These are some key specialist UK based services, offering advice and support to people who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence, domestic violence, child abuse and mental health issues or concerns.
If you are worried you are going to harm yourself or you need urgent medical help. Please :
call 999 for an ambulance
go straight to A&E, if you can
Sexual violence support
Rape Crisis England and Wales
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.
Helpline: 0808 802 9999
Rape Crisis Scotland
Helpline: 0808 801 0302
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 help
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.
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
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.
Child sexual abuse support & prevention
One in Four
One in Four is a specialist charity with a dedicated team of experts and counsellors with many years of knowledge, experience and expertise in working with survivors of sexual abuse and violence, and particularly child sexual abuse.
Helpline: 0800 170 0314
The Lighthouse is a facility in north London, set up in partnership with organisations in the voluntary and public sectors to provide a safe space to support children and young people, from 0-18, in their recovery from sexual abuse or exploitation. It will also support adults aged 18-25 with learning disabilities, if The Lighthouse service best meets their needs.
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
Domestic violence support
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
Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of lifesaving and life changing services.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Mental health support
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. they're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Helpline: 116 123
Give us a shout
Shout is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and need mental health support.
Text SHOUT to 85258