Vision, mission, values


Survive will work to helps all adult survivors of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist, trauma-informed services.



Survive wants all adults who have experienced been subjected to rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse to have access to its specialist, trauma-informed highly-valued services to:
• Find relief from distress;
• Discover self-worth;
• Rebuild lives and relationships;
• Explore and achieve their full potential.



Our values are integrity, inclusive, enabling, hope, and courageous advocacy.


Being open, honest, transparent and respectful in the way we work.

At all times, Survive will strive to communicate in an open, honest and transparent way. Our relationships with survivors and partners will be based on mutual respect and trust. We will offer a safe space to survivors of sexual trauma where they can explore and talk about what has happened to them.


Respecting differences while embracing diversity.

Survive‘s ethos is that everyone is equal. We respect differences while embracing diversity.


Helping survivors develop skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions.

Survive believes in survivor autonomy. We believe survivors are best placed to know what they need. We facilitate their exploration of options to make informed decisions. We put survivors at the heart of what we do. We develop and deliver a range of accessible, quality and evidenced-based services and innovate to meet the changing needs of survivors. By offering autonomy, we not only offer informed choices, we build confidence.


Offering hope to survivors that they can rebuild their lives and relationships following sexual trauma.

Survive strives to be compassionate in all that we do. We offer hope for positive change by helping our clients make sense of what has happened to them and reduce their feelings of isolation. By promoting self-worth, we help survivors find relief from the pain caused by sexual trauma and paths to reconnect with their lives and relationships.

Courageous advocacy

Challenging myths and those who don’t support survivors.

Survive will challenge those who do not support survivors. We will strive to raise awareness in all communities of the signs, prevalence and impact of sexual trauma including that which occurs between those who are or have been intimate partners. As the voice of survivors, we will challenge myths about sexual abuse. We will challenge and educate those in authority, in communities and in institutions to help them understand the pain of sexual trauma.

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I was in my 40s when I reached crisis point and was unable to function.

The abuse happened when I was a child and Survive was my last hope.

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