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News | 08 March 2019

Brand new website for Survivors’ Network

Bright, friendly and colourful website improves experience for all

Survivors’ Network, the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex, proudly announce their brand new website, built by web design company ‘wave’.

The Sussex charity was established to support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in 1990 and over the past 28 years has grown and developed. It now provides a wide range of services for those who have survived any form of sexual violence including a drop-in and helpline, counselling, and an independent advocacy service.

With approximately 3,000 assaults a year sexual violence is one of the most pervasive crimes in Sussex. It is also one of the most devastating violations anyone can experience and can have profound consequences to physical and psychological health.

“Many survivors seek support and advice online, so it is key that their first experience of our service, our website, is welcoming and informative. Our previous site was very dated and difficult to navigate, so we are delighted to have a new colourful, dynamic and simple to use website that really showcases the work that we do.”

Caitlin McCullough, Communications Officer at Survivors’ Network

The small local organisation was able to bring wave on board to rebuild and redesign their website thanks to investment from Rape Crisis England and Wales into the digital transformation of local Rape Crisis Centres.

With only 7 weeks to turn it around, wave worked on bespoke design development, a new calendar and secure online form functionalities and lots of small behind the scenes functions to help this incredibly important charity serve the community in the Sussex area. Their tireless work resulted in a professional, accessible and modern website that has significantly improved user experience, with a marked increase in referrals through the new online forms since the site went live.

During the design process, Survivors’ Network were committed to presenting a local, personal perspective. As a result, they held a photoshoot where staff, volunteers, trustees and their friends and family gave up their time to create warm images within the Survivors’ Network building. They were also kindly donated photos of the local area by photographers Paddy McCullough, Kandy Ackland and Sandra Dudler.