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For immediate release 6.2.2019: Sexual violence campaign launches in Lancashire

February 6th, 2019 by

The campaign, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, raises awareness of sexual violence, particularly within relationships and urges anyone affected to seek help from Lancashire Victim Services.

A new campaign encouraging anyone affected by sexual violence to seek support is being launched in Lancashire as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week.

Speaking at an awareness event at Blackpool Teaching Hospital Mr Grunshaw said: “Any form of sexual violence is clearly unacceptable.

“We know that 31% of all reported rapes in Lancashire happen within relationships. This is shocking and we have to send out a clear message that being in a relationship does not equate to having the right to force or coerce your partner into anything they don’t want to do.

“Anyone who uses physical force or coerces their partner to comply is committing a crime and it is important that we spread that message.

“If you are in a relationship where that choice is taken away from you I would urge you to contact Lancashire Victim Services for support and advice, even if you don’t want to report to the police.

“It is fitting that we launch the campaign here in Blackpool where my office is funding a specialist support worker to offer help to anyone who has experienced sexual violence while they are receiving care at the Hospital.

“Making sure that support is available in health settings is a great step forward and it means that those affected can get support in a place where they may feel able to speak out about what has happened to them.

“Supporting victims and vulnerable people is so important and I am committed to making sure that specialist support is out there whenever and wherever it is needed.”  

Dee Conlon, Operations Manager at Lancashire Victim Services added: “Sexual violence is a terrible crime that has a long lasting impact on those affected.

“It can happen to anyone, from any background, male, female, young or old. Our specialist case workers are here to provide emotional support and help you to find the best way forward.”

Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh from Lancashire Constabulary said: “Our focus is to keep people safe and feeling safe. No person has the right to coerce, intimidate or force their partner to do things they don’t want to.

“We take all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously and will continue to work hard to investigate incidents of sexual violence within any relationship.”

The campaign which has been developed jointly between the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Lancashire Victim Services and Lancashire Constabulary will see posters, banners and leaflets distributed to health settings and public spaces across the county.

Materials will also be shared on websites and across social media to raise awareness and direct people to Lancashire Victim Services for help and support.

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Clive Grunshaw, the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner is
responsible for:
recruiting the Chief Constable and holding him to account for the work of the police
setting and updating a county wide police and crime plan
commissioning services for victims and witnesses of crime across Lancashire
meeting and consulting residents about crime and anti-social behaviour and
setting the police budget and agreeing the council tax precept that
goes towards funding the police in Lancashire

The Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan includes four priorities. These include protecting local policing, tackling crime and re-offending, supporting vulnerable people and victims, and developing safe and confident communities.

For more information about the work of the Lancashire Police and
Crime Commissioner visit

Editor’s note:

For more details contact [email protected] or telephone 01772 533587.

Independent Inquiry CSA News

December 2nd, 2018 by

IICSA have published their November 2018 Newsletter of 2018 and 2019 past & upcoming hearings and seminars, including Truth Project statistics:

Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse News:

Please click here:

Inquiry Stakeholder Newsletter November 2018


If you would like to attend a hearing and/or seminar, please click here for more information:

How to attend hearings and seminars


Job Vacancies

July 26th, 2018 by

We are seeking

Freelance Children’s Sessional Play Therapists  

Salary: £30.00 per counselling session/clinical assessment

Base: Preston, Blackpool, Sklemersdale or Burnley

Job Description

We have opportunities  for Children’s Sessional Therapists to join our team. We provide specialist sexual violence counselling, advocacy support and training.

The minimum entry requirements for this role is a Diploma in Counselling with Children and post qualifying experience of providing therapy with children. You will also be a full member of a professional body and committed to upholding their standards and ethics.

The successful candidates will join our established team working to maintain our excellent reputation in Lancashire, and look to develop this further through innovative practice.

You will be supported by our Clinical Lead.

Supervision provided.

