Last updated: July 2023

This is an overview of the cookies that are used on Survivors’ Forum. Cookies are small text files that are uploaded to your device when you visit a website. This policy explains why and how we use these, and how you can control this.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to understand and improve the user experience, but they may contain your personal information. Some are needed for the site to function, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies, while others provide us with information about how you use the site.

How can you control cookies?

You have the right to decide whether you want to accept or reject cookies. You can set your preferences in the cookie consent bar at the bottom of the page:

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Essential cookies cannot be rejected because they are required for the site to function. If you choose to reject cookies, you will still be able to use the site.

You can also set your browser to automatically turn cookies on or off:


What cookies do we use?


These cookies are necessary for Survivors’ Forum to function and for you to use its features.


CookieYes is what we use to remember your cookie preferences. These cookies remember your consent settings and whether you’ve accepted or rejected non-essential cookies. These expire after one year.


We use a tool called CleanTalk to protect Survivors’ Forum from spam. These are not used to collect your information, or for marketing or advertising, this is only to make sure that we do not have spam users attempting to join or post on the site. CleanTalk can store and process your IP address. Your data will be stored for 7 days and then deleted from their server.


ReciteMe is the organisation who built the accessibility toolbar available across the site. None of their cookie data is linked to personal information, instead they are used to remember your accessibility preferences e.g. which language you’ve selected. The cookies remembering your toolbar preferences expire when the browsing session ends, and the cookie remembering your language settings expires after a month.


These cookies collect information to help us understand how the site is being used which we use to let funders know the demand for Survivors’ Forum, as well as to plan future developments based on what might improve the user experience.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics processes and collects data to allow us to understand how people interact with the site so we can plan improvements. We also provide some of these statistics to funders, but we do not include your personal data. Instead, we might say something like, “Last year, there were ___ visits to Survivors’ Forum.”

Google Analytics does process some location data, at the level of city or region, but it is not precise enough to say an address or street. It will track device/browser information, for example, “___% of visits used a mobile device.” It also tracks on-site activities, for instance, which pages are people visiting, where are people clicking. IP address data is not logged or stored.

Updates and further information

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time to reflect chances to the cookies we use so please visit this page regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies. The date at the top of this Cookie Policy indicates when it was last updated.

For more information on what Women’s Aid does with your data, see our Privacy Notice. If you’d like any further information, please email us at

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