Please note that as from this week (beginning Monday 3rd September 2012), our helpline hours have changed. They are as follows:
Monday - 3pm until 6pm, Wednesday 10am until 1pm and Friday 6pm until 9pm.
The helpline number is still the same 01392 204174.
One of our volunteers Debbie is running the Bristol half marathon on the 30th September with her friend Annie Broadbent. Annie was part of the group who initially set up Devon Rape Crisis Service in 2011 to whom we are eternally grateful. Details of the marathon are in the following link.
They are both running the marathon in aid of Devon Rape Crisis Service, therefore if you would like to sponsor them, then you can do so by texting DRCS33 .. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10) to 70070 or click on our donate page.
We would like to thank Debbie and Annie for raising money and awareness of Devon Rape Crisis Service and wish them luck in the marathon.
Debbie running the marathon in 2011
Isca College of Media & Arts held a two night production of Mulan on the 4th and 5th July. Devon Rape Crisis Service were there to raise money and awareness.
St Sidwells Volunteer Fair Fun Day took place on Saturday 16th June 2012. Devon Rape Crisis held a stall at the St Sidwells Community Centre which helped raise awareness about our services and volunteering opportunities.
On Sunday 27th May 2012, Devon Rape Crisis Service held it's first Awayday for the whole organisation. Volunteers, Staff, Trustees and Patrons gathered at the City Gate Hotel in Exeter to work together on the development of the strategic plan.
Values were re-visited, our sucessess so far were celebrated and we started to hone the aims and objectives for Devon Rape Crisis Service for the next 5 years.
It was a lovely and positive day and was the first Awayday in what are planned to be six monthly events.
Devon Rape Crisis Service is looking for female volunteers in Devon to support women who have experienced rape or sexual violence at any time in their lives. All volunteers provide support on the telephone helpline which is based in Exeter and those who want to can also carry out face to face support at selected venues around Devon. We welcome applications from women who are disabled, from all ethnic backgrounds, lesbians and bisexuals and of all ages.
All volunteers will carry out training in Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence which is accredited by the Open College Network. The training will run on Tuesday evenings during September and October in central Exeter plus there is a residential weekend at the end of September. Deadline for applications is 22nd June 2012
This new report shows that in many parts of the country, services for women who have experienced violence are chronically under-funded or simply do not exist. Women shouldn't be subjected to this postcode lottery.
This is a call to action for everybody who cares about this issue, and a firm reminder for those in local and national government with the power to make a difference. Urgent effort must be made to provide funding and support to ensure that all women can get help whenever they need it and wherever they live.
Please use the following link to view the Map of Gaps 2 Report.
Devon Rape Crisis Service (DRCS), based in Exeter, is seeking new members to join its Board of Trustees.
Devon Rape Crisis Service is a specialist support service for women and girls living in Devon who have experienced any form of sexual violence, recently or in the past.
Not either/or but both/and: Why we need Rape Crisis Centres and Sexual Assault Referral Centres
The development of provision for victims-survivors of sexual assault has historically been piecemeal and locally specific.
Rape Crisis Centres (RCCs) and, more recently, Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs), have been established in certain parts of the UK but there is a lack of uniformity.
There is currently confusion at the political and policy levels in understanding the role each type of service plays in supporting victims-survivors and in terms of which is most actively promoted. It would even appear that the government is an exponent of SARCs whilst the opposition supports RCCs.
This briefing shows that both RCCs and SARCs are vital for survivors and delivery of policy targets: this is not a case of either/or but both/and.
"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"