Gives information that may help if you have experienced abuse.
About this resource
If you have been abused, or fear you have, it can be hard to take the first step in seeking help – especially if you have tried to talk about the issue to friends, family or professionals and have not had a response that helped you.
All types of abuse
Support for all adults
Chris, PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
24-hour helpline: 08457 90 90 90
24-hour support for anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Victim Supportline: 0845 30 30 900 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat and Sun 9am-7pm)
Victim Support is a charity that provides support and information to people affected by crime, including rape and sexual abuse, as a victim or a witness. The website provides details of local support branches.
Support for adults abused in childhood
NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)
infoline: 0800 085 3330
Support, advice and guidance for adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse – sexual, physical or emotional
TANSAL (The Abuse Network Survivor Aid Links)
Provides information on books, training, UK events and links for survivors of sexual, physical, emotional or mental abuse and neglect during childhood, and those supporting survivors.
Support for children
helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)
Confidential telephone counselling service for children about any issue.
tel: 08451 205 204 (anti-bullying helpline for parents)
Telephone advice for parents with concerns about school bullying and child sexual abuse. Child protection advice leaflets available on website.
helpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours daily)
For anyone who needs advice, help or information regarding a child's welfare and for those who want to report concerns they have about a child or young person at risk of abuse.
Parents information service: 0808 802 5544
Information for both parents and young people, including podcasts on the website Produces useful publications, including a leaflets: Sexually abused? (pdf).
Support for older people
Support for people with learning difficulties
Respond provides a range of services to people with learning disabilities, including both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. It also provides support and training for families, carers and professionals. Mental health professionals can refer people with learning difficulties who have experienced or perpetrated sexual abuse for face to face work.
Domestic violence – support for women
Women's Aid (England)
helpline: 0808 2000 247 (Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge)
email: email@example.com The National Domestic Violence Helpline can only offer limited information by email as they don't have the resources to provide on-going support or in-depth information in this way. When you email the Helpline it's very important that you specify when and if it is safe to respond and to which email address.
Domestic violence – support for men
Men's Advice Line
Helpline: 0808 801 0327 (Monday - Friday 10am -1pm and 2pm - 5pm)
Confidential helpline for all men (whether in heterosexual or same-sex relationships) experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner.
All Wales domestic abuse and sexual violence helpline
Helpline: 0808 80 10 800
email: via website
Domestic violence – support for black and minority ethnic groups
helpline: 0114 255 5740
Aims to help prevent murder and serious harm to black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee women in England, Wales and Scotland as a result of domestic abuse and forced marriage and honour-based violence. Also supports children and young people.
Domestic Violence – support for LGBT groups
helpline: 0300 999 5428 Open Monday: 2pm - 8pm, Wednesday: 10am - 5pm,Thursday: 2pm - 8pm
Provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.
Domestic violence – help for people who inflict violence
Respect phoneline: 0808 802 4040 (Open: Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm)
Runs support services and programmes for people who inflict violence in relationships including young men and women. Also runs the men's advice line, as above.
Domestic violence – support for young people
Respect not fear
Website for young people about domestic violence.
The Hide Out
Women's Aid has created this website to help young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to them.
Domestic violence and forced marriage
The Forced Marriage Unit
tel: 020 7008 0151
A joint-initiative between the Foreign Office and the Home Office. It assists actual and potential victims of forced marriage, as well as professionals working in the social, educational and health sectors.
Sexual abuse – support for all
HAVOCA (Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse)
email (support): firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides information to any adult who is suffering from past childhood abuse. Website includes survivors' forum.
PO Box 58, Chichester PO19 8UD
adult helpline: 0844 847 7879
under 18s helpline: 0808 802 0808
email: via website
Telephone counselling for survivors of sexual abuse and those supporting survivors. Also offers face-to-face counselling and art therapy groups in West Sussex.
One in four
Advocacy service, counselling service (available over skype and in several languages) and information for people who have experienced sexual abuse.
TASC - trauma and abuse support centre
UK web-based resource for survivors of the whole spectrum of child sexual abuse and for anyone involved in supporting them, including family, friends, therapists and churches.
The Lantern Project
Help and support for survivors of sexual abuse. Information library on website, and survivors' online forum.
Sexual abuse – support for women
CIS'ters (Childhood Incest Survivors)
PO Box 119, Eastleigh SO50 92F
tel: 023 8033 8080
Provides help and support for adult women who suffered incest as a child. Organises workshops and conferences to raise awareness on the issues surrounding incest, particularly mental distress.
Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
National Freephone helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12 -12.30 pm, 7 - 9.30 pm every day of the year)
Lists local organisations throughout England and Wales with contact details, services offered and opening times. Services are available to women who have been sexually abused at any time in their lives.
Sexual abuse – support for men
tel: 01273 911 680
Provides one-to-one counselling, therapeutic groups and couple counselling to men (age 18+) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives.
helpline: 0845 122 1201
Provides support for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Helpline takes calls from the whole of the UK. Also provides face-to-face counselling and support groups in the London area.
Sexual abuse – support for non-abusive parents and carers of children who have been sexually abused
helpline: 0800 980 1958
Mosac is a voluntary organisation supporting non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused, providing support, advice, information and counselling following the discovery of sexual abuse.
Support to prevent sexual abuse of children
Stop it Now !
helpline: 0808 1000 900 (Mon-Thurs 9am - 9pm; Fri 9am - 7pm)
confidential email support line: email@example.com
Stop it Now! has a confidential freephone helpline for people struggling with sexual thoughts and behaviours towards children. The helpline will also support anyone with a concern, including the parents and carers of children and young people with worrying sexual behaviour, and friends and family worried about the behaviour of another adult.
The organisations below can help you find a suitably qualified counsellor. You might also want to read our information on talking treatments.
British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
tel: 020 7686 4216
Provides a list of therapists
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
tel: 0161 705 4304
Can provide details of accredited therapists
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
tel: 020 7014 9955
Has a voluntary register of qualified psychotherapists