Survive sexual assault and abuse service commissioned for another three years

Staffordshire Women’s Aid has retained a contract, now worth £2.3m over the next three years, to provide free, confidential support services for victims of sexual assault and abuse, as well as close family members and significant others.

Commissioned by the Staffordshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner, the Survive service first launched in 2020 with £300,000 a year funding, including £20,000 per year from Staffordshire County Council.

Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams said: “I’m delighted to announce that Staffordshire Women’s Aid has retained the contract to deliver the Survive sexual assault and abuse service across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, following a rigorous procurement process.

“Over the past three years, the Survive service has provided vital help and support for thousands of victims, their close family members and significant others, and this contract will ensure this support will continue to be there for those who need it most.”

Staffordshire Women’s Aid Chief Executive Charlotte Almond said: “I am so pleased that we have been able to retain the contract to deliver this vital service, and to provide the best possible support to those who have been affected by sexual assault and abuse in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

“Sexual assault or abuse can happen to anyone. Survive provides emotional and practical support, advice and counselling, even if you choose not to report to the Police.  We’re here for you whenever you are ready. You are not alone.”

Between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2024, the Survive service:

  • Received 2,851 referrals – of those, 2,220 adults, children, close family members and significant others received either counselling or practical and emotional support to help them cope and recover from the crime
  • Provided 2,596 service users with advice, guidance, information and signposting

Victims of sexual assault and abuse can seek support from Survive whether they report the crime to the Police or not. Services include a local 24-hour helpline, therapeutic counselling and a specialist support and advocacy service for victims, as well as support for close family members and significant others.

If you would like to talk to someone about accessing the Survive service, or would like to make a referral, please call the 24-hour helpline on 0300 330 5959 or email or visit to make a referral online.

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