Our services

We provide a free, confidential and non-judgemental specialist support service run by women for women and girls who have experienced any form of rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence no matter where or when it happened. We provide emotional and practical support and information by helpline, email and counselling.

We believe you. We will listen to you and support you. You are not alone.

Helpline

Helpline number: 0161 647 7559

Alternative number: 0800 783 4608

Opening times:
Tuesday evening: 6pm to 9pm
Thursday evening: 6pm to 9pm
Sunday afternoon: 3pm to 6pm


If you would prefer to speak to a BME woman:

Helpline number: 0800 434 6484

Opening times:
Friday morning: 10am to 1pm

 

Email Support

How do I email you? If you would like to receive emotional support from us by email, you can contact us at dorothytrc@hotmail.co.uk 

We aim to respond within five days and our average response time is currently three days.

What is email support? Our email support service is a free, confidential and anonymous emotional support service. Our email support service is for women and girls age over 13, from all backgrounds who are survivors of rape, child sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence. It doesn’t matter when this abuse happened, whether recently or a long time ago, we are here for you.

It is an online service where you can send us an email at any time, and one of our trained women volunteers will email you back. The email support service provides you with a safe space to share as little or as much as you would like to. If you would find it helpful, you can share difficult feelings and talk about difficult situations. We will read your email and send you a supportive response without offering advice or telling you what to do. If you would like, you can reply to this and continue the conversation, and receive ongoing email support.

We can ask questions and help you explore your options, and if you ask us for information about other forms of support, we can help provide this too.

Male survivors and supporters can find information about relevant support services here Survivors Manchester – Break the silence

I want to be anonymous when I email you – can you see my email address?

If you contact us by email, we will know what email address you contacted us from. This means that if your email address contains your name, we will know your name. If you do not want us to know your email address you could set up a free anonymous email address and use it to correspond with us. Companies such as ProtonmailYahoo and Gmail supply free email addresses.

How long do you keep my emails?

We delete emails after two months. This means that if you email us more than once we will be able to see that you have contacted us before, but we don’t keep emails for longer than two months as a way to help preserve your confidentiality. This means that if you return to using the service after a significant break, we won’t have a record of your previous emails.

Will you tell anyone what I say?

You can talk to us about anything in complete confidence. We will never repeat anything you say outside of TRC. The volunteer team can see your email(s) and we discuss them within the service (see ‘Will I receive emails from the same person?).

We do not report anything that is said to us to the police or any other outside body.

Our confidentiality policy is available for download if you want further information. If you are under 18, we will not pass along anything you say unless you tell us your full name and address or ask us to report to the police on your behalf. We respect your right to make decisions about your own life.

What happens when I email?

When you email us, you will receive an automatic response letting you know that we have received your email and that we aim to respond within seven days.

If you don’t receive a reply within seven days, it may be worth checking your junk mail folder just in case. Please note that we are unable to open any attachments (documents, photos etc.).

How often can I email?

You can email us more than once, and if you find it helpful you can email us regularly.

If you email us more than once within a period of a few days, we will read your separate emails and respond with one reply which addresses them all.

Will I receive emails from the same person?

If you email us more than once over time, your emails will be answered by different volunteers. We use the name Dorothy to represent the team at TRC.

Our volunteers are all trained in providing support to survivors of sexual violence, and if you have been emailing regularly they will be aware that you have contacted us previously.

Volunteers discuss the emails we receive to encourage each other to deliver a good and consistent support service.

What if I’m not confident writing in English and/or English isn’t my first language?

We understand that it can be difficult to email us if you’re not confident writing in English, and we will read your emails carefully and support you as best we can.

 

Prank or abusive users: Email support volunteers will ignore prank or abusive emails.

 

Counselling

We provide free one to one counselling with specially trauma-trained therapists, for women who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any stage of their lives.

Counselling may not be beneficial for everyone. To assist you to make that decision, we arrange an assessment session to see whether we can support you, and for you to see if TRC can meet your needs.

If you live in Greater Manchester, you can email us on counselling@traffordrapecrisis.com and we will get back to you within 14 working days.

Please make sure in your email, you tell us how you’d prefer to be contacted. Please also include a contact number, when you are available to take the call and if it’s safe to leave you a voice mail. Alternatively, you can securely fill in this online self-referral form, or download the form and email it to counselling@traffordrapecrisis.com.

Feedback on our services

We welcome feedback on all aspects of the services we provide.  Please email us at traffordrapecrisis@googlemail.com or write to us at our PO Box address at:

Trafford Rape Crisis
Unit 314 Peel House
30 The Downs
Altrincham WA14 2PX

We take complaints very seriously and have a formal complaints procedure.  For more information, please contact us via email in the first instance.