Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group (PRCCG) was established in 1983 in response to a need amongst women and girls for a safe, confidential, non-judgmental support service. Since then, the charity has supported thousands of women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
In partnership with our sister centre Cambridge Rape Crisis, we offer a range of services to survivors in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire that are free at the point of contact. Both centres are accredited members of Rape Crisis England & Wales, adhering to the Rape Crisis National Service Standards (RCNSS) which ensure the provision of consistent, high-quality, specialist services to survivors. We can also provide support and information to men and boys who have experienced sexual violence however these services are delivered separately from the provision for women and girls.
We accept referrals from any individual or organisation and all our services are free of charge:
Helpline and Telephone Support (women-only service)
PRCCG offer a confidential service of listening support provided over the telephone. Our volunteers will listen to survivors and help them find ways to express difficult feelings and talk about difficult situations. We never tell survivors what to do, nor do we offer advice or try to influence decisions. We can also provide information on other support services and explore self-help techniques.
Face to Face Support (survivors aged 13 upwards)
PRCCG offer free face-to-face emotional support and counselling sessions for survivors of sexual violence in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. Support is provided on a weekly or fortnightly basis by the same support worker or counsellor. Our volunteers will not judge survivors or tell them what to do but will help them to try to make sense of what has happened – they are there to walk alongside survivors on their journey from cope to recover.
Pre-trial support is offered to survivors while the criminal justice process is on-going, and a trial may be possible. From the point when a survivor reports what happened to the police to the time when all court proceedings are complete we can offer a limited style of face to face support to ensure that survivors feel emotionally supported whilst also trying not influence the evidence they would give in court.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)
The ISVAs at PRCCG offer practical and emotional support to enable survivors to access or engage with the Police, GP Surgeries, Sexual Health Clinics, Family Planning, Social Services, CPS, Court Services and Mental Health Services as well as other specialist support services such as Women’s Aid and the IDVA service.
Information & Resources
What is Sexual Violence
PRCCG offer a confidential Helpline for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time of their lives.