Taking back control: The health, mental health and well-being benefits of accessing Rape Crisis counselling 


Dr Nicole Westmarland, Sue Alderson and Lizzy Kirkham

Publication date: 

1st Jan 2013

Rape Crisis Centres have provided support to survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence in England and Wales since the late 1970s. However, the last decade has seen sustained funding difficulties and there is little research to demonstrate their impact (particularly on outcomes).  This action research project developed and piloted a tool called the ‘Taking Back Control’ tool that measures the impact of Rape Crisis counselling over time. The research team believed this to be the first study of its kind.