There is a new face-to-face emotional support service in Leeds offering support for women and girls who have been affected by rape and sexual violence.
Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL), the Leeds based charity support women and girls who have been affected by rape and sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives already run a telephone support line.
Una Morris from Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL), said:
“Since we started the telephone helpline in 2010 many survivors who contact us tell us that they would prefer to see a woman face-to-face to talk about their experiences. By extending our helpline services to offer support in this way, SARSVL is meeting a demand that we know exists.”
Appointments will be available on Mondays between 6pm and 8pm and Sundays between 2pm and 5pm. With five appointments slots available a week SARSVL will be able to provide face-to-face emotional support to up to 260 women and girls in Leeds each year.
SARSVL’s face-to-face emotional support service will operate in the same way as the other confidential helpline services – freephone, text and email – where women and girls talk about their feelings about rape and sexual violence and SARSVL’s trained helpline volunteers help them to explore their options, in a confidential and non-judgemental safe space.
“It is important to SARSVL that the services we provide are accessible and inclusive. While we recognise that face-to-face emotional support is not suited to all women and girls we hope that adding this new service increases the options for women and girls who need our services.”
Women and girls who would like to make an appointment for face-to-face emotional support should contact SARSVL’s telephone helpline (freephone 0808 802 3344) or email email@example.com.
The SARSVL helpline is open:
- Mondays: 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Tuesdays: 8:00 – 11:00pm
- Wednesdays: 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Fridays: 6:00 – 8:00pm
- Sundays: 2:00 – 5:00pm.
It is free to call SARSVL from mobiles and landlines on 0808 802 3344. Text SARSVL on 07797 803 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Face-to-face emotional support is available by appointment on Mondays and Sundays. Up to date information about Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds can be found at www.SupportAfterRapeLeeds.org.uk.