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 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

  • 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

Latest events

  • Star Jump for Stars

    To celebrate the one year anniversary of our new name we are asking everyone across Dorset to do as many star jumps as they can in one minute for us on Friday 22nd May 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

  • Fire Walk and Lego Walk at Highcliffe Castle

    On the 10th October 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