MENU menu

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs.

If you are a victim or survivor of any type of sexual violence you can access our services by:

Filling in our




We try to contact all new referrals within 2 working days.

Telephoning us on  


01206 769795

We try to answer calls within office hours, whenever we can.  Out of office hours, or if we are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message on our answerphone.

Or you can e-mail us on

Contacting our Essex-wide team of




 03000 037 777


or finding out more about Essex-wide services through



Can refer clients to CARA through our



CARA is a registered charity working with adults of all genders, young people and children from across mid and north Essex.   We work from our head office in Colchester and from outreach premises in Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Dunmow and Harwich.


CARA recognises that women who have experienced sexual violence may need safe, women-only spaces. One floor of our Colchester premises is designated as a women-only safe space.  Other rooms we use are located in shared buildings, but the CARA office will always be a women-only space.


We provide women-only referral pathways; meaning when you initially contact CARA you will only ever talk with, or meet women workers. Most of our team are women, but support from a male counsellor can be provided on request.


CARA is a support service for victims and survivors.   For enquiries about training, consultancy or evaluation and research services, we direct you to our partner, ICENA. ICENA delivers education and consultancy to businesses, organisations and schools to promote gender equality and prevent gender based violence. To find out more, visit ICENA’ s website.