and support for parents and carers (of children referred for therapy)

Services for:

  • Male survivors of rape or sexual abuse (all ages)
  • Female survivors of rape or sexual abuse (all ages)
  • Children and young people affected by rape or sexual abuse

The Treetops Centre (SARC) – Hampshire & Isle of Wight SARC – Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Description of agency: The Centre exists to provide a comprehensive service to people who have experienced rape or sexual abuse.The Centre will:

  • Ensure the best possible care of the client to minimise the risk of further harm, physical and mental health issues and to promote recovery
  • Facilitate forensic examination so that evidence can be collected for use in the investigation of crime should the client choose
  • Promote partnership working at all levels; throughout Hampshire and theIsle of Wightand nationally to assist with providing best practice and best value
  • Provide a centre of excellence which places client care and quality of service at the heart of its work

Helpline: 023 92 210352  (9.00am-6.00pm, Mon to Fri)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.treetopscentre.co.uk
Area covered: Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Support offered:

  • Forensic examination with police involvement.
  • Self referral with forensic examination.
  • Police referral without forensic examination
  • Support and advocacy only. The Young Persons ISVA can offer emotional and practical support, advocacy, and assistance with health appointments and attend meetings with clients after the initial visit to the Centre.

Services for:

  • Anyone experiencing or who has experienced rape or sexual assault in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight geographical area,
  • Out of Hours the same service is available to 13-15 years via the Police Referral system (5pm – 9am Monday to Friday, weekends and Bank Holidays)
  • Out of Hours – weekend days and bank holiday days the same service is available for 0-12 years via the Police Referral system
  • Clients aged 0-15 years from the Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and Isle of Wight area are also able to access the Centre in hours weekdays (8am-5pm), being referred and accompanied by two paediatricians

Twelves Company (Plymouth, Devon)

Description: Support for Female & Male survivors or victims of sexual abuse, recent or non-recent.

Telephone: 08458 121212
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sarcplymouth.co.uk
Area covered: Plymouth & surrounding area

Support offered:

  • Counselling, Art Therapy (5-18yrs)
  • ISVA Independent Sexual Violence Advisor
  • Crisis Worker
  • Forensic Medical Examination.

Womankind, Bristol Women’s Therapy Centre (Bristol & Avon)

Description of agency: Womankind, Bristol Women’s Therapy Centre was established in 1986 as a registered charity to provide help to women with mental health problems.  Womankind’s aim is to help women to improve their mental health and well being by providing a range of confidential, therapeutic and accessible services.

Address: 3rd Floor Brunswick Court, Brunswick Square, Bristol BS2 8PE
Helpline: 0345 458 2914 or 0117 9166461
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 10 am – 12 Noon, Tues & Weds 1 pm – 3 pm Mon & Tues evenings 8 pm – 10 pm
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.womankindbristol.org.uk
Area covered: Bristol, South Gloucestershire

Support offered:

  • Telephone Helpline
  • Befriending
  • Free & subsidised counselling
  • Open ended therapy groups for women experiencing long-term mental health problems including depression
  • Fixed term, theme based therapy groups
  • Free specialist counselling for:
    • Refugee and asylum seeking women
    • Deaf women with interpreters.
  • Free specialist outreach counselling  service for women who have experienced rape and sexual violence and who live in South Bristol
  • Focus on Families Service is a free outreach counselling service for women and families living in the Filwood Ward area who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.

Services for:

Women with a range of mental health problems, including women who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse.

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