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Who are we?

Portsmouth Abuse & Rape Counselling Service (PARCS) provides free specialist counselling and psychotherapy for people who have experienced sexual and/or domestic abuse, based in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire area.

PARCS also provides the following services:
· Counselling for parents, carers and family members
· Helpline – Emotional Telephone Support
· Specialist support groups
· Training, consultation and clinical supervision
· Awareness and prevention services



PARCS exists to:

Facilitate – Awareness
Create – Disruption
Offer – Support

In order to address sexual violation and domestic abuse using a trauma informed approach.

How it works

What is counselling?

Our counselling services are an opportunity for you to talk to someone about your experiences and how they affect you. You will not be judged, criticised or told what to do, but supported in being yourself and making your own choices. It can sometimes be hard to put your thoughts and feelings into words so you may wish to try other ways of expressing yourself, such as drawing or painting. It’s your choice.

If you live in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire areas and need our support, there are a number of counselling services provided. We offer counselling to all genders, orientations and backgrounds. You may be offered an initial assessment to meet with a counsellor as soon as we have capacity. During this initial session you will have an opportunity to discuss whether you feel ready to begin counselling and how many sessions PARCS can offer you.

Counselling at PARCS is confidential. There are some limits on confidentiality if someone is at risk of significant harm. This will be explained to you in details before you start your counselling. If this happens, your counsellor will always try and discuss it with you.

Our Counselling Services

What other support do you offer?

PARCS Helpline offers emotional support and signposting to callers by active listening.  The focus of each call is to support those who have experienced either recent or non-recent sexual abuse/rape and/or domestic abuse, or those who are the friend or family of someone who has experienced these types of abuse.

The service aims to:

  • Provide emotional and listening support
  • Help with practical information and guidance
  • Help with understanding and accessing relevant services and information
PARCS Helpline

Telephone: 0300 222 5735

The Helpline currently runs at the following times:

Mondays 11am-2pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4.30pm-8pm

If the helpline is closed, help is available from our local partners;

Yellow Door        023 8063 6313, Wednesdays 4-7pm

Start                   01962 868 688, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

Help is also available from the following national agencies:

Rape Crisis                                   0808 500 2222, Open 24/7
The Survivors Trust                        0808 801 0818,
Monday to Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-12.30pm, Sunday 6pm-8pm
The Male Survivors Helpline        0808 800 5005, Weekdays 9am-8pm, Weekends 10am-2pm


We believe that every community has a part to play in responding to and preventing sexual violence, and we all have the power to shrink the impact of the trauma caused by sexual abuse.

PARCS Training Modules have been developed with this specifically in mind. Aimed to meet the needs of any organisation, our training modules have been developed to help your staff, volunteers and supporters at every level, increasing awareness and understanding, as well as ensuring that your organisation exceeds in its duty of care creating a safe environment for those experiencing or have experienced Domestic Abuse or Trauma of any kind.


How you can help

Help give an adult or child survivor of abuse the support they need. Donate to our service today or find out more about volunteering.

Get in touch

General enquiries

To contact us about self-referrals or general advice, please call us on 02392 669513 or email [email protected].

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Telephone: 0300 222 5735

Mondays 11am-2pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4.30pm-8pm


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