Sexual Assault Helplines & Support

This post is a part of our guide series to support anyone who may have been sexually assaulted or has questions around the topic:

What is Sexual Assault? Definitions & Meanings of Rape
Who Commits Sexual Assault & Why?
What are the Signs of Sexual Assault?
Date Rape & Staying Safe
What Impacts Does Sexual Assault Have on Victims and Their Family/Friends?
Coping, Healing & Recovering From Sexual Assault & Rape
How to Help Someone Who has Been a Victim of Sexual Assault
How to report Sexual Assault (and Who to Report it to)
How is Sexual Assault & Rape Proven in Court?
Punishment and Sentencing for Sexual Assault
How can Sexual Assault and Rape be Prevented?
Sexual Assault Data & Statistics
Sexual Assault Helplines, Support & Further Reading


Being a victim of sexual assault can leave victims scarred both physically and mentally. It can be difficult trying to deal with the trauma on your own but know that there is confidential and independent support available to help you. There are experienced counsellors who are highly skilled and trained to deal with issues surrounding sexual assault. Please find below find a list of organisations for further help and guidance.

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

Rape Crisis is a charity that is working to end sexual abuse and violence, through education, influence and dedication to making a change. They are the membership organisation for 39 Rape Crisis centres. Rape Crisis provides support to victims of rape and all other forms of sexual violence and abuse.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid has a directory of domestic abuse support services across the UK. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or are worried about friends or family, you can access the Women’s Aid live chat service 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm.

Women’s aid was founded in 1974, they have brought together almost 40 refuge services enabling women and children to escape domestic violence to a place of safety. Please note that although the services provide support for domestic abuse, this can include sexual assault.

The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust was founded in 2000, it has been running successfully for over 15 years and has around 124 member agencies based in the UK and Ireland. The Survivors Trust provides specialist support for women, men and children who have survived rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse, it also provides support to partners and family members.

Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity founded in 1953, it has been running successfully for over 65 years. It provides help and support for anyone who is struggling to cope with any situation, this includes sexual assault. Samaritans help by listening and giving people ways and the skills to cope with their problems.

Victim Support

Victim Support is an independent charity that was founded in 1974, it helps victims of crime and traumatic events, and this would include sexual assault. The charity provides emotional and practical support to help people cope and recover from their experiences.

Lifecentre

Lifecentre was founded in 2001, the charity is made up of a small team of therapists who support survivors of rape and sexual assault, and any unwanted sexual experience.

Childline 

Childline was founded in 1986, and in 2006 it became part of NCPCC with a view to helping even more young people. Childline provides support for children and young people in the UK who are or have experienced abuse of any kind. It includes a free helpline and 1-2-1 online chats with counsellors.

NSPCC

NSPCC was founded in 1889 for the prevention of cruelty to children, the charity provides help and support to victims of child abuse. If you’re worried about a child then contact;

Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends. You can contact them online or by email 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you or anyone you know are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find out how to call the police when you can’t speak

We understand how difficult it is to experience abuse, whether it is yourself or someone you know, sometimes trying to find help is not easy. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and the first step that you should take is to talk to someone. No one should have to deal with abuse alone.

Here at the Criminal Injuries Helpline, we help victims of violent crime and abuse recover compensation. You may want to help the victim gain some justice, get in touch with us today to see if the victim would qualify.

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