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Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services

Over 40 years of listening and supporting the local community and beyond.


Our service is now available to survivors of all genders, aged 18+, and offers many services in addition to face-to-face counselling, with male and female counsellors, and helpline services. We provide our services for women in a women-only space.

We are a team of highly qualified and skilled professionals and our excellent reputation means that we are recognised as a vital organisation in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Our History

Formerly the Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre, we were established over 40 years ago by a group of women concerned about the support available for women survivors of sexual violence and about the myths and assumptions that were attached to rape.

The centre ran for several years with no secure funding, but due to the sheer hard work and determination of this group of women, we survived and evolved into the service it is today.


We acknowledge and oppose all forms of sexual violence and abuse regardless of whether the violence is from known or unknown perpetrators. This can be any act of physical, psychological and emotional violation inflicted on a person without consent.

Sexual Violence Can Include:

  • Rape and rape in marriage.
  • Sexual violence and childhood abuse.
  • Forced marriage.
  • Honour based violence.
  • Female genital mutilation (Cutting).
  • Trafficking and sexual exploitation.
  • Ritual abuse.
  • Sexual Harassment.
  • Grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation.
  • Forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts without their consent.

We aim to Support Survivors in the Following Ways:

  1. To relieve the distress of anyone who has suffered any kind of sexual violence through the provision of our specialist range of services which promote healing and recovery for those affected.
  2. To have the freedom to take control of their own lives and to make their own choices.
  3. To always be treated with dignity and respect, from a basis of equality where diversity is supported and celebrated.
  4. To receive services and support which empower them to achieve their full potential.
  5. To raise awareness and educate other professionals in this area of work and within society generally by raising awareness of the issues and impact of sexual violence.


We are a member of Rape Crisis England & Wales and have been awarded the National Service Standards Kite Mark for our service. This follows a rigorous standards assessment of our organisation and ensures that our services are consistently delivered to a high standard. We are also a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

We share best practice and work closely with other agencies and organisations to ensure that a holistic and continuously high standard of service is offered to our clients.

Futher Information

Copies of our Annual Report, Accounts, training certificates and information around our regulatory and ethical competence are available upon request.

Please email admin@nottssvss.org.uk or phone 0115 947 0064

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news-briefing-reports-nsvss News, Briefing & Reports

We are looking for a dedicated Children and Young Person’s Crisis Support Worker to provide sensitive, client-centered, non–judgmental support to survivors, aged 17 and under, of sexual violence.
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Find out how you can use your voice to create change by giving feedback on our service and responding to government consultations.
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Join us for a Week of Action from 5-11 February and show your support for survivors this Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week!
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