Women have praised the level of care they have received from a rape crisis centre.
Research from the University of Sunderland showed that women said the support from Northumberland rape crisis centre, Grace, was invaluable.
Grace, the Northumberland outreach of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, has received a glowing report from the researchers who carried out the evaluation in late 2014 to better understand the services and support it provides to women who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.
The final report praised Grace for its strong reputation and specialist expertise in representing the “voices of women not often heard”.
It found the counselling services provided to women were respectful of their individual requirements and mindful of the time it takes for them to recover from the impacts of sexual violence and as such was able to demonstrate a positive impact on the long-term health and wellbeing of the women using the services.
When the researchers spoken to women, they were told of the warmth and compassion displayed by Grace staff and the safety and security women felt that they would be believed.
Grace Northumberland Rape Crisis Centre has two outreach counsellors who work across Morpeth, Berwick, Hexham, Alnwick and Blyth and offers one-to-one counselling for women over 16 who have experience sexual violence at any point in their lives as well as a telephone helpline staffed by specially trained volunteers.