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Plymouth Therapy Update

2019-07-23T14:14:26+01:00|5. Our Sexual Violence Services, 8. News|

PRESS RELEASE 23/07/2019 First Light are pleased to announce the expansion of their sexual violence counselling provision in Plymouth to include victims of historic sexual abuse. The charity is asking people in Plymouth to get in touch if they have been affected by sexual violence to see if the therapy service is appropriate for [...]

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Press Release

2018-01-31T12:37:22+01:00|4. About Sexual Violence, 8. News|

PRESS RELEASE Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Press Release - action on Disclosure and urgent sexual violence case review On Saturday 27 January, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced a package of measures to improve the criminal justice system. These relate specifically to the Disclosure of evidence to defence lawyers. Alison Saunders, the Director [...]

Rape victims in Devon and Cornwall can now ask for help without reporting the crime first

2017-07-28T07:31:53+01:00|5. Our Sexual Violence Services, 8. News|

Victims of sexual violence are now able again to access to specialist Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) in Devon and Cornwall, without having to report the crime first. The Cove (Plymouth) and The Willow Centre (Cornwall) are expecting a sharp increase in victims and survivors coming forward for medical and emotional support. Tom Dingwall, Chief Executive [...]

Crisis Workers

2018-12-13T14:43:11+01:00|5. Our Sexual Violence Services|

A crisis worker is a highly trained, yet compassionate and empathetic professional, who is skilled at supporting people at a time of trauma and personal crisis. All of our crisis workers are female and have been selected on the basis of their integrity and openness. They know how important it is for your voice to [...]

Considering Reporting to the Police

2017-07-24T22:05:02+01:00|4. About Sexual Violence|

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary are committed to supporting those who have experienced rape or serious sexual assault. They have specially trained officers - Sexual Offences Liaison Officers (SOLOs) who can assist you through the Criminal Justice process, if that is what you decide you want to do. This information has been put together by Devon [...]

Gathering Evidence

2017-07-25T09:25:48+01:00|4. About Sexual Violence|

A forensic medical examination is an invaluable way to collect evidence against a perpetrator. Since the great majority of victims know their assailant, the purpose of the medical examination is often not to establish identity but to establish non-consensual sexual contact. A forensic medical examination is carried out by a qualified Forensic Physician (FP) with [...]


2017-07-24T22:05:02+01:00|4. About Sexual Violence|

If you have been the victim of sexual abuse you may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This kind of criminal injury wrecks lives and can have a far more deep rooted effect on the victim than a violent physical assault. Some people struggle with the thought of claiming [...]

How might I feel after an assault?

2017-07-24T22:05:02+01:00|4. About Sexual Violence|

If you have been a victim of sexual violence, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions and reactions that can be very upsetting. This is quite normal for someone who has been through such a traumatic experience. You may feel: Shock and numbness Shame and humiliation Distress Fear Anger Guilt and self- blame [...]

Sexual Health and Pregnancy

2017-07-24T22:05:02+01:00|4. About Sexual Violence|

The immediate hours and days after a sexual assault can be traumatic, distressing and chaotic, and we appreciate that you may be feeling emotional, distracted and numb. However, it is our job to ensure you're safe, well and healthy, so it's very important to seek advice about emergency contraception, sexual health treatment and pregnancy. If [...]