Qualitative research to understand the support needs of disabled adult victim-survivors of rape and sexual violence

The Ministry of Justice is funding a team of disabled and non-disabled researchers to talk to D/deaf and disabled adult victims and survivors of rape and sexual violence in England and Wales about their support needs. Read more

Launch of TST Resources Website

The Survivors Trust new Resources Site will provide a much-needed online platform of information and self-help support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their supporters. Read more

Delivering justice for victims: A consultation on improving victims’ experiences of the justice system

The Ministry of Justice has launched the Victims’ Bill consultation which seeks to understand how victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system across England and Wales can be improved. Read more

Live Chat Service launched by The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust is delighted to announce that a free, national live chat service has been launched to help make it easier for individuals who have been affected by sexual violence or abuse to access support and information. Read more

North West Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Organisations across the North West of England come together to raise awareness of sexual violence and the specialist support services available to survivors. Read more

Finding the balance: Rape and sexual abuse in the media

Television and the media can be a valuable medium for sharing stories and highlighting societal issues and events. However, with this comes a moral responsibility to support and protect those in the audience who may be personally affected by the subject being explored. Read more

CICA 'Same roof rule' deadline - 13th June 2021

Reminder - the deadline for applications to CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) under the ‘same roof rule’ is 13th June 2021. Read more

NHS Urges Sex Crime and Abuse Victims To Seek Help

Women who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual assault are being urged to contact the NHS for support, as the number of people seeking help halved during the first lockdown. Read more

Christmas message from TST

We understand that for many survivors the festive period can be challenging. Combined with the challenges we have faced in 2020, it is understandable that you may be feeling more overwhelmed than ever this Christmas. Read more

New Victims' Code of Practice Published

The Ministry of Justice have published a simplified and updated Victims’ Code alongside the government response to its consultation: ‘Improving the Victims’ Code’. Read more

A Little Way to Make a Big Difference This Christmas

This year we are part of the Paperchase Charity Christmas Card Scheme. This fantastic news means that each time a pack of our charity cards is sold, The Survivors Trust will receive a donation! 💜🎄🎁 Read more

Survey finds rape victims have lost faith in the justice system

A survey of nearly 500 survivors of rape, undertaken by the Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has highlighted just 14% believed they would receive justice by reporting the crime to the police. Read more

A historic victory amongst disheartening stats

Yesterday was a big day for survivors and those that work with them. We saw the release of data showing that rape convictions are at a record low in England and Wales along with the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) unveiling of a five-year blueprint to attempt to rectify this. On top of this, the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition and the Centre for Women’s Justice won a landmark case against the CPS, granting them the opportunity for a full judicial review. Read more

Victims previously denied compensation may now be able to re-apply

Are you a victim of a sexual offence that occurred before 1979 and within your household? If so, you may be able to apply for compensation which would have previously been denied to you. Read more

Taking care of yourself & I May Destroy You

It feels like everyone is talking about Michaela Coel’s newest creation I May Destroy You, a drama based on her experience of sexual assault. We want to offer up some tips for survivors thinking of watching the show as well as discuss some of the important topics covered in the series. Read more

The Victims Commissioner’s newest Report highlighting the catastrophic decline in rape prosecutions

The report, amongst other things, highlights the catastrophic decline in rape prosecutions over the last few years - comparing this to the decriminalisation of rape. The report discusses the barriers to justice that survivors face and the commissioners continuing commitments to alleviating these and working with charities supporting survivors. We welcome this report and thank Dame Vera Baird for outlining the true severity of the Criminal Justice System’s failings of survivors of sexual violence Read more

TST Supportline hours extended

Thanks to funding from the MoJ COVID-19 Response Fund our free national Supportline is now open 7 days a week. We're here to talk, to listen and to believe. Read more

Data charges removed for websites supporting victims of crime

The UK’s major telecoms companies have agreed their customers’ mobile phone data won’t be used up if they’re seeking information and support online. Access to websites supporting some of the most vulnerable victims of crime will be free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a new deal brokered by the Government. Read more

New measures to support vulnerable people ahead of Hidden Harms Summit

The virtual summit, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is in response to the unique challenges victims have faced during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they continue to get support. Our CEO, Fay Maxted OBE, will be attending the Hidden Harms Summit with colleagues from Rape Crisis England and Wales, Male Survivors Partnership and NAPAC Read more