We've put together this list of specialist services, offering help and support to people who have experienced Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Child abuse and Mental health issues.
At present these are primarily UK based services. We will be updating the page soon.
Rape Crisis is a national organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and childhood sexual abuse. All groups work with women and girls and some groups work with men and boys. The website has information about local groups as well as about sexual violence. The national helpline is completely confidential, open everyday, including weekends and bank holidays, and will provide emotional support to all women and girls, including women from LGBT groups, as well as help support men and boys to find a specialist service, and provide information to everyone about local services including sexual assault referral centres.
Rape Crisis England and Wales
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 open 12pm – 2.30pm and 7pm – 9.30pm and is run by Rape Crisis South London.
Rape Crisis Scotland
Helpline: 0808 801 0302 open 6pm-midnight
Rape Crisis Network Europe (RCNE)
RCNE is a network of European centres that support survivors of sexual violence. They aim to make sure that anyone who experiences sexual violence can get the help they need.
Women & Girls Network
(WGN) is a free, women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence, or are at risk of violence. They offer counselling, advocacy and advice for women and girls who have experienced gendered violence, including sexual and domestic violence. Their overall aim is to promote, preserve and restore the mental health and well-being of women and girls, to empower them to make a total and sustainable recovery from their experiences of violence
Helpline: 0808 801 0660 Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00 LATE EVENING WEDNESDAY: 18.00-21.00
London Survivors Gateway
The London Survivors Gateway offers victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse help to access specialist services in London. They provide information on what help is available in London after rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence and offer support to access these services. They work with anyone aged 13 or above regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, language, ethnicity or immigration status. The Gateway is a partnership between the four London Rape Crisis Centres, Galop, SurvivorsUK and the Havens and is run by the Women and Girls Network.
Helpline: 0808 801 0860
Imkaan is a UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and 'Minority Ethnic' (BME) women and girls. Though not providing direct services themselves, their website contains a detailed list of UK-wide specialist services supporting BME women and girls who have experienced violence.
Survivors UK is a specialist service for male survivors of sexual violence. They offer individual counselling, advocacy, group work, and online support services. They are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that they are the right fit for them. You can chat online, via SMS or Whatsapp.
SMS: 020 3322 1860
Whatsapp: 074 9181 6064
Galop is the leading LGBT+ anti-violence charity and provides confidential and independent advice and support LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence, "however or whenever it happened". They also provide services for survivors of domestic abuse.
Helpline: 0207 704 2040 (specialist sexual violence service) / 0800 999 5428 (National LGBT+ domestic abuse helpline)
For help after rape and sexual assault the NHS offers guidance and support as well as a search tool for Sexual Abuse Referral Centres (SARCs). SARCs are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. Some centres only take police referral while others you can self-refer to by calling to book an appointment.
UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. Helpline available for adults who are concerned about a child.
Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Childline is run by the NSPCC and provides support and information to any young person in the UK. Access to an online counsellor is also via the website.
Helpline: 0800 1111
The Survivors Trust
The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for over 100 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland. Their website contains information for organisations working with both male and female survivors, as well as gender and sexuality diverse people. Their helpline is open weekdays.
Helpline: 0808 801 0818191
Women's Aid Federation
Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. The national helpline is run in partnership with Refuge and is open 24 hours a day.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Helpline: 116 123