Providing specialist support when it’s needed, for as long as it’s needed.
WMRSASC was first formed in 1986, initially started as drop-in centre for women.
Our primary aim has always been to provide support, information and advocacy to female victims and survivors of sexual violence. Over recent years WMRSASC has expanded some of its service provision to support men and boys but the provision of, and importance of, women only spaces, has been maintained. This is because WMRSASC recognises that sexual violence is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality within our society and so is a crime that disproportionately affects women and girls.
WMRSASC’s services are provided from a feminist and human rights perspective and are designed to ensure the well-being, health and mental health effects of sexual violence and abuse are addressed in a safe service and victims and survivors are enabled to regain critical power and control lost through their experiences of sexual violence and abuse.
We provide face-to-face counselling for survivors over the age of 11, an Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service for survivors over the age of 5, a signposting service, a telephone helpline for female and male survivors and their supporters, and internal and external training.
We are ethical and respectful at all times, inspiring trust from our clients and each other, consistently delivering our commitments by standing our ground and challenging inappropriate behaviour and injustice.
We take responsibility for our own actions, supporting others to do the same by developing our own skills and abilities and fostering the same sense of self care and self-worth in our clients and each other.
We are accountable in our own decision-making processes for continual improvements in the services we offer. We collaborate with partners and listen to the voice of our service users to ensure that we offer the best service we can.
We are here to listen – not to work miracles.
We are here to help a survivor discover what they are feeling – not to make their feelings go away.
We are here to help a survivor identify their options – not to make decisions for them.
We are here to discuss steps with a survivor – not to take the steps for them.
We are here to help a survivor discover their own strength – not to rescue them and leave them still vulnerable.
We are here to help a survivor discover they can help them self – not to take responsibility for them.
We are here to help a survivor choose – not to keep them from making difficult choices.
We are here to provide support for change.