We are a feminist organisation that supports all women and girls in Leeds who need us – we are trans inclusive – who have been affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives (that is important, nearly half the women we speak to are adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)). We promote their needs and rights and work towards the elimination of sexual violence.
The following values and principles underpin all of our work and activities:
confidentiality, trust and belief, respect, feminism, empowerment, diversity of provision, responsiveness, women-only safe space, partnership working, inclusion, accessibility, empathy, woman-centred practice led by the women we support, non-judgemental
Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) is a company limited by guarantee, registered with Companies House and a Charity registered with the Charity Commission. We have a small team of part time staff, a large cohort of volunteers who deliver services and support the delivery and development of those services and the promotion of our services. Our Board of Trustees consists of nine women who meet on a monthly basis to take forward development of SARSVL.
SARSVL is a member of Rape Crisis England & Wales the national charity and umbrella body for a network of independent member Rape Crisis Centres, and a member of the Helplines Partnership the membership body for organisations that provide helpline services in the UK and internationally.