The Quetzal is native Central and South American bird which was caught for its beautiful head and tail feathers and caged. Legend has it that it dies when caged. The support Quetzal has to offer helps to break down the bars of psychological cages for women who are recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.
Quetzal was the brainchild of Jennifer Anthony Black, beginning in 1989 as a self-help group and then developing into a more formal range of professional support services. Sadly, Jennifer passed away in March 2009, but her vision remains.
In 2019, Quetzal celebrated its 30 years and the start of a new journey as it strive to develop its services further. Quetzal remains the only long-term counselling services supporting women recovering from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. Through its outreach work, Quetzal also aspire to become a driving force in using a community-based approach to empower communities with the knowledge and capacity to support further women affected by non-recent abuse.