Mon 6.00pm-9.00pm, Wed 6.00pm-9.00pm & Fri 6.00pm-9.00pm.
We take the health and well-being of our service users, volunteers, staff and trustees extremely seriously and are continuously and closely monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19.
Providing survivors of sexual violence in Devon and Torbay with a safe and practical service is, and always will be, our primary goal. To ensure all survivors in Devon and Torbay are able to access support during these difficult times we are temporarily moving our helpline service from evening sessions to day time sessions and will be increasing the days it is available to 5 days a week; Mon to Friday 9am to 12pm.
The usual helpline hours will be closed this evening and the new helpline hours will commence tomorrow morning (19th March 2020) at 9am.
The email service also remains available 24/7 and should your email require a response you will receive this within 7 days.
As we monitor the situation and receive new advice things may change, however we will keep you updated on our Social Media pages and on our website where you can also find useful resources 24/7.
Whatever happens, we want victims and survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence living in Devon and Torbay to know that we are still here and you are not alone.
The DRCSAS team
"There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors"
- Adrienne Rich
Our support is for survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse aged 13 and over. We also offer limited support to the families, friends and partners of those affected by sexual violence.
We believe nobody should have to cope with rape or sexual abuse alone.
It does't matter if the abuse took place yesterday or twenty years ago, we are here to help.
We are excellent listeners and we will always believe you.
Alongside our specialist support, we are able to provide unbiased information on what your options and rights are, helping you to make an informed decision about the next steps.
We really understand how difficult it can be to seek support - but getting in touch is the first step to coping with and recovering from what has happened to you.
We know that it can feel particularly difficult to come forward if you are from a minority ethnic background and we want you to know that we are culturally sensitive and anti-racist.
If you are disabled, we want you to know that we are thoughtful and flexible about how we work so we can better meet your individual needs.
And we appreciate that if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans you may be hesitant about whether you can use our service and we want to reassure you that you can.
Regardless of the employment or job you are in (for example if you are a sex worker) – rape and sexual assault is never an occupational hazard and you will receive non-judgemental support from us.
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