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We are here for you! Support available for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and violence

Synergy Essex, the Essex partnership of SERICC, Southend On Sea Rape Crisis and CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) provides a single point of access to support victims and survivors of sexual violence and sexual abuse across Thurrock, Southend and Essex.

Rebekah Brant, SERICC Services Delivery Manager, said: “We know that survivors of sexual violence and sexual abuse may be facing further challenges during this difficult time. For those victims and survivors who are awaiting court dates it’s been particularly difficult and we are working closely with criminal justice services to ensure victims and survivors are supported and informed. As always, our specialist staff teams will ensure contact is made with the most appropriate support service that we offer. Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisers and advocates are providing support to anyone who has recently reported to the police or are awaiting updates from the courts.”

You can refer yourself or friends and relatives or if you are a professional you can access specialist support for people you are working with. To find out more about our support services please visit https://synergyessex.org.uk/. You can call us on 0300 003 7777 or email support@synergyessex.org.uk

Victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse are being given vital remote access to support during lockdown. During the Coronavirus lockdown, specialist sexual violence counselling and advocacy continues, with telephone and online support and resources on hand. The service is anonymous and confidential. There are resources available online https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/looking-for-tools-to-help-you-cope/

The service is supported, funded and commissioned by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst. He said: “It is important that people are aware that these vital services are still available despite the Coronavirus pandemic. We are here for you and can support you. Please reach out for help if you need it.”

Further support information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-sexual-violence-and-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-sexual-violence-and-abuse

If you would prefer to speak to someone on line you can at https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/live-chat-helpline/about-the-live-chat-helpline/

All digital support services can be found at https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus/

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