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

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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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

  • 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

  • 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

Latest events

  • Volunteer Fair 2020

    Over 20 Dorset charities including STARS will be at the Eco Hub at the Dolphin Centre in Poole on Thursday 16th January from 10am - 3pm. Pop in and have a chat and find your perfect volunteering opportunity. Enhance your future and make a difference. Read more

  • Understanding Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Bullying & Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    With Safe Space Consultancy & YMCA Bournemouth we're hosting a full day training for Employers, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders & Supervisors. Domestic abuse is everyone's business and as part of the government's consultation to transform the response to domestic abuse for all sectors of our society, it's necessary to have a greater understanding of this complex issue. Read more

  • 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