Our Outreach Service
RASASC provides an independent and confidential Outreach Service across South London, to women and girls aged 13+ who have survived any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. This is provided by our team of Outreach Workers, who have been trained to support female survivors of sexual violence, and who specialise and are experienced in supporting survivors who experience additional marginalisation and barriers to accessing support.
We work in partnership with organisations that support women with experiences of incarceration and the criminal justice system, the sex industry, trafficking and sexual exploitation, homelessness, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation/cutting, refugee and migrant and women and people who use substances.
Where are we based?
- The Beth Centre and South London Women’s Hubs (in Southwark, Lewisham, Croydon, Sutton and Wandsworth)
- Spires Streetlink
- The Migrant Hub
- Inspire Sutton
- Merton One Stop Shop
Further information is available about the support we provide for survivors of sexual violence who are or have been involved in the sex industry.
RASASC works in partnership with several London universities to support development of a whole-institution response to sexual violence. Alongside providing consultation and training and prevention with staff and students, our Outreach team offers regular face-to-face, short term, one-to-one support to student and staff survivors.
If you are a student at SOAS or LSE you can follow the links to your universities website to find out more about accessing this support, and if you are a student or staff member at UCL you can find out about support here.
Outreach Support during Covid-19
Our outreach service remains open and our team of specialist workers continue to support women and girls who have survived sexual violence and/or female genital mutilation and who are also experiencing further marginalisation.
Whilst we are unable to attend our hubs and drop-ins during this time, our support is being provided remotely by phone and email.
We are currently open to new referrals from women and girls directly and continue to work with our existing partnership hubs and drop-ins. Survivors can self-refer by call, text, email or WhatsApp.
If you work for another service or organisation and would like to know more about how we can support women using your service, you can also get in touch in the same way.
You can find out more about the support provided by all RASASC services during Covid-19 here
What do we do?
Our Outreach Workers will:
- Listen to you
- Believe you
- Support you with the referral process for long-term counselling or advocacy support
- Share information about other specialist support
Our Outreach Workers will not:
- Tell you what to do
- Assume or tell you how you’re feeling
- Pressure you to do anything you don’t want to do
- Judge or lie to you
RASASC Outreach works in partnership with specialist community-based organisations in South London to ensure our support is as accessible as possible to survivors that need and want it.
By getting in touch, we can talk about how we can work together to ensure women who you work with, also know about our support and feel comfortable and safe to access it.
How can women get support from RASASC Outreach?
Our outreach service takes self-referrals only, meaning that women who have survived any kind of sexual violence can get in touch with us themselves to get support.
This is in line with our empowerment model and ethos to create space for women to make their own decisions to seek support, at a time that feels right for them.
What we can offer you:
- Regular attendance at your service/ drop-in/ hub to offer face-to-face specialist support and information to the women who use your service.
- Flyers, leaflets and posters to display at your organisation.
- A 90 minute awareness workshop for your staff and volunteers about responding to disclosures of sexual violence within a model of empowerment.
- A 3 hour workshop for women who attend your service around consent, self-care and empowerment.
Support for Survivors of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)
Our specialist FGM/C worker can provide a confidential 1-1 space for women who have survived FGM/C to talk about their experiences, as well as group support for survivors and information for professionals.
If you would like to talk to one of our outreach workers or you’ve got any questions you can get in touch with us via the office number on 0208 683 3311.
You can also contact our Outreach workers directly by phone, text, WhatsApp or email.
- Steph: Works across all 12 south London boroughs
- Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 6pm
- Phone number: 07437 330 784
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maureen: Works across all 12 south London boroughs
- Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.00am – 6pm
- Phone number: 07711 260 760
- Email: FGMlead@rasasc.org.uk