First Light provide therapeutic support to children, young people and adults living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who are currently, or who have previously been, affected by domestic abuse and / or sexual violence.

This therapeutic support is provided on a one-to-one, group, and face-to-face basis and is delivered Monday to Friday, at a time and place to suit a client’s needs. It is particularly suited to adults, young people and children who are unable to attend a Recovery Programme.

Referrals into all aspects of the service should be made by:

  • Phoning 0300 777 4 777 (For service users requiring advice or wishing to self-refer)
  • Phoning 01872 241 711 (For professionals requiring advice prior to making a referral)
  • Online referral

Types of support

An experienced counsellor, assesses individuals and families to determine their eligibility for therapy. Interim interventions are provided to support service users whilst waiting for a therapeutic intervention.

The therapeutic offer is integrative, trauma-informed and delivered by registered therapists. This can include play therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, child psychotherapy, family therapy and therapeutic group-work.

Initial assessment

Before any therapy begins, a client or their parent is asked to take part in a telephone assessment. Following assessment, we may identify that a client might not be quite ready for therapy or that therapy is not suitable for the client. In this instance, we may signpost a client to another service.


We provide therapy in geographical locations throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We work in partnership with Outlook Southwest and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust to deliver the therapeutic service.

We provide therapy to any client aged five or over who has suffered from either domestic abuse or sexual violence at any time in their lives. There is no upper age limit. Referrals can be made by the client themselves, or by a professional on their behalf.