About us

Survive delivers specialist trauma-informed services and trauma-informed interventions to adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse across North Yorkshire.

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Survive is the only specialist sexual violence agency in York and North Yorkshire accredited by the Survivors’ Trust, meaning we work to National Service Standards for delivery of services to survivors of sexual violence.

Survive also adheres to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions meaning we work ethically (embrace values, principles, personal moral qualities) and adopt good practice (put clients first​, work to professional standards etc).

We help survivors:

  • safely talk about their trauma avoiding re-traumatisation;
  • make sense of trauma symptoms;
  • develop skills and strategies to recognise and respond to triggers or intrusive memories;
  • recognise needs for self-care and emotional self-regulation
  • help survivors connect with internal strengths, external resources and build on strategies that help them feel more in control of lives and safer in here and now.

We help survivors cope and recover from what happened to them; help reduce their psychological distress and trauma symptoms – including reduction in guilt, shame and self-blame. We give survivors hope for a better future.




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Survive trustees play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of our charity.

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Vision, mission and values

Survive wants all who have experienced rape, sexual assault as adults or child sexual abuse to have access to its highly-valued services.

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Survive started in York in 1990 as a survivor-led support group for women who had experienced child sexual abuse.

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Policies and procedures

Survive will strive to communicate in an open, honest and transparent way.

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Annual Report

Survive's Annual Report and Accounts for 2022 - 2023.

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