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Help, support and counselling for rape and sexual violence victims and survivors in Bedfordshire

The Hope Programme is an independent registered charity, offering a telephone helpline, support and counselling to people aged over 10 years who have suffered rape and sexual violence, including sexual assault, child sexual exploitation and stalking. Our services are also available to their non offending family members, partners and carers.

The crime(s) may have taken place at any time of victims’ lives and anywhere. Rape can be committed by a stranger or an acquaintance and almost 85% of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim.

Our services

We offer free, 1-1, counselling with professional and specially trained counsellors in safe, accessible locations. The aim of the counselling is to help victims to cope and recover from the aftermath and trauma of the harm caused.

Our counsellors work to the professional standards of the Survivors Trust and the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

The counselling service is confidential. You will not be expected to talk about the crimes. We offer an initial 12 weekly sessions, at the same time on the same day of the week, at the same place.

We also offer training, presentations, workshops and information to professionals and Bedfordshire communities on supporting victims and preventing further sexual violence.

If you or someone you know have suffered from the harm of rape and sexual violence and would like help then call our confidential Helpline on 0300 365 1045, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm, with a 24 hour answerphone service.