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 lives. We provide several different types of support including an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service, Counselling, a Children and Young People's Service and a Helpline.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service: this service provides practical and emotional support, information and guidance to those in Dorset who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisors are here to help clients make an informed decision about their options when everything can feel confusing and out of control. 

Counselling Service

Counselling Service: this service provides one to one trauma informed counselling, for anyone who has experienced any form of sexual violence in their life. We operate a person-centred counselling approach combined with a trauma model. We create a safe and confidential space allowing the client to explore and address thoughts and behaviours that are overwhelming.

Children and Young People Service

Children and Young People Service: we also provide dedicated counselling and a specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service specifically for children and young people. We provide impartial advice to the young person, their families or carers about their options and a safe space where they can talk about their feelings and the impact of their experience.

Helpline Service

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

Our Aims

  • To empower and enable anyone, of any age or gender who has suffered from any sort of sexual violence or rape, or is supporting a survivor, to work with the trauma they have experienced and gain health to live as their lives as they would wish.
  • To relieve the trauma, whether psychological, emotional, social or physical of persons and their families who have experienced or otherwise suffered as a result of rape, other sexual assault, sexual / domestic abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual harassment of any kind by providing support, help or assistance of any kind; and
  • To advance the education of the public in the subject of rape, sexual /domestic abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual harassment and/ or psychological, physical, emotional or social impact on women, men and children by such means as the trustees see fit.

Our Objectives

  • To provide a confidential support line service
  • To provide practical and emotional support to survivors through our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service
  • To provide support through the Criminal Justice System
  • To provide information and advice to individuals, communities and agencies
  • To provide one to one therapeutic counselling
  • To provide wellbeing workshops and other group-work support
  • To recruit staff and volunteers
  • To provide training, support and supervision to staff and volunteers
  • To deliver training to professionals,other agencies, employers and the wider community
  • To provide information and advice to individuals and agencies
  • To raise awareness on the issues and impact of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence
  • To monitor and evaluate service delivery and policies on a continual basis involving staff, volunteers and clients who use the service.

STARS Dorset does not work with anyone who has perpetrated sexual violence.

Please do contact us for any information you require about the service and if you are wanting to see any of our policies or provide any feedback please contact us. Feedback forms for individual services can be found on their pages in the 'Get Help' section.