We're here to help

We offer confidential helpline support as well as counselling and advice on giving support to others who have been raped or sexually abused.  We also offer practical help and emotional support from our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).

If you're not quite ready to talk

Our resources section has useful information for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. 

Everything has changed, I now feel confident about myself and look forward to the future. I feel pride in my recovery.
— Former counselling client

Calls are confidential

You do not have to give us any details to get support and we will not ask you to. You are in control of what you tell us.

The helpline volunteer I spoke to on a couple of occasions was very reassuring, spoke to me with patience and understanding and helped to calm my nerves.
— Helpline caller

Opening times

Our helpline is usually open at the following times:

Mondays: 10am - 12noon
Tuesdays: 1pm - 3pm and 6pm - 8pm
Thursdays: 1pm – 3pm 

It is staffed by our fully trained volunteers. Outside these times you can leave a message on the 24 hour answer phone and a member of our helpline team will return your call as soon as possible (usually during helpline opening times).

If you would like us to call you, you can leave a message letting us know when would be most convenient for us to call and whether or not we can leave a message on your mobile or landline.

If you change your mind

Once you have called us, if you change your mind and don’t want to carry on talking that’s fine – you can call back at any time, even if you didn’t talk the first time you called. Sometimes it takes a few calls before you’re ready to talk. You can call us for support as many times as you need to.

Email support

We will be developing email support soon for anyone who would prefer to contact us via email.

Support for Men and Boys

Men and boys can also experience rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. From 1st April 2016 we are able to offer Helpline and Counselling to Men and Boys aged 13 years and above and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) support to Men aged 18 years and above.

 

I feel like I have made a lot of progress. I think I can have the courage to prioritise my feelings over the expectations of others, and respect and look after myself. I feel so much better about everything.”
— Former counselling client

If you would like counselling

If you would like to receive counselling from us, you can either complete and submit the form below, or contact the helpline (0808 802 0013) to arrange this.   After submitting the form, or calling our Helpline we will post out a registration form for you to complete.  We will send you a stamped addressed envelope for you to return the form to us.  As soon as we receive the form we will start arranging your counselling.  You will be asked to attend a face to face Mutual Assessment Meeting with one of our Counsellors. This meeting usually lasts for about an hour.

 

 

We offer all survivors up to 20 free face to face counselling sessions.  Counselling is a safe space in which to explore your experiences and feelings, in your own time and way.

I was listened to, taken seriously, allowed to see that what happened was not my fault, and I had nothing to be ashamed about.
— Former counselling client

How counselling works

Counselling is a chance to be heard, and to talk about what has happened to you. Your counsellor will listen to you. You will be supported if you would like to make changes in your life. You will not be told what to do; your counsellor will help you to decide for yourself.

All our counsellors are professionally trained and members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). You will see the same counsellor each week at an agreed time.

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How we can help you to help others

We offer support to friends, partners and relatives or others involved in supporting  survivors who are welcome to ring our helpline 0808 802 0013 for support.

More information can also be found on our Resources Page.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA )

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA ) offers a free and confidential specialist service providing  practical help and emotional support to anyone 18 years and over who has been raped or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives, regardless of whether or not they have chosen to report to the police.

If this has happened to you, you might be struggling to cope.  Maybe it feels like no-one understands what you have experienced & how you feel. Maybe you don't want to talk to someone about it, but you know that you need to.  We understand how difficult it is to talk about the abuse that you have suffered.

The ISVA  can work with you to explore what you need to help you move forward from the sexual assault and  will try and help you get the things you need to do that. The ISVA service is about helping you to make informed choices, not about telling you what to do.

What the ISVA can offer to you:

  • Provide emotional support
  • Help you develop your coping strategies and support network
  • Talking through your options if you have not reported your incident to the Police
  • Help you get other specialist support, e.g. counselling, mental health, sexual health, substance and alcohol misuse
  • Help you communicate with the Police
  • Provide information and support with the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
  • Support you through the court process
Just wanted to say thanks for calling round and for working with me... I feel like I can get through it more now than I did before. It’s nice to know someone’s there for me, if and when it goes to court.

-Text message from ISVA client

How to access the service

You can ask for a referral to this service  from the Police, NHS or any other agency.

Alternatively you can self refer by calling the  Helpline on 0808 802 0013 or by using a secure form at: https://isva-referral.drasacs.org.uk