Support Services

If you have been affected by issues relating to sexual violence, we can recommend some support services.

If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe and are having thoughts of suicide which you think you may act on, please consider options below:

  • Go to any hospital A&E department or ask for an emergency appointment with your GP
  • Call 999, ask for an ambulance if you can’t to A&E, or ask someone else to call for you
  • If you need support but don’t want to go to A&E, you can call:
    • Samaritans 24/7 – Freephone 116 123
    • NHS 111 (England – dial 111)
    • NHS Direct (Wales – dial 111)



NHS – Help after rape and sexual assault

The NHS’s ‘Help after rape and sexual assault’ page offers advice on what to do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, including information on Sexual Assault Referral Centres, as well as information on supporting victims of sexual assault.

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

NAPAC offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. Their support line – 0808 801 0331 – is free from landlines and mobiles and calls do not show up on your telephone bill.

Citizens Advice – Child Abuse

In a case involving child abuse, it’s very important to be able to get support and practical help from a specialist organisation. Citizens Advice provides a range of information about getting appropriate support, including information on organisations for both children and parents.




‘Viol Femmes Info’: free national hotline for rape victims hosted by the CFCV (Mon-Fri 10am-7pm) – 0 800 05 9595

‘Info 3919’: free national hotline for victims of conjugal violence – 3919

‘AVFT’: European organization against violence against women at work – 01 45 84 24 24

‘Allo enfance en danger’ (SNATED): free hotline for children victims of abuse – 119


CIDFF – information centre about women’s and families’ rights
Bureaux et associations d’aides aux victims – Victims’ help
Réseau Solidarité femmes – local network



From Report to Court: A handbook for adult survivors of sexual violence.

This handbook from Rights of Women and Rape Crisis provides people affected by sexual violence, and those that support them, with a comprehensive overview of the legal process and the various considerations involved.

Caring for yourself after sexual violence.

This free online course from VictimFocus is designed to support people who have experienced sexual violence in childhood or adulthood. It supports you to explore how you care for yourself and process your own memories and feelings about being abused, raped, trafficked, exploited or assaulted.