Resources

We are here to support other survivors of sexual violence. Sometimes it's enough to speak to someone who will listen and will hear you. We're always here for that. Survivors are always, always welcome to get in touch - whether you need support, have ideas on how we could make things better, or anything else.

But we are not trained counsellors, and sometimes that's what you feel you need. Here is a list of some wonderful organisations who can offer long-term and professional support. If you can recommend an organisation that should be on the list, please let us know and we will add it. 



HELPLINES

Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline: 0808 802 9999 (the line is open from 12 midday till 2.30pm, and from 7pm till 9.30pm) or go to http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/

Rape Crisis Scotland helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (the line is open from 6pm till midnight) or go to http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/

Rape Crisis Network Ireland: 091 563 676 or http://www.rcni.ie/

Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre Northern Ireland: 028 9032 9002 (crisis line). This centre also offers face-to-face support, counselling, court support and home visits for female survivors aged 14 and over.

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) helpline: 0800 085 3330 (for landlines, 3, EE, Vodaphone and Virgin mobiles) or 0808 801 0331 (from O2, EE, and Vodaphone mobiles) or http://www.napac.org.uk/

The Samaritans helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (UK)    1850 60 90 90 (ROI)  or http://www.samaritans.org/



COUNSELLING SERVICES

Rape Crisis England and Wales: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/counselling2.php

Rape Crisis Scotland's list of organisations that provide counselling and support:
http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/links/

Survivors Scotland: A list of centres that offer counselling
http://www.survivorscotland.org.uk/help/directory/local-support/http/rapecrisiscentre-glasgow.co.uk/

Rape Crisis Network Ireland's website:
http://www.rcni.ie/

Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre Northern Ireland:
028 9032 9002 (crisis line) This centre also offers face-to-face support, counselling, court support and home visits for female survivors aged 14 and over.

NAPAC: A page to find counselling services in your area http://www.napac.org.uk/findingsupport.asp

One In Four: Provides individual therapy to survivors of child sexual abuse in the London area http://oneinfour.org.uk/

Family Matters: Provides individual therapy to survivors of child sexual abuse in the London area http://www.familymattersuk.org/Counselling.aspx

North London Rape Crisis/ Solace Women's Aid: Counselling services for women aged 14+ who have experienced sexual violence. Call free on 0808 802 5565 or go to http://www.solacewomensaid.org/about-us/counselling/#



SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES

Marie Stopes International: Offers women a range of sexual health services including advice on abortion, contraception, pregnancy testing, cervical smear tests, and sexually transmitted infection tests. Call 0845 300 8090 or visit http://www.mariestopes.org.uk/

Brook: Free and confidential information for under 25s on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, sex and relationships, and body. Call 0808 802 1234 or visit https://www.brook.org.uk/

Terrence Higgins Trust: Maximising sexual health in the UK, and minimising the spread of HIV and STIs, by encouraging people to value their sexual health. Empowering everyone living with HIV in the UK. Call 0808 802 1221 or go to http://www.tht.org.uk/

Family Planning Association: Educating and informing people about sexual health with specialist services for those with learning disabilities and young people. Helpline for England is 0845 122 8690. Helpline for Northern Ireland is 0845 122 8687. Or go to  http://www.fpa.org.uk/

Sexual Advice Association: Raising awareness of the extent to which sexual conditions affect the general population. Call the helpline on 020 7486 7262 or visit http://www.sda.uk.net/

Miscarriage Association: Support and information for those affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. Call the helpline on 01924 200 799 or visit http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/



HELPFUL READING

'12 things no one told me about sex after rape' by CJ Hale http://thoughtcatalog.com/cj-hale/2013/06/12-things-no-one-told-me-about-sex-after-rape/

Pandora's Project article 'Reclaiming your sexuality after rape and sexual abuse' http://www.pandys.org/articles/reclaimingsexuality.html

Everyday Feminism's article 'Love after rape: being the partner of a sexual assault survivor' http://everydayfeminism.com/2012/07/love-after-rape-2/

'How to have sex again after being raped' by Charlotte Lewis http://www.xojane.com/issues/how-to-reclaim-your-sex-life-after-surviving-sexual-assault

'Sex after rape or assault' http://bluegypsy.tripod.com/physical.html#touch



SERVICES FOR BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC WOMEN

Imkaan: Is a UK based, feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls
http://imkaan.org.uk/

Trafford Rape Crisis: run a helpline for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic women 0800 434 6484 or http://www.traffordrapecrisis.com/

Southampton Rape Crisis: run a BME Outreach Project, details are here http://www.southamptonrapecrisis.com/bme_project.html

Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service: runs a service for Black and Asian women. 01274 308270.

Southall Black Sisters: A not-for-profit organisation to meet the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic women http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/

Solace Women's Aid - Irish and Irish Traveller Outreach: For Irish and Irish Traveller women affected by domestic or sexual violence living in the community. Call free on 0808 802 5565 or go to http://www.solacewomensaid.org/about-us/irish-and-irish-traveller-outreach/



SUPPORT SERVICES FOR WOMEN DEALING WITH FGM (FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION)

Daughters of Eve: A not-for-profit organisation working to protect girls at women at risk of FGM. http://www.dofeve.org/

Forward UK: Working to eliminate the practice of FGM and provide support for women affected. http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/

28 Too Many: Working towards the global eradication of FGM. http://28toomany.org/

Orchid Project: Working to end female genital cutting http://orchidproject.org/



LGBTQ SERVICES

Pandora's Project: Provides a forum for LGBTQ survivors http://www.pandys.org/lgbtsurvivors.html

Yahoo group for lesbian rape survivors: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/lesbianrapesurvivors/info

The Gender Trust: Supporting all those affected by gender identity issues http://gendertrust.org.uk/

If you know of any more resources for LGBTQ survivors please let us know.

Trans/non-binary survivors can participate in research Survivors Network is doing to improve services for trans and non-binary survivors. More information can be found here http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/news/research-into-experiences-of-trans-non-binary-survivors-of-sexual-violence/



INTERNET SUPPORT

After Silence: A message board, forums and a chat room for rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors www.aftersilence.org

Pandora's Project: An online support group for survivors of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse. Includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. http://www.pandys.org/

Dancing In The Darkness: Includes survivor stories, a message board, and useful information. http://www.dancinginthedarkness.com/

Resurrection After Rape: Free downloads of books and articles for survivors, and a discussion forum. http://www.resurrectionafterrape.org/



DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT

National Domestic Violence Helpline: Call the 24-hour helpline free on 0808 2000 247

Women's Aid: A key national charity working to end domestic violence. The website has a survivor handbook available in different languages, a members' area, and a forum to share thoughts and feelings. Go to http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

Refuge: Domestic violence help for women and children.They run a network of refuges across the country, run outreach services, and culturally specific services. Go to http://refuge.org.uk/



SUPPORT FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND PARTNERS

MOSAC: Supporting non-abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children http://www.mosac.org.uk/

'A man's guide to helping a woman who has been raped' http://www.resurrectionafterrape.org/media/MensGuide.pdf

Pandora's Project article 'Helping a survivor heal sexually' http://www.pandys.org/articles/helpingsurvivorheal.html





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