SARSAS

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support is a specialist support service for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives.

We are a specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives

SARSAS are a specialist support service for anyone who has experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. We offer:

  • Information
  • Emotional and practical support
  • Freephone helpline (0808 801 0456 for women and girls, 0808 801 0464 for men and boys)
  • E-support (support@sarsas.org.uk)
  • 1-1 support by phone or face to face
  • Specialist counselling
  • Facilitated support groups
  • Support resources

  • Gender: We provide support for women, men and non-binary survivors across B&NES, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
  • Age: 13+. Under 13 we will signpost to Childline, Children’s ISVA, Barnardos BASE or the Greenhouse in Bristol
  • Location: Bristol, BaNES, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire
  • Case type: Historic or recent

You will never have to tell us anything you do not wish to. We will not share information with anyone outside SARSAS without your permission. If you wish us to speak to someone else (eg. another organisation to help you access other services) we will need your consent. Confidentiality may only be breached if:

  • someone is at immediate risk of serious harm
  • we believe children may be at risk of harm or neglect
  • we are subpoenaed by a court of law.

If we believe it is necessary to breach confidentiality, we will make every effort to involve you in the decision.

No. SARSAS is independent from the police. We know how important it is for people to feel safe to talk and know that they can be in control of who they tell and when. We will support anyone who wants to report to the police and anyone who chooses not to as well.

All female staff

Volunteer helpline and support workers: Over 40 women give their time to support women who use our helpline and 20 give their time to provide 1-1 support. They all have to successfully complete 40 hours training, external supervision, in house continual support and access to ongoing training throughout the year. All have relevant life and work experiences.

12 paid staff come with a range of backgrounds from counselling, research and psychology. All staff receive external clinical supervision and internal management supervision and coaching.

5 female qualified counsellors deliver specialist counselling. All counsellors receive clinical supervision and internal management supervision. SARSAS are members of BACP and follow their ethical guidelines.

We are members of Rape Crisis England and Wales and meet 100% of their National Service Standards for specialist sexual violence services.

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Contact

0117 929 9556
01823 324 944
info@sarsas.org.uk

SARSAS
PO BOX 2942
Bristol
BS1 9EU

(Services in safe, accessible venues across the region)

Opening Hours

Women and girls helpline, 0808 801 0456:
Monday 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 6pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday 6pm - 8:30pm
Thursday 6pm - 8:30pm
Friday 11am - 2pm

Men and boys helpline, 0808 801 0464:
Monday 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 6pm - 8:30pm