Project information

Emotional Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Your donation is for emotional support for Women and girls to recover from sexual violence. The support is free and confidential and aims to relieve the emotional, psychological and/or physical distress of sexual violence and its impact. With no help poor mental health can develop or worsen.


Charity information: Gloucestershire Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre

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  • Need


    Media reports on high profile legal cases (Operation Yew Tree, Jimmy Savile, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal), and depiction of sexual assault and abuse in popular dramas (such as The Archers, Broadchurch and Coronation Street) has raised public awareness and understanding of the effects of sexual assaults within communities. Nine out of ten victims know their attacker. Nearly two thirds (62%) of women who now contact us seek support for childhood sexual abuse.


    Our aim is to increase capacity to reduce waiting times; increase our provision in rural communities; develop our services for people with learning disabilities and engage more young people though our school education programme.
    Since 1984, Gloucester Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre’s objective is to empower women to find their own way of living for a future unconnected to their traumatic past, and to believe “I am not what happened to me, I am who I choose to become”.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For women and girls to be able to express their experiences, thoughts and feelings about experiences


    » Providing emotional support sessions for women and girls who have experienced any for of sexual violence.

    What success will look like

    Success demonstrated through women and girls accessing the support and engaging in 80% of the sessions provided.

    Aim 2

    To also provide emotional support for family members/carers/friends of survivors of sexual violence


    » Provide a family group for family and friends of survivors who would like advice on how to support their loved ones.

    What success will look like

    Through monitoring and evaluating the intervention using outcome tools, questionnaires and client feedback opportunities.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be displayed within the women and girls receiving the emotional intervention. Through regular monitoring and evaluating throughout the support. The outcomes will measure emotional health and wellbeing, relationships both family and externally indicating positive behavioural and coping strategies.


    The biggest risks could include not able to recruit an experienced or skilled team member; not being able to gain enough sustainable funding to deliver the project for more than 12 months or past when the funding generated from BigGive expires. We can mitigate against the first through ensuring the post is advertised in relevant professional recruitment sites. The second is mitigated against through our fundraising strategy which would prioritise additional continuation funding for this project.


    We use an online electronic case management system called LampLight. This system allows for staff to enter data in relation to the client from which we can then pull outcome reports across all demographics. We can provide reports quarterly which will include qualitative and quantitative information

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,385

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,300 Utilities rent, overheads, materials, admin
      £32,425 Salary Including pension and NI
      £2,660 Expenditure IT, Telephone, Training and Travel, Recuritment, Clinical Supervision
  • Background


    Gloucestershire is a diverse county with pockets of deprivation and contrasting pockets of wealth. There are thirteen areas of Gloucestershire in the most 10% deprived nationally for the overall Index of Multiple Deprivation, ten in Gloucester City and three in Cheltenham. Out of these thirteen areas, seven are in the most 10% deprived nationally for Health Deprivation and Disability and twelve are in the most 10% deprived nationally for crime.


    Women and girls aged 13 and above who have experienced any form of sexual violence, that occurred at any time of their life, will be eligible to access this service. Those that choose not to formally report to the Police will also be included as well as those who are having to go through the court process.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a unique and important part of the care pathway for female survivors of sexual violence in Gloucestershire in that we are the only specialist service that will support a survivor regardless of whether or not they are engaged with the criminal justice system, and regardless of when the sexual violence occurred. We empower them to make healthy decisions about their own lives and futures. Survivors tell us that our women only, trauma-informed environment in the centre enables them to feel

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louise Williams

    Management and strategic development including securing long term financial sustainability

    Indianna Knight

    Indianna is responsible for the monitoring, evaluation and outcome reporting of the project

    Christina Ruck

    Christina will be providing expertise in supporting young people who have experienced sexual violence and providing peer support

    Zareen Ahmed

    Zareen will be providing expertise in supporting young people who have experienced sexual violence and providing peer support