19 April 2021

Survive launches helpline to support those affected by sexual violence

Specialist support is available each Monday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm for the survivors who need it.

York-based charity Survive has extended its services to survivors of sexual violence by introducing a weekly helpline with its specially trained support workers and volunteers.

The new service, which started this month, complements Survive’s existing counselling, trauma therapy and support work services offering free, anonymous, and confidential support to callers.

Mrs Mags Godderidge, Survive Chief Executive Officer commented: “At the end of the first lockdown we experienced an increase in demand for our services. The introduction of the helpline comes as we expect a similar pattern to emerge from the current lockdown.

“Hopefully, this will allow any survivor who may be struggling with the trauma of what has happened, to call us and initiate a journey which will lead to rebuilding their lives and relationships as well as finding a way to realise their full potential.”

The helpline is open every Monday between 4pm and 7pm on 0808 145 1887. Any adult over 18, impacted directly or indirectly by sexual violence – without identifying themselves – can speak in confidence to Survive specialists. They will offer both emotional support and information.

“We anticipate calls will not only come from the survivors of sexual violence but from parents, carers, friends and family members as well. Through the advice given, we hope to start recovery journeys for them as well.”

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