Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre was set up as a confidential helpline in 1982 by a small group of local women. It was a response to a growing awareness of sexual violence against women and girls, and the need to provide a safe space.
This gave many women their first chance to talk openly about their experiences of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of violence. It also meant they could support each other in their recovery and healing.
Today, nearly 40 years later, we have expanded to become a specialist sexual violence organisation delivering a range of support services each year to hundreds of people in Cambridgeshire who are survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence:
- Our helpline now opens three times a week and is run by a team of nearly 30 volunteers
- In 2011, we opened our counselling service, which has allowed us to help hundreds of women on their healing journey.
- Since 2012, our Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA) service has provided emotional and practical support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence, and wants help to navigate the Criminal Justice System.
- We have also expanded our volunteer-run services by launching an email support service in 2013.
We also provide training for either individuals and organisations, on a wide range of issues surrounding sexual violence. To find out more about upcoming training days or to ask for bespoke training, contact us.
Our mission, vision and values
We fundamentally believe women and girls.
The principles of being confidential, non-directional (letting you make your own choices) and non-judgemental underpin all our services.
We believe that survivors are experts in their own healing, which is why receiving your feedback on our services is so important to us. To download our feedback form, please click here.
To ensure women and girls across Cambridgeshire who are experiencing, or have experienced, any form of sexual violence are able to access the best possible, user-led, specialist support and information. We are dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of sexual violence in our community, with the ultimate goal of ending rape and sexual violence.
All women and girls should be free from the fear and experience of sexual violence.
Equality, Respect, Transparency, Choice and Quality.
- Provide specialist support to women and girls who have experienced or are experiencing rape, childhood sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence.
- Securing high quality sexual violence services for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.
- Raising awareness of sexual violence, its prevalence and effects.
- Build our collective expertise to improve services and policies for the benefit of survivors.
- Press for change and promote the importance and need for appropriate, high-quality and specialised support for survivors.
- End rape and sexual violence.
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre adheres to the Rape Crisis National Service Standards and is a professionally approved Rape Crisis Centre. We are also an autonomous member of both Rape Crisis England and Wales and The Survivors’ Trust.