To apply:

To apply, please email [email protected]  or call 01772 825288 for a job application pack.

Trust House Lancashire ensures safe recruitment processes and successful applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS check

Lightening the Shadow of Abuse Survey

June 13th, 2018 by

Can you help us Gather Information about your Experiences

The team at King’s are keen to hear the view of female survivors of childhood sexual abuse who have had children and those who have not yet, but think they may like to at some stage.

The Survivors’ Trust has been working with a research team from King’s College, London led by Dr Elsa Montgomery in the production of an online learning resource. This resource will help prepare female survivors of childhood sexual abuse for pregnancy and birth.

The team has already conducted focus groups but is keen to hear the views of more survivors.

It is now possible to participate either by completing a questionnaire or by speaking to one of the research team by telephone or WhatsApp. Please be assured that confidentiality and anonymity for participants is of utmost importance to us.  More information is available via the following link to the Survivors’ Trust Website.

We know that pregnancy and birth are times of great change for any woman but they can be particularly challenging for survivors of abuse. At present, there are no resources that can help them to think through the issues, learn of the experiences of other survivors and prepare themselves for the emotions of pregnancy, birth and motherhood – including the potential resurfacing of feelings related to their abuse.

This work is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is an exciting opportunity for researchers and survivors to work together to produce the much-needed resource.


Any further information is available from [email protected] telephone 020 7848 3632


Spring Ball 2018

February 22nd, 2018 by

Fundraising Success!

The Spring Ball organised with the kind help of the BNI Diamond Group in Preston was a huge success with Trust House raising £10,000 from activities and tickets!

Many thanks to those who helped make it happen and to those kind people who were so generous with their donations. This money will enable us to provide support to people who have been affected by sexual abuse, violence and trauma.




Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018

January 18th, 2018 by


Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018




Peer Talk Volunteers here for a Sexual Violence Awareness Talk

The first of our talks is happening today for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week 2018.

Peer Talk joined us today to have a general awareness talk from Ian Shaw, one of our ISVA Workers.

We have organised several talks this walk to mark Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week 2018. These talks are also available as training to organisations and teams or we can organise bespoke training for you. Please contact us for an idea of costs to you. The training aims to give your team an understanding of sexual violence and what to do if someone discloses to you.

The talks are given by professionals who have many years experience in this field, working with survivors, police and social workers.

For more information please call us on 01772 825288 or to book us in.

Charity Competition

September 13th, 2017 by

Thank you Marler Haley for this opportunity.#MHCharityComp

Marler Haley


Tesco Bags of Help

September 5th, 2017 by

We are pleased to announce that we have been nominated as one of the charities that features in Tesco stores in their Bags of Help programme. Customers will be asked to chose from 3 charities they would like Tesco to donate money raised by charging for plastic bags.  We would ask our supporters to please look out for our bin and put their token in our slot when they shop at Tesco’s


Call Out for Volunteer Counsellors

August 22nd, 2017 by

We are looking to recruit Volunteer Counsellors to provide one-to-one counselling with adults, children and young people, who are affected by childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence or rape to support their recovery. We are also looking for volunteer help with our Support Line, fundraising and administration tasks. Role descriptions are downloadable below. (more…)

Sessional Work

August 14th, 2017 by

Trust House are currently looking for Children’s Sessional Therapists to join our team.


We are interested in hearing from qualified therapists / counsellors with current or recent experience in play or art therapy with children.

If you are interested in making an application, please download our application pack by clicking on the links below. Email your completed documents to [email protected].


You can post them to Trust House Lancashire, PO Box 1355, Preston PR2 0UE

Application Form-Sessional Counselling

CYP Sessional Therapist Role Description August 2017

Job Advert


For more information please contact Liz Pascoe, Clinical Lead, on 01772 825288 or email [email protected].

Trust House Lancashire ensures safe recruitment processes and successful applicants will be required to have an enhanced DBS check.


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