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Advocacy Counselling Helpline

SARSVL is the dedicated Rape Crisis Centre for all women and girls in Leeds affected by rape and sexual violence.

Call our helpline free on
0808 802 3344

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.

What
We Do

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.

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Current Service Provision

You can find more information regarding our Counselling service here. You can find more information regarding our Advocacy service here.  You can contact our Helpline and view their current opening hours here.

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“Honestly, I cannot express how much this charity saved me, saved my job, my relationship and helped me back on a road of self belief.”

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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.

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Helpline

Our Helpline is operating on reduced hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Call us free and confidentially.

SARSVL Phone Helpline is open Monday 12-2pm, Tuesday 8-10pm, Wednesday 6-8pm and Sunday 6.30-8.30pm on 0808 802 3344

SARSVL Text and Email Helpline
078 600 22 880support@sarsvl.org.uk
You can contact our text and email at any time services at any time, and we will be responding to messages
on Mondays 12-2pm, Tuesdays 8-10pm, Wednesdays 6-8pm and Sundays 6.30-8.30pm

We will continue to update our website and social media accounts with any changes to the Helpline service delivery.

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Volunteer

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.

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Make time for self care

Self-care tips on how to take time out when affected by media coverage of sexual violence.

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What to do after rape

Your next steps and choices. There is no time limit on which to report a rape or sexual assault to the police.

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Need an interpreter?

How our services can be accessed by women who require an interpreter.

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Latest News

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

A day in the life of an ISVA

1.What is an ISVA? Independent Sexual Violence Advocates/Advisors (ISVAs) are trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police.   2. What was your journey like to become an ISVA? HG: After graduating from University

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Friday, February 5th, 2021

Our helpline hours have changed!

From 9 February, the SARSVL helpline opening hours will be: Monday 12-2pm Tuesday 8-10pm Wednesday 6-8pm Sunday 6.30-8.30pm   The SARSVL helpline provides free, anonymous, confidential emotional listening support to women and girls with experience of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. For more information about the helpline, the different contact options, and

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Friday, February 5th, 2021

We want to hear from you…….SARSVL Service user questionnaire

SARSVL questionnaire (service users) SARSVL are in the process of devising our new 5 year business plan which will outline the priorities for our charity from March 2021 through to April 2026. It is important to us that women that have accessed or are still accessing SARSVL services are able to influence our charity: we

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Call our helpline free on
0808 802 3344

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.