Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

All of our services are focused on supporting survivors 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 people who live in Devon (not including Plymouth) aged over 13 years old, who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, "honour based" violence, female genital mutilation or any form of sexual violence.

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

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

Anonymous 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 is individually tailored around individuals 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 support at our offices based in Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple.

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.

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.