Helpline: 0118 958 4033

Pre-trial therapy

The term “pre-trial therapy” is used to describe any type of therapy that is accessed when a report has been made to the police, a criminal investigation is underway and before the case has gone to trial.

You can access therapy at any time, before, during or after the criminal justice process. The choice of when to access therapy is entirely yours and should not be delayed because of an ongoing criminal justice process. Accessing therapy pre-trial can be helpful in supporting you emotionally with what has happened, and the impact of the criminal justice process itself. (You can also access our Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) and ChISVA services. They are specially trained to offer you practical and emotional support throughout the criminal justice process.)

When a criminal case is underway, we are required to work within CPS guidelines and, in some situations, the police or the CPS may seek access to the notes we keep about your sessions as part of the case material. We keep limited notes, and the police will not have access to all of your therapy notes, only very specific pieces of information. If the police ask us for access to your notes, we will always ask you first whether you want them to be shared. We will also offer to go through the notes together and share with you a copy of everything that is sent. For service users under the age of 16, we will always seek the permission of a parent / carer to share any information.

If you have any questions or concerns, then you can discuss these with your counsellor.

There’s no excuse for rape or sexual abuse. Please call the helpline on 0118 958 4033

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