OUR SERVICES

Counselling
Face to face emotional support for men, women and transgender survivors of sexual assault or rape
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Helpline
Confidential, non-judgemental listening support on 01202 308855
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ISVA
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors provide practical and emotional support, information and guidance
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Children & Young People (CYP)
Specialist counselling and ISVA services for children and young people
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OUR Patron

Julie Hesmondhalgh

As Trish Winterman in Broadchurch

I am very proud to be Patron of Dorset Rape Crisis, having seen at close quarters the important work they do in incredibly challenging circumstances. The help they gave me whilst researching my role as Trish in the third series of Broadchurch was priceless, I couldn’t have done it without them, and what I learned had a profound effect on me.  
 
The overwhelming numbers of women coming forward to report serious sexual assaults and rapes is staggering, and this stretched and underfunded vital service is working miracles in terms of providing immediate and long term support for survivors, of all ages and from all social groups, many of whom have literally nowhere else to turn. 
 

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS SAY

I've been a volunteer counsellor at DRCSC since May 2014 and although the work can be challenging, seeing the clients grow is the best reward imaginable! The training and support provided is excellent and I feel very lucky to be part of such an amazing team 😊
Katie
Counsellor
The training I received prior to becoming a volunteer at DRCSC has been invaluable. I consider it a privilege to work in a place that provides an outstanding service for those who use it. It is also reassuring to work along side other volunteers who share the same levels of professionalism and passion in a service where I feel very supported in my practice.
Hayley B
Counsellor
I have long held the aspiration of working with young people, however was only ever told that you could be a teacher or a childcare worker, so I fell into administration as my career. I ended up job hopping every couple of years as Admin wasn't giving me the personal or professional fulfilment I was looking for. I had heard about the Rape Crisis through a close friend and was instantly interested in supporting such a worthy cause. I've now been on the helpline for over 8 months now and have learnt a wealth of knowledge along the way, as well as getting involved in campaigning at local events. With the immaculate training provided I was able to take a leap of faith and applied for a support worker role, one that I personally did not feel I had the skill set for, however after an unexpected interview I was told I had been successful and was offered the job. Feedback I was given was that they were so impressed with the amount of work/training I had done with the charity that sold my application and the skills/knowledge I have gained because of it. I cannot thank DRCSC enough for their continued support and look forward to supporting them with future campaigns
Autumn
Counsellor
It’s a sometimes challenging but very worthwhile experience being involved giving emotional support on the Helpline. It’s not rocket science and it isn’t for everybody but for me, it gives me a sense that at times, I can make a difference to another person’s life
Jess
Helpline Volunteer
I initially started the helpline in order to push myself out of my comfort zone and use my free-time to support others. However, my volunteer experience has been extremely rewarding and has massively changed my outlook on life. It has allowed me to be flexible with other commitments, whereby I've recently been able to take some time off to focus on my university work. And so, I feel privileged to be apart of the DRCSC team.
Kirsten
Helpline Volunteer
Being a helpline listener is hugely rewarding. I've learnt new skills, met new people, learnt about myself and been there for people during a difficult time in their lives. DRCSC provides great initial and ongoing training, support and a warm, friendly environment in which to grow as a volunteer
John
Helpline Volunteer

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