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Family & Friends

The Birchall Trust appreciate the devastating impact sexual abuse can have of on a parent/guardian, a close relative or friends of the survivor.

We can support you through this and will allocate you a counsellor if you choose this for yourself.

The office staff will support and treat your call with understanding and respect.


How can we help?

We welcome any family & friend's of a survivor who identify as male, female, straight, lesbian/gay, trans or non-binary.

We offer the counselling services to friends and family of survivors who have experienced rape and/or sexual abuse so they can help their loved ones through their counselling journey.

All of our counsellors are qualified, experienced and registered with a professional body.  They have specialist trauma training alongside their counselling qualification and understand how childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault impacts a family & friend’s life. We are here to support you in a non-judgemental and sensitive way.

For our younger clients who access our Children's services (4 - 12 years), here at Birchall we work with individual children but can also offer joint counselling, which involves parents/carers or siblings.


Sexual abuse of a survivor can have a profound impact on a family & friend’s life, it can impact on your long term emotional and physical wellbeing.

Family and Friend's of a survivor impacted by sexual abuse are probably living with some painful feelings that need to be processed, you may recognise some or all of these feelings below:

  • Feeling numb, or shut down

  • Feeling anger, sadness and confusion

  • Feelings of guilt

  • Feeling like it’s “your fault” or you’re somehow to blame

  • Feeling afraid, scared

  • Feeling stressed and anxious

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Our Services for you

We offer a number of different training sessions at Birchall for you.

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