Eva Therapy Service

supporting women and girls to recover from domestic and sexual abuse and trauma

Contact Eva through Vida's office number: [0114] 275 0101

Tranquil image of stepping stones at Rivelin, SheffieldEva Therapy Service is for women and girls who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse and trauma [which can include experiences related to trafficking, gangs and sexual exploitation]. Often, those who have experienced abuse can develop depression, anxiety and symptoms associated with post traumatic stress. For some survivors the effects may reduce once they are living safely but, for others, symptoms can develop over several years, often when they are no longer living with the abuse.

Post-traumatic stress symptoms can include flashbacks, hypervigilance, nightmares, intrusive thoughts/images and feeling as if you are still living with the abuse.

NICE guidelines recognise the benefits of 'brief interventions' for people affected by abuse, to help in their recovery and in moving on with their lives.

Eva also offers placements to qualified volunteers, and to suitably experienced trainee counsellors [with appropriate supervision] to allow us to offer a wider range of counselling and therapy to a bigger number of service users.
Eva can offer the following brief interventions [up to 20 weeks]:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy [trauma-focused]
  • Integrative Counselling
  • EMDR

Eva Support Group

Vida also offer a fortnightly support group with craft activities and opportunities for informal support, with other women who have had similar experiences. Ring the Vida office for details.

Domestic Abuse and Mental Health

  • Between 50% and 60% of women mental health service users have experienced domestic abuse, and up to 20% will be experiencing current abuse. [Department of Health, 2003; Bowstead, 2000; ReSisters, 2002]
  • Domestic violence and other abuse is the most prevalent cause of depression, suicide, and other mental health difficulties in women [O'Keane, 2000; Humphreys, 2003; Humphreys and Thiara, 2003; Vidgeon, 2003]