Our service user Elizabeth waived her anonymity to speak out for survivors and our service in this BBC Look North report. There is not enough funding to meet the need of survivors coming forward, speaking up is the first step and we need more funding to provide much needed specialist counselling immediately after someone has taken that first step, without a waiting list.Donate Now
We are an independent feminist organisation offering a women only safe space and specialist support for any women and girls in Leeds who have been affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives and need our support. Nearly half the survivors we speak to are adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). We are trans inclusive.
There are a number of ways you can support us through volunteering – become a helpline volunteer answering calls and adminstering the day to day running of the helpline, or behind the scenes through governance, admin, marketing and fundraising.Volunteer
Make an online donation or choose from a range of fundraising options… there are many ways to financially support SARSVL here.Donate Now
Self-care tips on how to take time out when affected by media coverage of sexual violence.Read More
Your next steps and choices. There is no time limit on which to report a rape or sexual assault to the police.Read More
How our services can be accessed by women who require an interpreter.Read More
The SARSVL helpline will be open over the winter period as usual, with just 2 closures over the bank holidays of Monday 27th December and Monday 3rd January. We know that this period in particular can bring up lots of feelings that can be challenging. However you feel over the festive period is valid. We’reRead More
For the last several years, brilliant people have run sponsored races in aid of SARSVL, raising much-needed cash to support the women and girls of Leeds. 2020 was a year that put pause to this, with the pandemic bringing huge change, sadness, uncertainty, and radical shifts in the way we live, work, and deliver ourRead More
SARSVL is recruiting now for a new cohort of helpline volunteers. We’d love to hear from you if you think you can join our friendly team and support local women through the SARSVL telephone, text and email emotional support helpline. Being a Helpline Volunteer at SARSVL gives you the opportunity to make a difference inRead More
Your call should be answered immediately during our helpline opening times, unless we’re on another call. If we’re closed or on another call you can leave us a message and we’ll call you back.