Survivors West Yorkshire (SWY) and its male-focused Ben's Place online trauma-informed counseling service is survivor-led and focused. Its vision is to support the development of a range of evidence-based services that are gender-informed and accessible across West Yorkshire. Services which are user-friendly and proactively involve survivors.
Our aim is to create a specialist service which easily connects survivors and their supporters to professional services that work well for them.
Our focus is on internet support whilst exploring and developing new off-line options for survivors.
Our objective is via innovation and collaboration to support the self-empowerment of all survivors of sexual violence- abuse by developing robustly evaluated psychological interventions.
Supported by self – help knowledge and social action involvement and best practice co-production projects which allow survivors to become an authentic expert resource to support policy and service improvements for themselves and others.
Underpinning our service is an ethos of partnership - collaborative working across sectors to create collective impacts.
** Please note we do not work with sexual offenders but recognise that survivors are sometimes sexual offenders and signpost appropriately to specialist services who can support them effectively. The following service may be helpful to you if have offended or feel you are at risk of doing so: www.stopitnow.org.uk