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Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre is a pan Dorset charity at present based in Poole near the town centre, but our vision is to eventually develop hubs throughout the county.

We began 24 years ago as East Dorset Rape Crisis Helpline run by women volunteers for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. In the 1990s we became Dorset Rape Crisis Line.

In 2011 we received Ministry of Justice funding to develop into a centre offering emotional and practical services county-wide for men, women, children and young people.  These include the Helpline, face to face counselling and emotional support and practical support and advocacy.  We have become Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre. The grant covers most of our running costs at the moment, but as the number of referrals increases, we will need even more financial support.

DRCSC is affiliated to The Survivor’s Trust (TST), an umbrella organisation supporting those who work with sexual violence throughout the United Kingdom. TST and DRCSC are both completely independent of government control and the criminal justice system.

We have always had to fund raise to keep going for 24 years, but the expansion of our service is a huge commitment. You can help us by clicking on the donate button.

 

Other useful numbers:

www.victimsupport.org.uk

www.fpa.org.uk for a Gum Clinic (Sexual Health)

www.childline.org.uk

www.dorset.police.uk

www.samaritans.org

 

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