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Latest news and press coverage

Coping with triggers after sexual violence #MakeChangeHappen

We spoke to Laura Gomez, the referral and helpline co-ordinator at our Solace Rape Crisis service, about the impact of recent media movements and how to cope with triggers. Recent movements such as #metoo and #timesup, along with media stories, have triggered flashbacks, memories, or other difficult reactions for some survivors of sexual violence who…

It’s never too late – standing together against abuse of older women

In many ways, the impact of living with domestic abuse is the same for all victims – regardless of age. Everyone worries about not being believed, or having to live with the stigma of abuse. They worry about what will happen to them financially, if the abuse will get worse or what might happen to...

Overcoming Sexual Violence: One Woman’s Approach #MakeChangeHappen

North London Rape Crisis is one of the specialist services provided by Solace Women's Aid. Its offering includes:     One-to-one specialist counselling A range of therapeutic groups Advocacy i.e. specialist support with reporting to the police and support through the criminal justice system Helpline for emotional support Last year, North London Rape Crisis had...

What’s it like phoning a rape crisis helpline? #MakeChangeHappen

Sometimes survivors are worried about calling a helpline as they don’t know what to expect. We spoke to Rebecca, who volunteers on our Rape Crisis helpline, to demystify the experience of phoning for the first time. What do you say when you answer the phone? As a survivor, calling the helpline can seem extremely scary...

Happy Volunteers’ Week from Solace!

Today marks the beginning of volunteers’ week, so we wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the volunteers who make our work possible. In 2016-17, over 90 volunteers gave us a total of 12,253 hours of their time, which helped us support over 11,000 survivors of sexual and domestic violence across London....

Ever wondered what an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) does? #MakeChangeHappen

Heard about ISVAs but not sure what it means or what they do? We spoke to one of the ISVAs in our Rape Crisis team at Solace to find about her role and what a typical day might look like. In the time I have spent working as an ISVA at Solace, I have learned...

Solace invites BBC to women’s refuge to highlight increasing threats to life-saving accommodation

We invited the BBC to one of our refuges to find out more about how government funding cuts are threatening these life-saving spaces. They spoke with women about finding safety and recovering after escaping domestic abuse. Mary Mason, CEO at Solace Women's Aid, was invited onto the the Daily Politics Show to discuss what needs...

We refuse to wait, sit by and tell women that the support isn’t there for them. That’s why we’ve launched ‘Stand Together with Naomi’.

It’s heart-breaking and infuriating that, for the first time, we are being forced to turn women away from our rape counselling services. We know that reported rapes have increased in London by a shocking 20% over the last year. On average 11 women are raped or sexually assaulted every week in every London borough. But...

95% rate Solace as good or excellent in annual service user survey

Each October, we carry out a survey of everyone we’re supporting, to find out what is working well and where we could improve. In 2017, 418 service users completed the survey, 83 more than the previous year. We have now analysed their answers and some of the key findings are below. • Overall, 96% of...

This International Women’s Day Solace launches urgent campaign to support 100s more women

This International Women’s Day London charity launches urgent campaign to support 100s more women recover from sexual violence, as reported rapes in the capital increase by 20%   They might seem invisible but women in London are being raped and sexually assaulted right now. In order to ensure every woman and girl that comes forward...

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