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Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

All of our services are focused on supporting women (aged 13 years and above), boys and young men (aged 13-25 years) to both cope with and recover from the sexual violence they have experienced, whenever it happened. We are a needs-led, flexible service and believe that people can take control back over their lives. We are an outcomes-based service, focused on rebuilding the health, resilience and support structures of our service users.

We listen, believe and help people to name the sexual violence they have survived and support them to make their own choices. We offer a free, confidential support service to women who live in Devon (not including Plymouth) aged over 13 years old, who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harrassment, "honour based" violence, female genital mutilation or any form of sexual violence. We also offer a young people's counselling service for boys and young men aged 13-25 years.

We offer support to friends, family and partners on our helpline or email service to enable them to better understand and support a woman in their lives who has experienced sexual violence. Male survivors of sexual violence aged 26 years and above will be signposted to the most appropriate service for them.

Telephone Helpline
This is open three times a week (Mon 6pm - 9pm, Weds 10am - 1pm & Fri 6pm - 9pm). It is a free, confidential service providing information, listening, emotional support, signposting and direct referrals to appropriate services.

Email Support
This service can be accessed totally anonymously and offers information, signposting and emotional support. It is often used as a first step to our other services as it provides a very safe initial point of contact.

Ongoing Specialist Face to Face Support
Our support (for women aged 18 years and above) is individually tailored around individual women in terms of their specific coping and recovery needs. We offer emotional support, psycho education, psychosocial education, exploration of options, specific strategies for addressing trauma symptoms, guidance on making sense of and processing unhelpful thoughts and feelings, strengthening resilience and resources. We offer 8 sessions of support followed by a review and, if the woman still has objectives that we are the most appropriate agency to deliver, a further 8 sessions of support.

We offer support at our offices based in Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple and also at a further 20 locations right across Devon and Torbay, using a variety of safe, accessible venues.

Advocacy
We can support women to get their voices heard, to make complaints and representations and to gain access to services.

Practical Support
We can accompany women to appointments that they may find difficult or impossible on their own, including GPs, sexual health clinics, dentists, hospitals and housing departments.

Young People's Counselling Service
This service is for young people aged between the age of 13 and 25 who have experienced any form of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse, assault, sexual exploitation, on-line abuse and rape at any times in their lives. Initially we will offer 8 sessions with the view of re-contracting them where appropriate. The support takes place in Exeter, Barnstaple, Newton Abbot and Torquay.

Referrals
Any agency can make a referral with the express permission of the woman concerned by calling 01392 208756.

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below


  1. Our services are focused on supporting women (aged 13 years and above), boys and young men (aged 13-25 years) to both cope with and recover from the sexual violence they have experienced, whenever it happened. We are a needs-led, flexible service and believe that people can take control back over their lives. We focus on rebuilding the health, resilience and support structures of our service users.

  2. All of our services are focused on supporting people to both cope with and recover from the sexual violence they have experienced, whenever it happened.

  3. We work with people who have experienced any type of sexual violence, including rape and childhood sexual abuse, regardless of whether the sexual violence happened one week or 30 years ago.

  4. We offer support to friends, family and partners on our helpline or email service to enable them to better understand and support a woman in their lives who has experienced sexual violence.

  5. We offer emotional support, psycho education, psychosocial education, exploration of options, specific strategies for addressing trauma symptoms, guidance on making sense of and processing unhelpful thoughts and feelings, strengthening resilience and resources. We listen to women and believe them.

  6. We listen to women and believe them, help women to name the sexual violence they have survived and support them to make their own choices. We can simply listen to you or give you more active support to explore your feelings and options.

  7. We can support women to get their voices heard, to make complaints and representations and to gain access to services.

  8. We can accompany to appointments that they may find difficult or impossible on their own, inlcuding GPs, sexual health clinics, dentists, hospitals and housing departments.

  9. We offer a free, confidential support and advocacy service to women who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, "honour based" violence, female genital mutilation or any form of sexual violence, whether physical, verbal or emotional.

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