Links to abuse survivor and support groups
We work with and support a number of abuse survivors groups and charities. If you are a survivor group or charity and you have a site that you would like us to feature on this page please email us.
The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers is a company limited by guarantee set up for the benefit of lawyers, experts and other professionals involved in the field of obtaining compensation for the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and adults abused in childhood. ACAL holds a national database of solicitors working for abuse survivors. All solicitors on ACAL’s database are required to have undergone appropriate training. The ACAL website is an excellent source of legal information and cases and contains relevant updated news items.
Addiction Resource was founded in 2014 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery. Read their article about the correlation between post-traumatic stress disorder and drug and alcohol addiction by clicking this link.
The Ann Craft Trust is a UK based organisation working with staff in the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors to protect people with learning disabilities who may be at risk from abuse. We also provide advice and information to parents and carers who may have concerns about someone that they are supporting.
The association of Personal Injury Lawyers is a professional body for lawyers working with victims of Accidents and Clinical Negligence. Over 5,000 solicitors and barristers work with the association to fight for law reform to improve access to justice. Although APIL cannot offer legal advice or guidance they may be able to point you in the right direction.
Specialist therapy service for men and women adult victims of childhood abuse within a peaceful, respectful and healing environment.
Axis Counselling aims to help you overcome the effects of past trauma, and understand how this has affected you emotionally, leading to the thoughts, feelings and actions you have today. They will help shift your focus from being a victim to being a survivor who now takes control of your life.
A holistic support service for female survivors of sexual abuse.
Providing counselling in the Birmingham area to children and young people aged 18 and under, who have been sexually abused we also offer support for their families and carers.
A registered charitable association with a multi-professional membership which aims to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect of children and to promote the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of children and their rights as citizens, through multi disciplinary collaboration, education, and campaigning and other appropriate activities within its powers including the publication of a peer-reviewed journal, “Child Abuse Review.”
Counselling service for anyone over the age of 16 years irrespective of race, religion or beliefs. Beacon is a non-profit registered charity providing counselling services to the general public.
Confidential counselling service for male and females, children, young people and adult survivors of recent or historic rape and sexual abuse in South Cumbria and North Lancashire.
The Blue Door is service that provides support to anyone that has experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence in North and North East Lincolnshire. They offer outreach support, drop in groups, advocacy and counselling from bases in Grimsby and Scunthorpe Town Centres.
An organisation representing people who have concerns about the practice of boarding education for the young and the effect on these people as adults.
Professional counselling service for females of sexual abuse and rape.
The Bridgeway is a dedicated service that helps men, women, children and young people in Cumbria who have been raped or sexually assaulted, either recently or in the past.
Providing telephone support and individual counselling to anyone over the age of 16 who has been raped, sexually abused or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives.
An organisation which offers a range of independent and confidential support to those who have experienced sexual abuse or rape. BSARCS provides telephone support to parents, partners, families, friends and workers from other agencies who are supporting survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse.
Cambridge Rape Crisis is a helpline service run by women, for women and girls who have survived or are currently experiencing any form of sexual violence including rape and childhood sexual abuse.
A 24hr Free helpline for children or young people in trouble or danger.
Choices offer a confidential counselling service in Cambridge (UK) and surrounding areas for women and men whose lives are affected by childhood sexual abuse.
CRASAC has provided a confidential support and counselling service run by women for those who have been raped, sexually abused or assaulted. They are a free and confidential service that provides support for survivors who have experienced any kind of sexual abuse of any kind at any time in their life. Their counselling service is available to women and also to girls and boys aged 5 – 18 years. Their helpline and ISVA services are also available to men and boys.
Registered company and charity providing specialist support to victims of sexual crime.
An organisation with the aim of alleviating the distress and trauma experienced by those who have suffered sexual violence. Their service is open to men, women, boys and girls and is available regardless of how recent or historic incident(s) of sexual violence was/were. All of their services are free of charge and they support people regardless of police involvement.
Supporting survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.
A support organisation for male and female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and their partners.
Counselling and support for survivors of abuse – adults and children over eight years old.
Aims to help men who have been the victims of either rape or childhood sexual abuse – run by victims for victims.
Harbour is a specialist domestic abuse charity and has worked for over 37 years to improve the lives of families living with domestic abuse.
