Safeline are praised for the hours of unpaid support they give to victims of rape and sexual violence

Volunteers working for an independent sexual abuse support charity in Warwickshire are to be celebrated for the hours of unpaid support they give to victims of rape and sexual violence.

Safeline in Warwick helps around 400 people a year who have been raped or sexually abused by their partners or family or others. Only one in ten of these serious crimes are reported to the police because often the victims feel embarrassed, ashamed or even frightened. That’s where Safeline and its volunteers come in – to help those who still need support but can’t face going to the police.

People like Betty Churchley who has been a volunteer in several roles – on the helpline, as support group facilitator and counsellor – for Safeline for 11 years now joined the charity to give something back to make a positive difference in life to others.

Betty says “It’s humbling and heartbreaking to hear some of their stories. The whole point of Safeline is that we are here for them – in their own time and with their consent – and they can, with our help begin to rebuild their lives. They can then move from being or staying a victim to being a survivor instead. I feel privileged to be volunteering here at Safeline, able to help our clients and would encourage others interested in becoming a volunteer at Safeline to make contact with us. Volunteering roles include counselling, fundraising, being a trustee, support with events as examples. Safeline will provide all the necessary support and training needed. Like me, you can make a difference to others lives too – rebuilding theirs and strengthen yours also”.

Safeline will be highlighting the invaluable work of its volunteers at its July AGM event, recognising the BIG service they provide to Safeline clients.

For more information on Safeline call 01926 402498.


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