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Survive Sexual Assault & Abuse Service

Date: Monday, 24th Jun 2024 | Category: General


Survive Sexual Assault and Abuse Service for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent provides a free, non-judgmental and confidential service for adults, children over the age of 4, and close family members/significant others who have been affected by sexual assault or abuse at any point during their lives.

Survive is commissioned by the Staffordshire Commissioner’s Office, with a financial contribution from Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and is delivered by Staffordshire Women’s Aid in partnership with Pathway Project and Savana.

What support is on offer?

Survive supports victims, both male and female, at every stage, from reporting the crime or recognising they need support, to exiting the service.  Victims can seek support whether they have reported the crime to the police or not.

Survive is easily accessible, simple to navigate and prevents victims having to repeat their story on multiple occasions. The service offers:

  • Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) and Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (CHISVA) providing practical help, advice and emotional support. This also includes support to navigate the criminal justice system for victims who have reported to the police.
  • Practical and emotional support for victims’ family members and significant others, who have been impacted by the crime. It helps to meet the needs of victims and their families, providing accurate information on criminal justice processes, victims’ rights and referring to other agencies as appropriate.
  • Counselling in safe and supported environments, for both adults and children over the age of four, who have experienced sexual assault and abuse at any point during their lives.
  • Single Referral Pathway – Telephone, Email, Online

How to make a referral to Survive

If you are aware of someone who might benefit from accessing the Survive service, please ask them to call the 24-hour helpline on 0300 330 5959, email or submit an online referral form at Make a Referral – Staffordshire Women’s Aid (

Please find a poster and leaflet for the Survive service.  If you would like hard copies, please contact

If you would like to learn more about the support available through Survive and how to make a referral, please email to request a meeting with one of the team.