West Mercia Rape And Sexual Abuse Support Centre
Who we are
A free, confidential, non-judgemental support service for survivors who have experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse at any time.
The trauma caused by sexual abuse may not surface for many years after the event. We treat all calls equally sensitively and confidentially, appreciating the courage required to break silence, overcome guilt and threats, and share the events of the past whether they happened days or years ago.
This service offers telephone support and information for survivors, their carers and supporters, as well as to professionals seeking information.
We offer counselling to survivors aged 11+ provided by qualified counsellors and counselling students in their final year of placement. All of our counsellors have also successfully completed our nationally accredited training programme and are supervised by qualified Clinical Supervisors within WMRSASC.
Clients wishing to access this service firstly meet with the Counselling Manager for an Initial Assessement to discuss counselling and their requirements from the service. Counselling takes place on a weekly basis depending on the client’s availability, and may be short or long term depending on the individual’s needs. Supporters and carers of survivors may also access this service if they have been affected by the survivor’s experience of sexual violence or abuse.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Services (ISVAs, ChISVAs & FISVAs)
Our ISVA team are independent workers who can provide practical and emotional support to individuals, aged 5 or over, who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their life. Some people decide to report to the police, some do not, and some are unsure and may be considering this option. The worker will support you regardless of whether you are reporting the matter to the police or not.
The ISVA team consists of:
• Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), who provide support to individuals aged 18+.
• Children & Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ChISVAs) who provide support to individuals aged 5-17, a ChISVA may also work with individuals aged 18-25 where they have additional needs.
• Family Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (FISVAs) who provide support to the supporters of survivors, most commonly parents, partners and family members. The FISVA role enables the youngest survivors of sexual violence, those aged 5 and under, to receive support through the FISVA engagement with their parent or carer.
WMRSASC offers volunteering opportunities and provides comprehensive accredited training on the impacts and dynamics of sexual violence. We provide our volunteers with ongoing professional development and clinical supervision.
WMRSASC works in partnership with other professionals, groups and agencies to raise awareness and challenge issues around rape and sexual abuse and their effects on individuals and society. WMRSASC is also able to provide supervision for external agency workers.
As an Open College Network (OCN) accredited centre, WMRSASC provides bespoke specialist training courses in sexual violence including rape, child sexual abuse and exploitation. WMRSASC is accredited to deliver ‘Just Whistle’ CSE training courses and are Rape Crisis (England & Wales) trainers. WMRSASC also has a schools programme called the SELFIE Project which is designed to increase young people’s access to high quality sexual violence prevention and support.
WMRSASC is the only organisation in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to provide ongoing specialist support to the victims of rape and/or sexual violence. We have operated continuously since 1986 and have a proven track record of delivering high quality, well-used support services and innovating and developing new services.
We are here to provide support for change.