HAVOCA is run by survivors for adult survivors of child abuse. We provide support, friendship and advice for any adult who’s life has been affected by childhood abuse.
Haven supports, assists and empowers young people and adults who have suffered incest, childhood sexual violence or and/or abuse, domestic violence, physical, mental and emotional abuse, rape and torture.
Providing services for female and male survivors of rape and sexual abuse, partners of survivors of rape or sexual abuse and mental health/care workers supporting survivors of rape or sexual abuse.
A charitable World Movement for the protection of Children against any form of sexual abuse. They opened their first UK Helpline for victims of sexual abuse in 2012.
Services for men and young men from the age of 16+ who are survivors of rape or sexual abuse and partners of survivors of rape or sexual abuse.
A registered charity committed to keeping children safe from harm or abuse. Kidscape provide practical, easy to use material for children, parents, teachers and social workers., police and community workers
Working with female and male survivors of Rape, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse.
A website providing information and support for survivors of sexual abuse. It is “maintained by survivors for survivors”.
MRC was set up in 1976 by local women as a grass roots response to the lack of appropriate services for women who had been raped or sexually abused. MRC continues to support women who have been raped or sexually abused, including women who have been or are involved in sex work.
Delivering specialist support services to men (18+) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or adult sexual assault at any time in their lives.
The MOSAC site is designed specifically for mothers who have experienced the sexual abuse of one of their children.
Support service for survivors and their families whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse.
A Registered charity with the aim of improving the quality of life of people who were abused in childhood and who continue to suffer from the damaging effects into adulthood. NAPAC provided a service for people needing information about help available to survivors of abuse.
The National Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Children. High profile campaigners against abuse.
A registered charitable company that provides a range of specialist counselling and advocacy services for women, men, children and young people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.
A charity run for and by victims of sexual abuse, One in Four offers counselling, peer support groups, and one day workshops for people who have experienced sexual abuse. One in Four also provides training for both victims and professionals likely to work with them.
PRCCG is committed to supporting and empowering female survivors of rape and sexual abuse, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, age or other discriminatory factors respecting individual lifestyles.
Free specialist counselling and psychotherapy to women and men, aged 5+ who are resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and who have experienced any form of sexual violation at any time in their lives.
Powerhouse was established to raise issues of abuse and violence against women with learning difficulties.
Providing support for all male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Surrey and the surrounding areas.
RSVP supports and inspires those affected by sexual violence and abuse, to make positive meaningful changes, to live a future with hope and confidence.
A national helpline offering assistance for people who suffer from mental health problems and drug/alcohol addiction.
Rehab Recovery is an organisation that provides addiction treatment and healthcare advice for a wide range of of different addiction and dependency problems.
Respond works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support.
Free confidential counselling and support for men and women who have been raped or sexual abused.
Safeline is a leading specialist charity providing therapeutic and practical support for survivors and their families who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse, rape and associated issues (eg mental health, self harm, suicidal tendencies) whether historic, recent or current. Safeline works in partnership with others (eg schools, health professionals) providing complimentary care support as required where referrals come from. Self referral is an option also. Keeping people safe are what we are about.
Therapeutic support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse – male and female over 16 yrs.
SARAC offers services to males and females age 13 and over who are affected by rape, sexual and domestic abuse.
Sandwell Women’s Aid have for the last 25 years offered refuge, support and counselling to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. We place victims’ voices at the heart of all that we do, and our specialist team works with drive and passion to change policy, practice and people’s lives.
Savana is a registered charity providing support services for those who have experienced or who are affected by any form of sexual violence or abuse including within domestic abuse, whether recently or in the past. Savana considers sexual violence as ‘any sexual behaviour which has a damaging physical or psychological effect upon a person’
Support for girls and young women who self-injure and to support women in emotional distress.
Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre offers confidential helpline support as well as counselling and advice on giving support to others who have been raped or sexually abused. They also offer practical help and emotional support from their Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
A specialist service providing free, confidential counselling and therapy services for women in Sheffield who have experienced abuse or trauma.
A charitable company established by survivors of sexual abuse and people with the expertise in supporting survivors.
Supports children, young people and the families who have experienced sexual or rape.
Providing emotional support and information to children young people and adults throughout the UK. The service is primarily aimed at those who are vulnerable, at risk, isolated and victims of any form of abuse.
