A Wiltshire charity that is helping to break the cycle of abuse has launched a new service to support people who have been affected by sexual violence.

The service from FearFree, based at Oak House, Epsom Square on the White Horse Business Park in Trowbridge, is available in Wiltshire and Swindon and provides counselling, therapeutic work and group support.

It is open to anyone aged from five years, regardless of when the incident(s) occurred or whether it was reported to Wiltshire Police.

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Emily Denne, Director of Services at FearFree said: “People from all walks of life are affected by sexual violence and our new service provides vital support to help them recover.

“Our person-centred approach is designed to empower people and help them along the recovery journey.

“If you have been the victim of sexual violence, no matter when it took place, there is help available.”

The FearFree service is also looking for volunteers to support with facilitating the groups, offering 1-2-1 mentoring after their support and administration to coordinate referrals, help with session planning and general office tasks.

People who have experienced sexual violence can refer here: Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Violence Therapeutic Service - FearFree or call FearFree on their duty line: 01225 775276 Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm or on Friday 9am-4.30pm.