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Womens Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Cornwall)

The Womens Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC) has been providing services to victims/survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse for almost 20 years receiving awards for being an 'Exemplary Organisation'. Whether you have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse, a recent sexual assault or domestic abuse you can contact us through our helplines or the website.
We will help you find the right support for you provided in safe confidential spaces.

Support Services

Currently The Women's Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre:-

Provides a Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline and Support Service offering specialist support, counselling and advocacy to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse and sexual exploitation at anytime in their lives.
Our confidential Helpline provides a place to explore feelings and experiences with specailly trained support workers who are sensitive and empathetic.
Our Outreach Service provides face to face support, counselling and advocacy to women and girls in a range of safe, accessible, confidential venues.

WRSAC's Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) provides independent support and advocacy to victims/survivors who have reported to the Police and are involved with the Criminal Justice System. WRSAC's ISVA works in partnership with First Light and the The Willow Centre which is Cornwall's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to provide a wrap around service to victims.

Employs four Specialist Sexual Violence Counsellors to provide support and counselling to victims/survivors with complex needs including survivors with severe and enduring mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Delivers the Women’s Domestic Violence Support Network providing an independent Helpline and Outreach Support Service to women and teengae girls who have experienced domestic abuse at any time in thier lives.
Our confidential Helpline provides a place to explore feelings and experiences with specailly trained support workers who are sensitive and empathetic.
Our Outreach Service provides face to face support, counselling and advocacy to women and girls in a range of safe, accessible, confidential venues.

Runs the Young Women’s Support Network funded for 3 years by Children in Need for a project called Young Empowered Women (YEW) which offers creative group work to girls and young women aged 12 to 18 years who have experienced or are vulnerable to any form of sexual violence or domestic abuse

Delivers the Open Project supporting women who have have committed offences and are involved in The Criminal Justice System. It is a women centred service providing holistic support to women in Devon and Cornwall who have committed offences. This includes women serving community sentences and those released from custody to Devon and Cornwall.

Has initiated the IRIS Project in Cornwall working with GP Surgeries to embed routine enquiry in NHS practice and to provide support services to victims/survivors of domestic abuse who disclose to thier GP

Additionally WRSAC offers 14 week Pattern Changing/POWER Programmes and Theraputic Bodywork to survivors of sexual and/or domestic abuse to empower and enable them to make changes in their lives.

Services

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


  1. WRSAC's Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service runs a helpline and outreach services (this service covers East, Mid and North Cornwall) for victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline is live Monday to Thursday 10 – 1pm and Monday evening from 7.30 – 10pm. At these times calls are answered by our female support workers. At other times we have a 24-hour answer-phone service.

  2. If you have been raped or sexually abused or are supporting someone else who has, you can contact WRSAC for help and information. It doesn't matter whether this happened recently or a long time ago. You can phone our Helpline to speak to someone in confidence. Sexual violence is what happens when someone does not consent to a sexual act. There are many different kinds of sexual violence from flashing and voyeurism to sexual assault and rape. It can happen to anyone – women, men, girls and boys.

  3. Anyone can experience domestic abuse - it can happen in all kinds of relationships, regardless of age, race, sex, sexuality, disability, wealth, gender identity and lifestyle. It is rarely a one-off event. Physical and sexual abuse tends to get more severe and happen more often over time. If you have been the victim of domestic abuse or are supporting someone else who has, you can contact WRSAC for help and information.

  4. The focus of the ISVA service is: “to work within a multi-agency setting to provide a pro-active service to female victims of sexual violence and abuse, current and historical, through risk assessment and safety planning; enable victims to access statutory and other services they need and to ensure they are kept supported and informed as their cases progress through the criminal justice system, if victims wish to pursue their cases in this way”.

  5. WRSAC's Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service runs a Helpline and Outreach Service (this service covers East, Mid and North Cornwall) for victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. The Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline is live Monday to Thursday 10 – 1pm and Monday evening from 7.30 – 10pm. At these times calls are answered by our specialist support workers. At other times we have a 24-hour answer-phone service.

  6. Specialist Sexual Violence Counsellors provide and co-ordinate sexual violence counselling, support and advocacy for women and teenage girls who have experienced sexual violence of any kind and who also have complex problems and needs arising from the long term effects of this violence. These issues can and often do include mental health problems, drugs and alcohol misuse, eating disorders and other self-harm etc. The project also works with survivors who have learning disabilities.

  7. (WDVSN) delivers a Helpline and Outreach service.The Helpline currently runs on Monday evenings from 7.30pm - 10pm and Thursdays 10am – 1pm. At these times calls are answered by our specialist support workers. When the lines are not live we have a 24-hour answer-phone service. Our service is free, friendly and confidential and may involve talking over the phone or arranging to meet in a place where women feel safe and comfortable.

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