Project information

Support for survivors of sexual abuse

We support and empower survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Birmingham and Solihull to cope with trauma and rebuild wellbeing, confidence and hopefulness. Sexual violence and abuse can affect anyone and so we support survivors of any age, and any gender.

Ongoing running costs

Charity information: Birmingham Rape And Sexual Violence Project

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  • Need


    Rape, childhood sexual abuse, exploitation, coercion, trafficking and modern slavery are a global epidemic. Approximately 97,000 adults are raped every year in England and Wales, and 1 in 20 children have been sexually abused. Only 15% of survivors report sexual violence and abuse to the police. Sexual violence has a profound impact on survivors’ physical and mental health and their relationships with others. Survivors deserve compassionate support, to lead a hopeful future free from abuse.


    We’ll provide a range of innovative services, including counselling, advocacy, self-help, helpline and social activities. Specialist support is available to children and families, LGBT and refugee clients. Due to increasing need for support for young people, we will increase our children’s services, supporting more children to cope with trauma. We will offer more services to survivors with access needs, namely telephone counselling, and outreach support in community locations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Children who have experienced abuse will receive more practical and emotional support.


    » Increase the number of counselling sessions we offer to children and families who have been affected by sexual abuse.
    » Increase the number of advocacy sessions we offer to children and families who have been affected by sexual abuse.

    What success will look like

    We will show an increase in counselling and advocacy sessions offered to children has risen from an average of 70 a month, to 95 a month.

    Aim 2

    Survivors with access needs i.e. disabilities will have more ways of accessing counselling services


    » Increase outreach counselling support in community locations across the large geographical area RSVP supports.
    » Increase telephone counselling support

    What success will look like

    10 more clients with access needs will receive outreach counselling ( 84 per year). 10 more clients with access needs will receive telephone counselling (23 per year).

  • Impact


    Survivors will experience increased emotional wellbeing and confidence, increased ability to cope with the effects of abuse, increased feelings of independence and reduced feelings of isolation. This will be demonstrated by our bespoke monitoring tool that measures wellbeing outcomes through feedback from survivors.


    There is an increase in need for support for the effects of abuse. We supported 1548 adult and child clients in counselling last year, an increase of 27% from the previous year, 1046 adult and child clients in advocacy last year, a 64% increase from the previous year) and 2045 helpline callers, an 18% increase from the previous year.
    In response we are increasing our income so that we can increase our service capacity and diversifying our services.


    Donors will receive a quarterly report detailing our activities, the change the support is making for clients, a case study of a client who has benefited from the services and an update of future activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Children's counselling costs Salary and employer costs
      £3,000 Child advocacy costs Salary and employer costs
      £5,000 Telephone counsellor costs Salary, employer and traning costs
      £5,000 Outreach counsellor costs Salary, employer and room hire costs
  • Background


    Birmingham contains 26 neighbourhoods defined as 'highly deprived' (2015 National Deprivation Indices), and is ranked nationally as the sixth most deprived local authority. Birmingham is a young city; it has the highest proportion of children and young people than any major city in Europe, and over 45% of Birmingham’s population is under 30. Birmingham is an ethnically diverse city; 42% of its residents are from an ethnic group other than white.


    Survivors of sexual violence in Birmingham and Solihull. We support survivors of any age, (the youngest client we currently work with is 2 years old, oldest clients we currently work with are in their 70s). We support clients of any gender, with LGBT support available to trans and non-binary clients. RSVP offer services to supporters of survivors too, including parents, partners and friends so that they can better support their loved ones and cope with the impact of abuse on the whole family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been supporting clients with our empathic services since 1978. We are trusted in the community as the ‘go to’ service for sexual violence support and we have strong working relationships with sexual health clinics, the police, schools and colleges, social services and other charities such as Women’s Aid and Barnardo’s. Our advocacy team received the Limelight national ‘outstanding team’ award in 2016, acknowledging their pioneering holistic support for survivors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anjella Darcy

    Head of Counselling and Wellbeing Services

    Yvonne Langham

    Head of ISVA (advocacy) services