Our frontline specialist and confidential services are offered free for people of all ages, genders and faiths who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any time in their lives. This includes online abuse and exploitation.
Our services are accessible to all and we have a team with a breadth of specialist knowledge around additional needs, those who identify as from the LGBTQIA+ community and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities.
In a safe and supportive environment, we can help overcome the effects on well-being, health, and mental health, and regain the lost power and control as a result of sexual violence and abuse.
Our services are not just for survivors of sexual violence. We also provide specialist help to children conceived of rape, families, and those who have been indirectly affected by sexual abuse.
Here at WMRSASC we offer counselling to all who have experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. We also offer support to parents, carers or partners of the survivor, as we understand this time can be difficult not just for the survivor but for those around them too.
An ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advocate) is an independent advocate who can provide practical and emotional support to survivors, aged 5 or over, who have experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse at any time in their life.
ISVAs are specially trained to explore any options that may be available and to provide information to enable the survivor to make choices. The ISVA offers free, non-judgemental support.
At WMRSASC, there are three ISVA services available:
- Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) who work with all individuals aged 18 and over who have experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. Click here for more details.
- Children & Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ChISVAs) who work with children and young people aged 5 to 17 years. Click here for more details.
- Family Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (FISVAs) who work with supporters of survivors, most commonly parents, partners and family members. The FISVA role enables the youngest survivors of sexual violence, those aged 5 and under, to receive support through the FISVA engagement with their parent or carer. Click here for more details.
WMRSASC also provides a private and confidential counselling service for children and young people aged 5 years and over.
The Branch Project
The Branch Project works with children and young people who have experienced Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) or are worried about it. CSE is a type of child abuse that happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something.
We provide a signposting service aimed to help survivors, supporters and professionals identify other services and agencies that may be of help. We recognise that sometimes you may want support for another area of your life, but not know where to turn. We keep contact numbers for many different support agencies, so we may be able to help direct you to the support needed, whether it be for an eating disorder, self-injury, housing issues etc. Contact us to find out more.
We provide telephone support for survivors and their friends and family via our helplines on 03456 461188. Click below for further details.
Rape Crisis England & Wales – Live Chat Helpline
The Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) Live Chat Helpline offers a text-based service for women and girls (16+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence.
The Live Chat Helpline operators are there to listen and offer you emotional support for up to 30 minutes. You can talk about what happened to you, how you feel, and any difficulties you are facing.
To access the service, or find out more information, including opening times, click below.