Meet the Team
Allow us to introduce ourselves
RIV directors Gina Gonzales (founder), Ann Gill and Janet Cullingford all hold child care, counselling and training qualifications.
We have a wealth of life and professional experience as well as extensive knowledge, skills and expertise gained from working within children & families, education, third sector and social care settings.
As a service we have duty of care to survivors and potential supporters and are fully aware of the need to be very cautious in how we proceed with our plans for Ri-Victory and are fully committed to ongoing training and professional development to enable us to further enhance provision. Gina has received specialist training in supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence, through Victim Support service and has gained
several years work experience in these areas.
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Please note, this is a new website a Work in Progress, please feel free to contact our service via the email link below or by telephone, to offer advise or support as to the type on content you would like to see on the site.
As a service, we have three action points:
The time has come to stand together and face the fact that CSA is a whole society issue, if we ignore the problem we are simply allowing a veil of secrecy for the abusers to hide behind and therefore giving perpetrators opportunities to continue with this crime against vulnerable children.
By raising awareness of CSA we can send a message to perpetrators that as a community we believe that sexual abuse is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated it in our society. The message we would like to give to survivors is that you are not alone and that there are many adults who have experienced this crime, it is safe to talk and access support if this is something you think you may need.
Partnership & Training
Our multi-agency approach is a major component of our service, our intention is to work in collaboration with local support services by exchanging & sharing Information, skills and expertise. We deliver CSA Awareness Workshops to individuals and organisations who feel that they would benefit from knowing more about this issue.
Survivors deserve to be heard in a way that is best for them as individuals. People who have been abused often need and benefit from opportunities to validate their stories, speaking out about their experiences often leads to a sense of freedom and relief and can be very empowering. Our 1:1 confidential listening service, provides support to individuals to enable them to work out where they are emotionally on their own personal healing journey, and signpost onto professional counselling/therapy if required.
We also provide access to our Peer Support Network.
RELEASE into Victory is a support service for adults over the age of 18 who have experienced or are affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA).
RiV is a non profit Community Interest Company established in 2013; based in Preston we operate across Central Lancashire.
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but s/he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
- Martin Luther King JR