Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most. We’d also like to share with you that we often hear that people didn’t seek help for fear of not being believed, or because people haven’t believed them in the past. Break The Silence will believe you.

What Support is available to me from Break the Silence?

Our support includes;

  • One to one support
  • Outreach facilities
  • Couple support
  • Complementary therapies
  • Advocacy support
  • Justice/Reparation Guidance
  • Group Activities
  • Volunteering

A more detailed explanation of each section is available in our Support Section. However, we know you may have some questions about our organisation and how we operate and therefore we have provided some general information below which might be useful.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, or have a question about our services or support, then please speak directly with your Counsellor. Alternatively, if you’ve not yet joined our service, you can contact us here to submit your enquiry to our Administration Team who will be delighted to assist you.

What Should I Expect from Break The Silence?
  • Professionalism
  • A caring, safe environment
  • Confidentiality
  • The opportunity to build a trusting relationship and mutual respect of each other as individuals
  • Fortnightly support sessions lasting approximately 1 hour
  • Open ended sessions
  • Time out if required
  • Other therapies as agreed with your Counsellor

    We can offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), complementary therapies and group activities. For more details, please visit our Support Services section.

Who Do Break The Silence Support?

Break The Silence provide support for residents in East and North Ayrshire (aged 13+). In addition we can provide support for people who were abused/neglected as children while living in care in Scotland as we are a registered provider in partnership with Future Pathways.

Rape and childhood sexual abuse issues can affect family members as well as the victim. Finding out that a family member has experienced rape or sexual abuse can have a devastating effect and they may experience overwhelming feelings of distress, anger and guilt. We offer to see any non-abusing family member or partner over 13 years of age who feels they need to speak to someone. These sessions are free and are limited to 4 appointments.

Break the Silence welcomes people of all genders without prejudice and supports equality and diversity. However we are unable to support people who have committed, been charged, or convicted of a sexual offence.

Information Handbook & Survivor Guide

At your information session, Break The Silence will give you some materials for your reference including an Information Handbook and Survivor Guide. However we understand that some Clients may not wish to take these away and therefore these are available to view here for reference purposes.

Our Information Handbook provides detailed information for Clients on our services and may help answer more detailed questions. However as not all Clients may wish to take this away we have made this accessible online for reference purposes. Information Book

Our Survivor Guide, developed in partnership with our Client Led Advisory Group might also have some useful insight for Survivors. Survivor Guide