Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services specialist support is available to people living in Devon and Torbay aged 13 upwards, irrespective of gender identity or sex, who has experienced historic or recent Rape, Sexual Assault, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Ritual Abuse, Forced Marriage, 'Honour' Crimes, Sexual Intimidation, Sexual Harassment or ANY form of sexual violence.
Our support is available for survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse aged 13 and over living in Devon and Torbay (but not Plymouth). It doesn’t matter if the abuse took place yesterday or sixty years ago, we are here to help.
We also offer limited support to the families, friends and partners of those affected by sexual violence via our telephone helpline and email support service.
Why We May Not Be Able To Offer Direct Support
We are a specialist sexual violence agency. Whilst we always try and be flexible, there are some circumstances where we’re not able to provide support.
The work we do requires you to be in a safe place and ready to engage in recovery from sexual violence. This means that we are unable to support anyone in a current or recent risk situation such as;
• someone who has been in a domestic abuse or stalking situation in the past 6 months
• someone talking about suicide planning or has had recent suicide attempts and is not involved with another agency willing to manage that risk, eg. GP, crisis team or other mental health services
• someone currently being investigated for, or who have been convicted of, sexual violence or assault
This is because the support that we provide is therapeutic and not safety planning or risk management. We work closely with other specialist organisations that are best placed to provide support and safety in these situations.
We do not work with people already in receipt of therapeutic services with another organisation.