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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Author: Vikki Taylor

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. The Support Line provides listening support to anyone who has been affected by sexual trauma.

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Author: Vikki Taylor

Our impact

1887

The number of people we supported in 2019.

601

The number of calls to our Support Line in 2019.

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 on BBC Spotlight June 2020

    A recent feature on STARS on BBC Spotlight about the work we do and the support we have continued to offer during COVID-19. Read more

  • STARS Dorset launches its first Crowdfunding Page

    STARS Dorset has been chosen as one of the projects supported by the Aviva Community Fund. We have set up a Crowdfunding page, our FIRST EVER,  and we're asking the local community to pledge their support and help us raise funds to ensure our services are available to all those who need our support across Dorset during these unprecedented times. Read more

  • STARS Dorset Increases its Telephone Support Line During COVID-19

    Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services (STARS Dorset), is increasing the availability of its Telephone Support Line throughout the COVID-19 period. Read more

Latest events

  • Online Training Event with Christiane Sanderson

    ‘Being with’ rather than ‘doing to’:  How to Manage Power, Control, Boundary and Attachment Dynamics when Working with Survivors of Complex Trauma'. Online training event on Friday 9th October 2020, from 10am - 5pm. Read more

  • Fire Walk and Lego Walk at Highcliffe Castle

    On Saturday 27th February 2021 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