The rape or sexual assault of a partner or family member can leave those supporting the victim at a loss, unable to know how best to help their loved one and struggling to cope.
Our Family Support Service helps partners and families deal with the range of emotions that are often triggered by trauma. Feelings of guilt, shame, embarrassment and anger are all perfectly normal, and our trained family support counsellor can help you understand why you are having these feelings and give you coping strategies to help you deal with them.
Our Family Support Service can be used as both a group or one-on-one service, and it’s aimed at parents, legal guardians, siblings, partners and family members over the age of 13. We offer two services, one for the families of young survivors aged 13-17, and a separate service for the friends and families of any other survivor.
Partners and family can often struggle to understand why they are experiencing strong emotions when the rape or sexual assault didn’t directly happen to them. Learning why you may be experiencing these emotions and understanding how to deal with them, can greatly help with the healing process.
Our trained family support counsellor supports the families or individuals through counselling sessions (currently being held remotely via phone or video). The survivor is not part of the family sessions, giving a free space for partners and family to discuss feelings and emotions openly.