Sexual Violence

Contacts for victims of sexual violence

The Dorset survivor pathway is a guide for anyone wanting to know more about specialist sexual violence support services in Dorset.

If you think you’ve suffered from sexual abuse, we can help. It is never your fault.

Local contacts: 

Local support

The Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service has said the following about sexual violence:

  • Rape is not sex which has gone wrong. It is a crime of sexual violence occurring without the consent of one of the people involved. Being forced or pressurised to have sex when you do not want to is a crime.
  • Rape or sexual assault can happen to anyone, male or female of any age or background.
  • The perpetrator is often someone you know such as a relative or partner, but it can also be a stranger or an acquaintance.
  • It is important for you to remember that there is no such thing as an uncontrollable sexual urge: you are NOT responsible for someone else’s actions.
  • You may have had a drink with your perpetrator before being attacked; drugs and alcohol are never the cause of rape or sexual assault. It is the perpetrator who chose to commit the crime not the drugs or the alcohol you may both have had before the attack.

Bournemouth Community Safety Partnership has an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service with nearby authorities.

 If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Dorset (The Shores) can help you. 

You can email them or call on 01202 552056