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Onyx service in Bedfordshire - One YMCA

What does our Onyx service in Bedfordshire aim to do?

Our Onyx service helps anyone who has been the victim of unwanted sexual contact. If you have been raped or sexually abused at any time in your life, our Onyx service can offer you practical support to deal with your circumstances. Our aim is to help give you the confidence, support and information you need to take control of your situation and move forward.

Our service is available to men, women, children and families, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack.

Our service is free and confidential for anyone who needs to access it.

What do we do?

Firstly we listen, we want to create a safety support plan that meets your needs. We may create a support plan that involves other agencies such as Housing, and Health, Social care.

We will also give you information to help you decide whether you want to report the incident(s) to the Police. You do not have to report the incident. If you decide not to report the matter, we will still provide you with support.

If you do decide to report the matter your worker will help you through the whole process, including working with the Police and the rest of the criminal justice system. Examples of the type of support your ISVA will provide include:

  • Liaising with the police, courts, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and other public agencies
  • Keeping you informed of developments in your case
  • Advocating on your behalf
  • Supporting you before and during any court case

What areas of sexual abuse may you be referred into the service for?

  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Trafficking and Exploitation
  • Harmful practices
  • Child Sexual Exploitation

We accept referrals from all agencies and also self-referral direct from clients.

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