STARS is a pan-Dorset charity that offers one to one support, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service

STARS Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service is free and confidential. It provides practical and emotional support, information and guidance to anyone who lives, works or studies in Dorset and who has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.

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Counselling Service

STARS Counselling service provides one to one, trauma informed counselling, free of charge, for anyone of any age or gender who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at anytime in their life.

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Children and Young People Service

At STARS we provide a dedicated counselling and a specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service for Children and Young People in Dorset who have experienced sexual violence. All our Children and Young People's ISVAs and counsellors have been specifically trained to work with children.

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Author: Vikki Taylor

Telephone Support Line

Our Telephone Support Line number is 01202 308855 From Monday 23rd March 2020, we are increasing the availability of our Telephone Support Line (previously known as the Helpline). Our volunteers will be offering listening support to anyone who has been affected by sexual trauma.

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Author: Vikki Taylor

Our impact

2263

The number of adults our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service has supported.

486

The number of calls to our Helpline in 2018.

73

The number of Children and Young people that have been supported by our counselling service since January 2018.

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Latest news

  • STARS Dorset to open a new centre in West Dorset

    Due to the increasing demand for its services STARS Dorset is to extend and open a new centre in West Dorset. The charity currently has its main offices in Poole and the new centre will mean its services will be more accessible to clients in the west of the county. Read more

  • Make a Difference in 2020

    Make a Difference in 2020. We are looking for volunteers to help deliver a variety of frontline services for the charity across Dorset throughout 2020. The roles we are looking for include: Helpline Listeners, Counsellors, Admin Support and Events Volunteers. Read more

  • The Rise in Domestic Abuse Across the South - BBC Spotlight Programme

    A BBC Spotlight report on the rise of domestic abuse across the south. This report mentions STARS Dorset and the work we do with those who have suffered from sexual violence. Some of the content you may find distressing, so please only watch if you feel strong enough to do so. Read more

Latest events

  • Working with Dissociation and DID with Philippa Dryland CPD Event

    CPD Workshop 'Working with Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) in Survivors of Complex Early Life Trauma and Abuse with Philippa Dryland on Wednesday 6th May at the Life Centre in Bournemouth. Read more

  • 'Asking For It' by Jayne Jackson

    Jayne Jackson a MA Commercial Photography student from Arts University Bournemouth has created a fascinating photographic art series named ‘Asking for it’, which in a highly unique and clever way highlights victim blaming in cases of sexual violence. The exhibition which consists of 14 ‘mugshots’ will be on display at The Atrium Gallery at Bournemouth University from 7th May - 20th June 2020 Read more

  • Skydive for STARS Dorset

    Have you always wanted to do a Sky Dive but never quite had the opportunity or perhaps the reason to do? Now might be your chance! We are looking for some brave fundraisers to join us on the Friday 17th July 2020 at Go Sky Dive near Salisbury and take on an ultimate challenge, a 10,000ft or 15,000ft sky dive and help raise vital funds for the charity. If you want any further information or to book your place please email [email protected] Read more