Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC) works to support recovery from the emotional and psychological distress caused by trauma from rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse/exploitation whenever it happened in a persons’ life.
SRASAC was founded in 1980, and has been supporting people living in and around Sheffield for nearly 40 years. We are full members of Rape Crisis England and Wales and The Survivors Trust.
Who we are
Our work is undertaken by a small team of women who are made up of paid staff and volunteers. We work hard to provide a high quality, timely and inclusive service for all our clients.
We are based in a shared building in a City Centre location close to bus, tram and rail links. We keep our location confidential until clients are invited into the Centre.
We are fully accessible for clients who may have mobility issues with a lift to all levels. We are able to provide women-only space within our Centre if requested – please discuss this with us if you would prefer to access our services within a women only space in our Centre.
Some photos of our rooms and the waiting area in the building are shown below:
One of our counselling rooms
SRASAC is supported through local funding from Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner as well as national funding from charitable funders such as National Lotteries – Reaching Communities and Lloyds Foundation. We also work hard to fundraise through donations and local fundraising activities.
What we offer:
Specialist counselling for survivors aged 13 or above.
Specialist support groups including for (non abusing) parents or carers of child survivors.
Support from reporting incidents to the police through the criminal justice system via our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service for children, young people and adults.
Freephone confidential helpline.
Who we work with
We work with all genders and ages whenever they experienced. We aim to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. We believe that every individual who is part of the SRASAC community – that is all employees, trustees, volunteers and clients - should be treated with dignity and respect and be part of a service that is free from barriers.
We want to challenge all forms of oppression including those based on race, ethnicity, nationality, creed, gender, sex, class, sexuality, gender reassignment, learning ability, physical impairment, mental illness, HIV status, age, occupation, income and wealth.
We aim to design our activities, services and decision making processes specifically to encourage and support participation from people who face disadvantage in society, including people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities, disabled people, LGBTQ people, and people on low incomes.
Adult perpetrators of violent and/or sexual offences are unable to access our services, in the event of a disclosure we will signpost to more appropriate services.
Where we work
We provide services to people who live within the Sheffield area.
How we work:
All our staff and Counsellors are professionally qualified.
· We are a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
· We are a member of the Helplines Partnership.
· We are a member of the Survivors Trust.
· We adhere to Sheffield wide safeguarding policies and procedures for children and vulnerable adults.
· Details of our working practices and procedures can be found by clicking on the links below: