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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Helpline Service

STARS Helpline service provides a confidential, non-judgemental listening service to anyone over 16 who has been affected by any form of sexual violence. Our Helpline number is 01202 308855. All our helpline volunteers are fully trained and will listen in complete confidence no matter how big or small a problem may seem.


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Our impact


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


The number of calls to our Helpline in 2018.


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

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Latest news

  • 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

  • STARS Brand wins Creative Impact Award at Dorset Business Awards

    Global Brand Communications won the Creative Impact Award at the Dorset Business Awards for creating the STARS brand. We could not be more thrilled, so deserved for all the hard work they put in and for really taking the time to understand our work, our team and our clients and creating an amazing brand. Read more

  • Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard

    STARS Dorset have achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers. Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers. Investing in Volunteers aims to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for all volunteers and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by volunteers. Read more

Latest events

  • Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2020

    The UK's annual week dedicated to bringing together organisations and communities to promote awareness of sexual abuse & sexual violence. Read more

  • Fire Walk and Lego Walk at Highcliffe Castle

    On the 29th February 2020 join our team of Fire Walkers at Highcliffe Castle to raise vital funds to support our work across the county. Join the team as an individual or come with a group for an amazing team bonding experience. For further information please contact Simone Gosden by email on [email protected] 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