First Light

First Light supports victims of sexual violence living in the Plymouth and Cornwall area and domestic abuse for those living in Cornwall.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICES
Contact us on 03458 121212 for Plymouth
Contact us on 01872 272059 for Cornwall

First Light acknowledges all forms of sexual violence including; rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, rape in marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.

This is irrespective of whether the violence is from known or unknown perpetrators, how long ago the abuse happened and whether or not you wish to report it to the police.

We can offer you support as follows:

• Support in reporting the incident to the police
• Counselling - Plymouth only
• Art Therapy (for under 18 year olds) - Plymouth only

DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES
Contact us on 0300 777 4 777

Most people hearing the words domestic violence think of physical abuse.

Domestic violence can involve physical violence such as beating, slapping and kicking. But there are other ways that your partner or other family member can abuse you. These may be sexual, emotional, psychological and financial.

First Light have created this a website for people living in Cornwall so they can learn more about domestic abuse and be made aware of the services we offer to help and support victims, survivors and their children.

Our services are free of charge and accessible to female and male victims of any age.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one off event and tends to get worse over time. Abusers may be current or ex partners or another member of your family.

Services

Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below


  1. We operate two specialist, safe and discreet centres in Truro & Plymouth for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. We will explain all procedures to you and help you to make an informed choice about your care. Our staff are experts in advising, supporting and treating those who have experienced sexual violence. We help men & women, regardless of sexual orientation from the age of 13 upwards with our forensic service, crisis support & Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service (ISVA)

  2. For the victims of sexual harassment, sexual abuse or rape the effects can be devastating and long lasting. A traumatic event or exposure to long-term abuse can impact on your capability to lead a normal life - both emotionally and socially. If you live in Plymouth or Cornwall we can offer support in reporting to the police. If you live in Plymouth we can also offer art therapy (for under 18 year olds). Please contact us on 03458 121212 (Plymouth) or 01872 272059 (Cornwall).

  3. At First Light (Plymouth) we can offer support through Art Therapy. Art Therapy does not require any particular art skills. You will be helped to relax and be yourself. The Art Therapist will guide you in finding your own way of working with art materials. Your privacy is respected, and you will not be judged from what you have created. If you live in Plymouth or Cornwall we can offer support in reporting to the police, a specialist Children and Young Persons ISVA will be allocated to you. Please contact us on 03458 121212 (Plymouth) or 01872 272059 (Cornwall)

  4. It is hard to give an exact definition of stalking because stalkers will often use multiple and differing methods to harass their victims. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour such as regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent and clearly unwanted causing you fear, harassment or anxiety then it is stalking and you should not have to live with it. Ring 0300 777 4 777

  5. This includes touching any part of your body, clothed or unclothed, either with their body or with an object. If you live in Plymouth or Cornwall and have experienced the above we can offer you support in reporting to the police. If you live in Plymouth we can also offer counselling or art therapy (for under 18 year olds). Please contact us on 03458 121212 (Plymouth) or 01872 272059 (Cornwall)

  6. Most people hearing the words domestic violence think of physical abuse. Domestic violence can involve physical violence such as beating, slapping and kicking. But there are other ways that your partner or other family member can abuse you. These may be sexual, emotional, psychological and financial. If you are experiencing any of the above please contact us on 0300 777 4 777 or visit our website to see how we can support you.