Get Help and Support
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 the Rape Crisis South London www.rasasc.org.uk)
Rape Crisis Scotland
Helpline: 0808 801 0302 (open 6pm-midnight)188
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 for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence, however or whenever it happened. They also provide services for survivors of domestic abuse.
Phone: 0207 704 2040 (specialist sexual violence service)
Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (National LGBT+ domestic abuse helpline)
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
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
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.
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
Confidential and free services for anyone who's been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past.
Supportline: 0808 168 9111
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