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Charity (no. 1137355)

Suffolk Rape Crisis in Bury St Edmunds

"Supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse so that they maintain control over their lives"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

In 2010 a small group of women started Suffolk Rape Crisis following the realisation that there was no Rape Crisis provision for the women and girls of Suffolk: the previous Rape Crisis service in Suffolk had closed in 2006. 

Suffolk Rape Crisis provides support to women and girls aged 14 and above who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

We aim to empower women who have experienced rape and other forms of sexual violence, and to help them live healthier, more rewarding lives. Furthermore, we believe that through healing, and through improving their skills and confidence, these women will strengthen themselves to become more active citizens and will thereby go on to help strengthen their communities.

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We will support any women or girl (aged 14 years and older) who feels she needs our service. Women and girls call us days, weeks, months and even years after the assault. It is never too late to talk about the impact of sexual violence.


Suffolk Rape Crisis provides a women-only space in Ipswich, for women and girls to feel safe, heard, overcome stigma, and to talk about their experiences without fear and judgement. Through engaging with Rape Crisis services women are given the possibility to explore their options, to seek justice, to take back control of their lives and to repair the harms violence has caused them. 

We provide 25 weeks of free, specialist, counselling with one of our 13 fully trained counsellors at one of our 4 locations, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds , Lowestoft and Brandon. Our counsellors are all female and our office in Ipswich is a female only space. 

We offer specialist ‘Pre Trial Therapy’ counselling if you are going through the Criminal Justice System.

If you would like to access our counselling service please call Claire on (01473) 231200 or e-mail claire@srchelp.org.uk


Our free, confidential, helpline is also open on Tuesday and Thursday between 7pm and 9pm. This is staffed by our wonderful female volunteers who have received extensive training in how to support a survivor of sexual violence. They can offer you emotional support over the telephone and can also signpost you to our counselling service or other services in the area. 

We now host two helpline telephone lines that simultaneously take calls from survivors twice a week. The provision includes emergency advice and support for women and girls who have been recently raped or sexually assaulted, as well as support for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Our Helpline is open on Tuesday and Thursday between 7pm and 9pm, it is 100% free and confidential. You can call 0800 0850 520 and chat to one of our fully trained volunteers. 

Additional Information

Our counsellors are fully qualified, registered with either BACP/UKCP and are experienced in working with survivors of sexual violence.

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