If you are supporting or working with someone who has experienced sexual violence and they would like to access our services, this is all the information you need to know on how to refer them.

We’ve also added the links to our helpful resources which you’ll find at the bottom of this page.

We believe that all survivors of sexual violence deserve equal access to quality support from specialist services. As a result, we often hold a waiting list for all the services we offer. These are run on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and are only differentiated by child/ adult and service (ISVA/ SSW). This means we do not have a priority waiting list or prioritise people for any reason. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

Emotional Support

Our Emotional Support programme is available to anyone 13years+ in Gloucestershire who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives and does not have an open police investigation.

The Emotional Support is a 20 week one-to-one support programme, it will be a confidential and non-judgemental environment to talk through your thoughts, feelings, and options.

ISVA Service

Our ISVA service is for anyone who lives in Gloucestershire who has experienced sexual violence and is currently accessing, or considering reporting, an incident to the criminal justice system.

They are there to provide emotional and practical support whilst guiding you through the process.

Emotional Support

Aged 18+ years:

For those aged 18 and over we accept only self-referrals to this service.

If you’re supporting someone who would like to refer, you are welcome to call with the client present to support them as they make their self-referral on 01452 305421

Young Person Emotional Support

Aged 13-17 years:

If you’re referring someone aged 13-17 years please download and complete our YP Emotional Support Referral Form with the client. Once completed please email to: 

Adult ISVA

Aged 18+ years:

If you’re referring anyone aged 18+ please download and complete our Adult ISVA referral form with the client.

We recommend sending this via Egress to

 Children and Young Person ISVA

Aged 0-17 years:

For any child or your person (aged 0-17years) please download and complete our CHISVA referral form with the client.

We recommend sending this via Egress to

If you have any questions about the referral process please call our office number on 01452 305421 or email


Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre offer a variety of support groups, helping to empower and increase confidence in users while connecting them to like-minded people.

For further information and for a group referral please email us: or call us on 01452 305421

GRASAC aims to contact clients within 24 hours (during working week) from the time of referral.

Friendship Group

Hosted by volunteers, the group offers an opportunity to meet friendly, understanding people, and to forge friendships.

We’re currently running one Friendship group, which is held once a month.

  • Cheltenham friendship group runs on a Monday evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

For further information and for a group referral please email us: or call us on 01452 305421

Phoenix Group

Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC) invites young women aged 14 to 16, who have been affected by sexual violence to join Phoenix.

This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Feel empowered.
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem in everyday life.
  • Explore current topics such as healthy relationships and social media.
  • Develop positive coping strategies.
  • Get involved in women’s and girls’ rights.
  • Not feel alone and form friendships.

GRASAC recognises that family can be crucial to a survivor’s healing journey, but it can affect their own health and well-being. Therefore, alongside Phoenix, we will be offering an informal, confidential safe space for the family of the young person attending.

This is an opportunity for families to share a cuppa and:

  • Ask questions and seek support from a member of the GRASAC Team.
  • Understand how being a victim of sexual violence can impact on an individual.
  • Discover how they can best support the person they care for, whilst also looking after themselves.
  • Have a 1-1 meeting with a member of staff. We don’t discuss our clients, but we will support you to better understand and manage emotions.
Power Programme
Programme Of Women’s
Empowerment & Recovery

About the Course

The course runs for 14 weeks and is provided to women who have experienced sexual abuse/violence and have already accessed our emotional support service.

The course aims to help you:

  • Reduce isolation.
  • Reduce levels of shame and self-blame.
  • Identify triggers and develop healthy coping strategies.
  • Increase your knowledge of your personal rights and boundaries.
  • Explore sexuality, intimacy and trust.
  • Understand feelings such as grief and anger.
  • Learn assertiveness skills.
  • To feel empowered and in control of your own life.

We provide an environment that enables you to:

  • Feel safe and secure.
  • Realise the extent of your abuse and deal with the emotions that come with this realisation.
  • Feel ready to move on.
  • Develop a more positive outlook for the future.
  • Gain self-worth, respect, confidence and self-esteem. 

Areas Covered by the Course

  • Your bill of rights.
  • Understanding the impact of sexual abuse.
  • The healing process and preparing for change.
  • Identifying triggers.
  • Coping strategies and honouring what you did to survive.
  • Forgiveness and letting go of self-blame and shame.
  • Grieving and mourning your losses.
  • Anger: the backbone of healing.
  • Setting boundaries and ending old patterns. 
  • Sexuality, intimate relationships and trust.
  • Assertiveness skills and practice.
  • Letting go and moving forward.
  • Celebrating change.

If you are interested in taking part in our POWER Programme, please contact our admin line:
01452 305421 or email:  

“The ladies were amazing, supportive, relatable, informative, helpful, genuine. It didn’t feel like they were just reading the programme and going through the motions. They were part of the group, wouldn’t have been the same without them.”
“Never been a fan of the group thing but being put with other survivors is imperative to healing – it breaks down the isolation of being a rape survivor.”

Helpful resources for professionals: