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
Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Service (DRCSAS) is a free, confidential specialist trauma support and advocacy service to those who have who have suffered rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
We are excited to confirm that this year we are expanding Reclaim the Night Devon to include marches in Barnstaple, Exeter & Torquay! We will also be holding women only craftivism (craft & activism) workshops facilitated by artist Catherine Cartwright and hosting a stall at Totnes Christmas Market.
We are working with our sister organisations Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, The Women’s Centre Cornwall and Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre to launch an exciting new project, funded by Comic Relief, looking at the needs and experiences of women over 55, across the South West of England, who have experienced sexual violence.
We are pleased to let you know that we have invited Christiane Sanderson (BSc MSc) back to Devon to present her latest training seminar ‘The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space’.
On Wednesday 4th September 2019 at Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB from 10am – 4.30pm.
An announcement was made on 2nd June on the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation in the London Gazette that Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services, a Devon wide charity offering specialist support to survivors of sexual violence, has received The Queens Award for Voluntary Services.
"I think EMDR has allowed me to process things far more than I was expecting, it was more effective than I was anticipating and I was surprised at how much different I felt after having it."
"DRCSAS has made a massive difference, I feel I have found myself – no longer just focused on what happened to me. I deal with things so much better and have a positive outlook on life that wouldn't have happened without DRCSAS."
"I feel positive about the future, being able to control my thoughts and emotions rather than them controlling me. I was sceptical at first wondering if it would work but I am amazed at the results. Would definitely recommend to anyone"