Välitä! provides crisis intervention and support groups for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence as well as their friends and family. The services are confidential, free of charge and open to all.
About Välitä! sexual violence services
Välitä! provides crisis intervention and support groups for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence as well as their friends and family.
Our services are confidential, free of charge and open to all. We are not aligned with any religious or political group. We are part of the Violence and Crisis Intervention Unit of Setlementti Tampere ry. Our operations are funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, with revenue from Veikkaus.
What we do
We offer discussion and guidance for victims, perpetrators, friends and family in crisis situations caused by sexual violence. We also hold support groups that will help you recover from experiences of violence.
The following are examples of sexual violence:
- You’re under 16 years old and are forced to have sex with an adult.
- You’re forced to consent to sex every time your spouse wants to.
- You’re pressured into doing sexual acts that you don’t want to do.
- Someone touches you in ways that you don’t like.
- Someone makes unwanted and disturbing propositions towards you face-to-face or online.
- Someone hurts you with sexual words, gestures or images.
- You are raped.
We provide assistance by phone, online and during personal meetings. You can contact us immediately after an incident or later, even if the incident happened a long time ago.
You can come to the meetings alone or together with a friend, family member or a professional whom you know. We will discuss your situation with you and look for ways to help you feel better. We will help you understand the impacts of what has happened, give you information about your rights and, if necessary, help you get additional support.
For whom are the services intended?
Our services are intended for victims and perpetrators of sexual violence as well as their friends and family.
You can also contact us if you are suspected of committing such an act, or if you are worried about your own actions.
Our employees speak Finnish and English; we otherwise use an interpreter, whenever possible. Our office is located in Tampere, but you can contact us from anywhere in Finland.