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Rape Crisis England and Wales is organising a petition to the Home Office to secure funding for a national Helpline for rape and sexual violence.

There is an existing helpline, run by a centre in Croydon but this receives no national funding and struggles to find funds for the service.

The Home Office funds other national helplines, for example, for domestic violence - but not for sexual violence.

Please print off the petition, sign it and get it signed by your friends, partners, colleagues, family members and send it on to Devon Rape Crisis at PO Box 765, Exeter, EX1 9TG.

Click here to download and print the petition (PDF)


Professor Marianne Hester

Professor Marianne Hester OBE (MA Oxon, Phd Leeds) is the Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the school for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and Patron of South Tyneside Women's Aid. She has been involved in the Rape Crisis Movement in the UK for many years and has worked in close collaboration with organisations such as Women's Aid that provide services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. She was involved with Rape Crisis in Leeds from 1979 and with Rape Crisis in Exeter from 1989 to approx 1994.

A powerful silent vigil in the town centre, a moving performance and speech and finally .................... a very, very energetic dance!!!!


"Meeting the Minister of Justice"

Linda Regan, the Chair and Fee Scott, Service Manager had a productive meeting with Chris Grayling, Minister for Justice on 31st January 2013, organised by our wonderful patron, Sarah Wollaston MP. It was the Ministry that gave Devon Rape Crisis start-up funding in 2011 and still part funds the organisation so it was a good time to give the Minister an update on our progress. He was very impressed with how we had set up a new service from scratch and was genuinely interested in how our services are organised and delivered. He was particularly interested in the low reporting rates of sexual violence and keen on gaining our advice on the measures needed to help women feel more confident about reporting these crimes.

Join our protest against the one third of women who will experience violence in their lifetime
Support our sisters in India as they fight to change culture
Acknowledge the women in every country who suffer violence and oppression
Get ready to make some noise .....
Get ready to dance .....
Exeter - Thursday 14th February 2013
4.15pm - 5.45pm Restless Theatre, Bike Shed Theatre, Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AT
5.45pm - 6.15pm Silent Vigil, Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1LX
6.15pm - 6.45pm Performance of "Seven", short film and inspiration! St Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter, EX4 3LN
6.45pm - 8.00pm DANCE!!!!! at St Stephens Church, High Street, Exeter, EX4 3LN
Come... bring your friends, family, partners... bring a banner to the silent vigil... bring your energy, determination and power...

A huge thank you to Jo Farhan, one of our amazing volunteers who raised £437 for Devon Rape Crisis!

When not delivering a crucial service for DRCS in North Devon, Jo works as a massage therapist. She organised a Holistic Fayre in Barnstaple on 13th December, gathering together many of her peers from the therapeutic world - all of whom gave their time for free.

As well as offering taster sessions of different holistic therapies, people donated cakes and other items to raise funds for us. We are astounded by the results! A big thank you to everyone in North Devon who made the event a success.

Jo and the other Holistic Therapists from North Devon and the Fayre


On the 2nd December 2012, Devon Rape Crisis held it's second awayday for the whole organisation. This is an opportunity for Patrons, Trustees, Staff and Volunteers to come together, celebrate achievements and plan for the future. Thirty members of the organisation spent a precious Sunday together - working on issues in the morning, followed by a celebratory lunch afterwards. It was particularly exciting to welcome the new cohort of volunteers into the organisation. Twelve women recently completed our three month course on 'Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence' and are about to join the existing volunteers to make a total of 27 committed, skilled, amazing women. Thank you to them for bringing life into the organisation.


Have you heard of the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners? Many people haven't, but the new Police & Crime Commissioners will have a huge influence in deciding future funding for rape, domestic and sexual abuse services, alongside a wide range of other services. If you care about protecting local services, including your local Rape Crisis centre, we ask that you look at the candidates in your area and vote in the Police & Crime Commissioner election on Thursday 15th November 2012.

It takes just three simple steps:

1. Make sure you're registered to vote with your local council.

2. Find out what they're saying about the issues that matter to you - candidates in Devon and Cornwall are:

  • Nicky Williams - Labour
  • Tony Hogg - Conservative
  • Brian Blake - Liberal Democrat
  • Brian Greenslade - Independent
  • Graham Calderwood - Independent
  • Ivan Jordan - Independent
  • John Smith - Independent
  • Tam Macpherson - Independent
  • William Morris - Independent
  • Bob Smith - UKIP

3. On Thursday 15th November 2012 go out and vote!

Finally, tell people about the elections - not everyone is aware how much influence the Police & Crime Commissioners will have or even know that the elections are happening at all, so spread the word!

Please click on the link below to read more about the candidates:

Nicky Williams, the Labour candidate in the PCC Election visited our offices back in August.

Please click on the link below to read her story:

Devon Rape Crisis Service is really excited to be launching our new email support service. We are particularly pleased because service developed in direct response to women using our services. We were receiving lots of emails asking for support on our administration email address so we decided to set up a dedicated email account in order to offer this. A key feature of our email support service is that it is anonymous; we have a system which removes email addresses so we do not have any identifying details of callers. At the moment emails are answered once a week by a team of trained volunteers but we hope to increase this in the future. There is a full FAQ section on using the email service in the "Our Services" section of the website.


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