Support (UK)

Support for people who have experienced sexual violence

There are a bunch of helplines that you can call and talk to a trained volunteer to explore your thoughts and feelings and to find out about services to help you to process what has happened and help you to recover. You will not have to give your real name, be told what to do or be pressured to call the police. Helplines are a supportive, non-judgemental, safe space for you to begin talking about your experiences of sexual violence from any point in your lifetime. They are confidential and can be used anonymously. You will be supported in deciding what course of action is right for you. You will be able to leave a message if you call outside the opening hours.

If you are worried about being snooped on, outed or have concerns about privacy and/or surveillance. There is further guidance on how to access resources safely by  LGBTQ Youth here or check out Signal an app that can encrypt your phone calls and texts (including WhatsApp).

Rape Crisis National Freephone Helpline (women)
0808 802 9999

Opening hours
12:00 – 14:30 daily
19:00 – 21:30 daily
15:00 – 17:30 Monday-Friday

Trans Survivors Switchboard (trans, non-binary and questioning)
01273 204050 

Opening hours
13:00-17:00 Sunday
New specialist service staffed by trans volunteers to offer specialist support for trans survivors. Sex worker affirmative, LGBT affirmative and skilled in working with people in vulnerable situations, such as those who are homeless or living with domestic abuse.

National Male Survivor Helpline (men)
0808 800 5005
Opening Hours
Monday 10.00-16:00
Tuesday 8.00-20.00
Thursday 8.00-20:00
Friday 10.00-16:00
Saturday 10.00-12.00 noon