Rape Crisis centres offer a place for women and girls to go for face-to-face support of all kinds: medical and emotional. Through their website and helpline they can also offer support, advice, and information about other helpful services. If you know someone who has been the victim of sexual assault, they can advise how to provide support to them.
Support provided by Rape Crisis includes:
- Access to specialist services
- Specific services for women and girls who have been victims of sexual abuse
- Services for men and boys who have been victims of sexual abuse available at certain centres
- Support if you want to involve law enforcement
- Guidance for how to support someone you know who has been the victim of sexual assault
How they can help
Rape Crisis exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.
Rape Crisis Centres are women-led and offer a range of support, counselling, and information in women-only safe space. However, some also provide separate space and services for male sexual violence survivors and/or for men who are supporting a survivor. Check with your local centre to see if they offer services for men/boys.
Good to know
All services provided by Rape Crisis are free of charge, including counselling.
Different Rape Crisis Centres have different opening times, which means its best to call Rape Crisis or your local centre directly, before you visit in person.
Rape Crisis services are confidential, which means that anything say will stay between you and Rape Crisis. Information will only be shared with people outside of Rape Crisis if someone is in serious danger or you want them to share what you have told them.
How to access
The best way to find your nearest Rape Crisis Centre is by visiting their website.
Alternatively, free-phone 0808 802 9999. Lines open 12 noon - 2.30pm and 7 - 9.30pm every day of the year.