Mission Statement

Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS) aims to promote healthy relationships and alleviate the physical, emotional and psychological distress associated with interpersonal trauma including rape and sexual abuse/exploitation.

PARCS work with all genders aged 5 and above who are resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

The charity provides free specialist support, counselling and psychotherapy to survivors of sexual abuse. It also runs a community awareness programme aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of sexual abuse.

PARCS work is undertaken by a small team of paid staff and volunteers and supported through fundraising and the provision of local and national funding.

What do we offer?

Emotional Telephone Support (ETS)

ETS provides sustained telephone support over a number of weeks to survivors of sexual and/or domestic abuse.


Providing specialist support and information for adult survivors and their supporters.

PARCS Helpline operates on the following days and time. Monday (1pm - 3pm), Wednesday and Friday (7pm - 10pm). The numbers are :- Womens line 023 9266 9511, Mens line 023 9266 9516.

Specialist counselling and psychotherapy for survivors of sexual and/or domestic abuse

Counselling for Parents and family members

Specialist groups

Our groups include a singing group, a psycho-education group called Beyond Trauma and a 'drop-in' group.

Training, consultation and clinical supervision

Awareness and Prevention Service

A responsive community based educational programme.

How we work

PARCS has a written Complaint Procedure and Equal Opportunities Statement.

The agency is a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, The Helplines Partnership, meets The Survivors Trust Standards and is an organisational member of the Survivors Trust.

PARCS adheres to Hampshire wide Safeguarding policies and procedures for children and vulnerable adults.