Published: Tuesday 10 August 2021

A new digital directory of services has been launched across the North West to help survivors of sexual violence find support.

www.sexualviolencesupport.co.uk features a postcode search function which allows users to find local support services.

The website also contains Survivor Support Packs which are downloadable resources created in collaboration with survivors. These packs provide all the information you need to know around the definitions of sexual violence crimes, information for parents/carers on supporting children or how to have open conversations at home, and a simplified 15-step summary for the ‘report to court’ process.

Becky Johnston, Sexual Violence Communication and Engagement Manager and project manager for the website said:

“Until now, if a survivor was to look for support online, the information can be confusing and overwhelming.

“There are loads of support organisations out there but it’s hard to know which one is specifically commissioned for the area you live in. You could contact an organisation then be referred onto another, then another - a process which when speaking to some survivors has been described as a deterrent for seeking support.

“This new website has been built in collaboration with survivors and using their feedback to improve access to services. We really hope this site makes the process easier for survivors.”

The website has been built in collaboration with North West Police Crime Commissioners, NHS England, and Sexual Assault & Abuse Services.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said:

“Providing a directory like this which is tailored to the area you live in can really help those who have been subject to sexual abuse.

“Knowing that the person on the other end of your telephone or email is aware of the area you live in can help you feel at ease, and helps you to realise that help and support is close at hand.”

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence, you can contact the police on 101 or find your local specialist support service via www.sexualviolencesupport.co.uk. In an emergency always dial 999.