New specialist counselling service launched in Leeds for women affected by rape and sexual violence

6 Oct 2016

The new service has been established at a time when the number of callers to the charity’s helpline almost doubled in 2015, with 954 women and girls receiving support in 2014 and 1,861 receiving support in 2015. Nationally, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has reported that there were 88,106 police recorded sexual offences in the year ending March 2015 in England and Wales, an increase of 37% compared to 2014. This was the highest yearly figure recorded by the police.

The counselling service is available in one-to-one or group formats for any woman aged 18 and above who has experienced rape and/or sexual violence of any kind at any times in their lives. Women can self-refer or be referred by other agencies or organisations, and it provides women with an opportunity to:

  • Talk about the issues affecting them with trained women counsellors who have worked specifically with survivors of rape and/or sexual violence
  • Develop their ability to manage a wide range of difficulties such as stress, relationship problems, personal development, anxiety, traumatic experiences and low moods
  • Feel supported to make changes in the areas of their life that they are struggling with
  • Look at negative experiences in their past and be supported to understand how they can develop new ways to manage these experiences

The counselling service is available to women aged 18+ regardless of disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, nationality and national origin, religion and belief and sexual orientation. SARSVL is wheelchair accessible and we work with interpreters.

If you would like to access the counselling service please call 01132 200 2936 or email [email protected]. To find out more about the counselling service visit www.supportafterrapeleeds.org.uk/counselling