A small group of people who have suffered abuse including partner rape, mental abuse, both physical and sexual abuse within the care system. Bringing with us an understanding of how many victims feel, and knowledge of what they maybe seeking. Working with victims in one to one sessions to help the victim/survivor understand that the abuse they have suffered is in no way their fault and they are more than the abuse.
Survive are a York based charity providing support to women and men who have survived child sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault.
Survivors (Hull & East Riding) is a rape and sexual trauma centre which provides therapeutic counselling and support to people affected by or living with the traumatic effects of childhood sexual abuse and any form of sexual exploitation including human trafficking.
S.H.E provides a variety of self-help based support for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse over the age of 16.
Survivors Manchester is a survivor-led/survivor-run voluntary organisation that aims to create and facilitate a safe space for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape to work through personal and sometimes painful issues.
Survivors’ Network is an independent charity providing specialist support services to women affected by sexual violence and abuse.
The Survivors Trust (TST) is a national umbrella agency for over 135 specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.
Survivors West Yorkshire (SWY) is a survivor led and focused service. Its vision is to support evidenced based services that are gender informed and accessible across West Yorkshire. Services which are user friendly and proactively involve survivors.
A charitable organisation whose main aim is to stop abuse and save lives by supporting victims of honour based marriage (HBM), forced marriage (FM) and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Trust House Lincolnshire is a specialist sexual violence and abuse support centre, set up to offer support, counselling and advocacy to those – males, females, children and also the supporters of survivors – affected by rape and sexual abuse.
Support for female and male victims of sexual abuse, historic or recent.
Voicing CSA supports the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse ) and VSCP (Victims and Survivors’ Consultative Panel) and works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice.
WomenCentre provides holistic, one-stop services at our centres in Huddersfield and Halifax and in the community. Their wide-ranging services include emotional and practical support on issues such as debt, benefits, mental or physical health, domestic violence, counselling, training and development and much more.
A free, confidential and non-judgemental service run by women for women who have experienced any form of rape or sexual abuse at any time.
A registered charity to provide help to women with mental health problems. Aiming to help women to improve their mental health and wellbeing by providing a range of confidential, therapeutic and accessible services.
SRC provides a range of integrated, specialist services to those who are at risk of or who have been affected by an unwanted sexual experience. This may include anything from rape, childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault to harassment or coercion.
Aurora Health Foundation
(Counselling for people abused in childhood)
Break the Silence
(for survivors (16+) of childhood sexual abuse)
(Therapy and support for children affected by child sexual abuse)
(Connecting you with professional support in your area)
The Freedom Programme
(Information for all survivors of domestic abuse)
Into the Light
(support for survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters)
Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP)
(for adult survivors)
(for male survivors)
(for male survivors)
Ocean Recovery Centre
(holistic treatment programme relating to stress and dependency disorders)
(for male survivors, Plymouth based)
(for survivors of childhood abuse)
(for children who have endured abuse)
(for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Wales)
(for male survivors)
(survivors of childhood abuse)
Survivors In Transition
(for female survivors)
(for male survivors)
(for female and male survivors)
The Basement Project
(support groups for those who have been abused as children and people who self-harm)
Trauma Counselling Line Scotland
(for adults who experienced abuse as a child)
Support for Family/Carer of Survivors
Support for Survivors of Rape and Domestic Violence
(for female survivors of sexual abuse and rape)
One in Four
(for survivors of sexual abuse)
One in Four (Ireland)
(for survivors of sexual abuse)
Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline (Devon, County wide)
(for female and male survivors)
(men and women working together to end domestic violence)
(for survivors of sexual abuse)
(supporting organisations who work with survivors of rape and sexual abuse)
(domestic violence against women and children)
(Support for BME people in need)
(South Asian women help and support)
Southall Black Sisters
(for black and minority ethnic women)
Women’s Resource Centre
(national umbrella body for women’s charities)
(for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety)
First Person Plural
(National survivor-led association for dissociative identity disorder and similar complex dissociative conditions)
National Survivor User Network (NSUN)
CSE The Signs
(Excellent site for parents and children regarding childhood sexual exploitation)
(forced marriages/honour-based violence)
(if things are getting to you get in touch)
(housing and homelessness)
(emotional support for children, young adults and adults)
(for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales)