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LGBTQ+ Support

We are here to support you. We understand what you may be experiencing and we can help.

Remember, you are never alone.

If you are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rape and/or trauma, you are not alone.

At Freeva, we understand the unique challenges that members of the LGBTQ+ community often face, particularly around domestic/sexual abuse, accessing appropriate support and facing stigmas.

We recognise that these barriers may be making it difficult for you to reach out for the help you need, which is why we provide a safe, inclusive space where you will be heard, respected, and understood as you navigate your journey to recovery.

When you get in touch with us, you will be assigned a support worker with an in-depth understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and the struggles that you may be facing.

From our helpline to our one-on-one counselling, all of Freeva’s services are delivered with kindness and compassion, in a judgment-free environment.

Seeking Support

Our Specialist LGBTQ+ Support service can help with:

Listening Service

Our team are always respectful, kind, and empathetic, allowing you to feel truly heard, seen, and understood if you choose to tell us about your experiences.

Information

We will talk you through your options depending on your situation: from legal advice to finding accommodation.

Decision Making

Our team will help and empower you to make decisions about your future.

Safety Planning

We can work with you to form and implement a safety plan if you feel at risk.

Specialist Support

We provide specialist one-to-one support tailored to you and your circumstances.

Reporting

We will discuss your reporting options with you if you are considering reporting an incident to the police, and can guide you through the process if you choose to proceed.

Real Life Stories

Ash’s Story

“I will forever be grateful for how Freeva have supported Ash through such a difficult time.” Find out how Freeva’s services helped Ash and their family.

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Marie’s Story

Marie called Freeva’s helpline and spoke with a friendly support worker who guided her through weeks of support. Find out how Freeva’s services helped her and her family.

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James’s Story

“Freeva didn’t just help him cope with the sexual abuse, but they also took into account the other factors that were affecting his life.” Find out how Freeva’s services helped James and his friend.

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Reporting to the police

You do not have to report to the police to get support from us.

If you don’t want to report, we are here to support you with any emotional needs, guidance, safety planning and help you access any more relevant information.

If you are considering reporting to the police, we can help you understand how the criminal justice process works. We can talk you through what will happen if you do report to the police, what will happen if you report anonymously or the importance and process of forensic DNA retrieval.

*There are times that on our Helpline and in all our Domestic Abuse services, we will report to the police, with or without consent, if the risk to a client, child or third party, is significantly high.

How to get help

We provide our support service to anyone who has experienced rape and/or sexual assault living in the Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland areas, and domestic violence living in Leicestershire County.

If you live outside of the Leicestershire or Rutland area, please contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Seeking Support

Looking for support? Call our helpline today.

Get Informed

If you’re not yet ready to speak to someone, we have a range of information and resources available for you to read and use in the meantime.

To refer yourself to our support services, and begin your journey to a brighter future, call 0808 802 0028.

What is Sexual Abuse

What is Sexual Abuse?

Below, we provide insights into what constitutes sexual abuse, offering a guide to recognising key signs and addressing common concerns.

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Building Healthy Relationships

We know building healthy relationships after abuse can be a challenge, so we’ve put together a guide to help empower you to foster safe and supportive connections.

What is domestic abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Not sure what domestic abuse is? We answer the frequently asked questions and give you signs you can look out for below.

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Services for those Affected

Adult Therapeutic Support

Freeva’s counselling team provide an environment of trust and confidence to help you focus on any feelings you may be experiencing. Find out more about our Adult Therapeutic Support.

Sexual Violence Support

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisers offer practical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused, including grooming, FGM and exploitation (CSE). Find out more about our Sexual Violence Support.

Children and Young People

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisers are independent from the police and social services, and can listen to you, support you and answer any questions that you or your family might have. Find out more about our specialist Children & Young People service.

Support for Parents and Carers

Our specialised service, The YP Project can work with you as a parent/carer to give you the tools and support you need to de-escalate situations in a healthy way, and repair and reconnect with your child again. Find out more about our Support for Parents & Carers.

Specialist Male Support

Freeva’s dedicated Male support team works alongside our accredited Helpline team to provide support. Find out more about our Specialist Male Support.

Specialist BAME Support

Freeva’s dedicated BAME support team works alongside our accredited Helpline team to provide support. Find out more about our Specialist BAME Support.

Partner Support Service

For anyone who has a partner, or ex-partner, attending our Jenkins Project programmes, we offer confidential support, and a safe space for you to talk about how you feel and your past experiences. Find out more about our Partner Support Service.

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