Voices of Survivors Project.
I started volunteering at Manchester Rape Crisis in 1990 and, ever since, I have been involved with groups and campaigns that work to end violence against women and girls and to support survivors.
Women within the rape crisis movement have always worked hard to try to make the services that they offer available to a wide range of women. I remember time when women from Manchester Rape Crisis visited women in Styal Prison and held drop-in sessions on Canal Street, to make the services easier for women to access. Later on, at Trafford Rape Crisis, we established dedicated services for Black women and held events to help to publicise these. However, all of these efforts have always been hard to maintain, because of a lack of money and other resources. So, this piece of research really matters to me, in that it will help to build evidence of the need for a wider range of services, to allow all survivors to access to the support that makes a difference.
I hope that we have designed a questionnaire that many women, from different backgrounds, will be able to complete. I also hope that women will find the support that they need to allow them to tell us what they need to say. More than this, in the future, I hope that the results of the survey will allow women to build better services and continue to support survivors.