IN LIGHT of recent events surrounding sexual violence, we have complied a list of five organisations in and around Southampton that offer support for sexual abuse victims.

Cases of sexual assault, particularly against women, have been in the spotlight recently, leaving many to wonder where they can access support.

Violence against women and girls is not rare.

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Three women every two weeks on average are killed by their partner or ex-partner, and Office for National Statistics figures show every year that one in the three victims of domestic abuse are male, equating to 757,000 men.

There are many organisations and charities across the country that offer support for those who need it, but here are five Southampton residents can access.

CIS’ters

CIS’ters was founded in September 1995 by Gillian, a female survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a member of her immediate family.

Its mission is to raise awareness of the existence of sexual abuse during childhood and to highlight the needs of those directly and indirectly affected.

The organisation is peer based and offers adult females, who as female children were sexually abused within a family environment, the opportunity to join CIS’ters as a member.

CIS’ters also supports children and young people, men and women aged 18 and over and non-abusing parents and carers and other family members, partners and friends.

You can contact the organisation by emailing helpme@cisters.org.uk or calling 023 80 338080.

Yellow Door

Yellow Door started 35 years ago as a Rape Crisis service and has since expanded over the years to offer a range of prevention and support interventions to those affected by domestic abuse and related harmful practices.

The charity works with all ages and genders, and its services are free of charge.

Yellow Door aims to engage with and be accessible to all communities within the areas it covers.

If you would like support for yourself or someone else, visit https://yellowdoor.org.uk/start-here/contact-us/ to complete an online form.

If you are unable to fill in the form, call 023 8063 6312.

The Yellow Door helpline is open every Wednesday between 4-7pm on 023 8063 6313.

The Victim Care Service

The Victim Care Service provides free, confidential support for victims of crime who are residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, aged four upwards.

The service helps people to cope and recover from the effects of crime, including sexual abuse, regardless of whether or not it has been reported to the police.

Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Victim Care Service is delivered by Victim Support.

Call 0808 178 1641 or email hub.hiow@victimsupport.org.uk to get in touch.

START

START is a confidential, specialist counselling and support service for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual assault.

The services are offered to everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, cultural or religious background.

The counselling service is free, within NICE guidelines.

However, for those living outside START’s “core geographic areas”, a chargeable service is offered.

START’s closest counselling to Southampton is Westbury, 13 City Road, Winchester, SO23 8SD.

Referral forms can be found here https://start-org.uk/contact

The Frankie Service

Frankie Workers provide “therapeutic” counselling to children and young people aged 0-18 years and play therapy for children who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or female genital mutilation.

The service is inspired by Frankie, an adult survivor of child sexual abuse who is now in her early 20s.

All Hampshire enquiries and referrals are can be made via frankie@hants.gov.uk or 03707 793 512.