Since 2015, Synergy Essex has focused over 53 years of frontline experience in our centres into vital support for survivors and victims of sexual violence and abuse.
The UK Rape Crisis movement was formed in 1976. The first centre launched in London the same year. Thurrock gained a volunteer-run phone line in 1984. In 1989, CARA opened its doors as Colchester Rape Crisis Line. SOS Rape Crisis joined in 2012 as part of the government commitment to opening 15 Rape Crisis Centres across England.
Throughout this rich and dynamic history, storytelling of experiences through the oral tradition has remained the main way knowledge and understanding were passed on. Now, we're co-creating a space where thinking, evidence, policy, experiences and academic research combine to challenge the acceptance of sexual violence in society.
This space is for you: survivors, researchers, commissioners, funders, boards of trustees, police, journalists, teachers, social workers, activists and volunteers. Here, you can:
- Remember, learn from and celebrate our past, with archive documents you won't find anywhere else.
- Witness how today's survivors experience support from Synergy Essex, with statistics, updates and impact tracking.
- Collaborate to broaden understanding with new consultations, studies and research.
- Share your story or amplify the voices of survivors, activists and support teams.
Join us and let's create social change.