STARS Dorset offers a comprehensive range of training courses for those working with or supporting survivors of sexual violence. Our training has been developed from our knowledge and experience of providing a range of specialist support services for over thirty years. We offer both Employer Awareness Training and Professionals Training. Read more

Contact Us

Our contact details, how to get in touch. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Our patron

From our work advising on the final series of ITV's Broadchurch, Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Trish Winterman, kindly agreed to be our first patron and we are delighted to have her support. Read more

Our history

In 1986 Bournemouth Youth Service together with Bournemouth Voluntary Services recognised the need for a support service for survivors or rape and sexual abuse. STARS Dorset now employs over twenty full time members of staff and has over eighty volunteers and its services include an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service, a Counselling Service, a Children and Young People Service and a Helpline. Read more


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Apply to volunteer

STARS is developing and growing it's support services and volunteer roles. If you are interested in applying for any of our volunteer positions please get in touch with our Volunteer Co-ordinator. Read more


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STARS is here for everyone in Dorset who has experienced sexual violence. With your support we can reach more survivors and help them on their road to recovery. Read more

Make a referral

Those wishing to access any of our services can either ask a professional they already receive support from to refer on their behalf or make a self-referral. Read more

Meet the team

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