A local service offering counselling, specialist therapeutic support, advocacy, practical assistance and trauma interventions to women aged 13 plus and young men aged 13-25. Also offer a telephone helpline service and email support service to victims, their family, friends and partners. 

 

Contact Details

  • Helpline available Monday 6pm to 9pm, Wednesday 10am to 1pm and Friday 6pm to 9pm
  • Helpline - 01392 204174 Office - 01392 208756 (for professionals wanting to make a referral or enquiry)
  • support@devonrapecrisis.org.uk
  • www.devonrapecrisis.org.uk
  • Devon Rape Crisis, PO Box 765, Exeter, EX1 9TG
  • Self referral

Services

  • Confidential and anonymous advice provided to women over the age of 18
  • Advice and practical support following a rape or sexual assault, including help on reporting
  • 1-2-1 support
  • Advocacy
  • Support for women who are currently experiencing sexual abuse or harassment
  • Support for women who have recently experienced sexual abuse or harassment
  • Support for women who have experienced sexual abuse or harassment in the past, no matter how long ago this happened
  • Support for victims of human trafficking, female genital mutilation or honour based violence
  • Support and advice for partners, family and friends of people who have experienced any of the above
  • Signposting for male survivors to relevant support service(s)
  • Signposting for LGBT survivors to relevant support service(s

 

What we do

Devon Rape Crisis Service (DRCS) is a specialist service run by women for women aged over 18 years old and from all backgrounds who live in Devon (not including Plymouth). It is a free, confidential support and advocacy service to women who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, “honour based” violence, female genital mutilation or any form of sexual violence, whether physical, verbal or emotional.

Our approach

All of our services are focused on supporting women to both cope with and recover from the sexual violence they have experienced, whenever it happened.  We are a needs-led, flexible service and believe that women can take control back over their lives.  We are an outcomes-based service, focused on rebuilding the health, resilience and support structures of our service users. 

Our telephone and email services are available on a completely anonymous basis in recognition of the particular issues of shame, taboo and fear that can be a feature of sexual violence.

What services we offer

Telephone Helpline; this is open three times a week.  It is a free, confidential service providing information, listening, emotional support, signposting and direct referrals to appropriate services. 

Email support; this service can be accessed totally anonymously and offers information, signposting and emotional support.  It is often used by women as a first step to our other services as it provides a very safe initial point of contact

Ongoing specialist face to face support; our support is individually tailored around individual women in terms of their specific coping and recovery needs.  We offer emotional support, psycho education, psychosocial education, exploration of options, specific strategies for addressing trauma symptoms, guidance on making sense of and processing unhelpful thoughts and feelings, strengthening resilience and resources.  We offer 8 sessions of support followed by a review and, if the woman still has objectives that we are the most appropriate agency to deliver, a further 8 sessions of support.

Advocacy; We can support women to get their voices heard, to make complaints and representations and to gain access to services.

Practical; we can accompany to appointments that they may find difficult or impossible on their own, including GPs, sexual health clinics, dentists, hospitals, housing departments

Advice and Consultation; We are able to provide information and support to other agencies contacting our service to ask about a woman that they are working with or who may have a general question.


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