Operating since 2004, Break The Silence provide a range of tailored, holistic support options for Survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, aged 13 years and above.
Options for support include; one to one professional counselling using qualified Psychotherapists, outreach counselling, couple support, complementary therapies, advocacy, group activities, and volunteering opportunities.
All support is designed to assist Survivors to work through their trauma, move forward and improve their social well-being and psychological health,enabling and supporting Survivors to achieve an attainable standard of living, health and family life.
We also provide professional counselling support for partners and family members of Survivors as we recognise that rape and childhood sexual abuse issues can also negatively impact partners and family members.
There is no cost to access our services. Funding is secured to cover the costs of our services through local authority contracts, Trusts and Foundation grants/awards, fundraising activities and donations to the charity.
Our service is confidential and personal information is held securely and in accordance with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data protection regulations.
Clinical staff are professionally qualified psychotherapists with either the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) or Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).
Break The Silence are organisational members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and are bound by its Ethical Framework for good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
PVG/Disclosure verification is carried out for all Break The Silence Board, Staff and Volunteers.
Training for public, private and third sector organisations and individuals is available from our clinical team and delivered to raise awareness of the issues and challenges experienced by Survivors, how to respond to disclosure of rape or abuse sensitively and appropriately and to promote equality for Survivors.
We engage in and promote activities which raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood sexual abuse in order to promote early intervention.
Break The Silence also represent Survivors on a number of key fora, both locally and nationally. Survivors are represented on our Board and we actively pursue the views of clients in order to help influence, shape and inform service design and to provide appropriate representation.