Support for Victims

If you are someone who has suffered from abuse, this document has been put together to give some details of where you may go to get some professional support.

Information for who to contact if you need to speak to a professional about historical abuse, you need some advice, or you need some psychological help (UK)

Your GP – If you feel that you urgently need support please contact your GP and they will be able to refer you, or signpost you to, the correct professional or organisation.

The Samaritans – Their home page states: We’re here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us. Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on116 123 or look at the website:

Victim Support

Rape and sexual assault – Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don’t want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim SupportSupportline: 0808 168 9111

NSPCC Their website gives good advice:

They do have specific advice about historic abuse:

One in Four – One in four specialises in supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and particularly survivors of child sexual abuse and trauma. They support survivors to work through the trauma of abuse, helping them to transform and rebuild their lives.

Male Survivors Partnership (MSP) – The Male Survivors Partnership is a consortium of Male Survivors organisations across the UK who have joined together with the aim of creating better support for male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitationTelephone 0808 800 5005

Survivors UK – Support for male rape and sexual abuse:

Mind – We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problem.

Our local Minds support over 513,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis help lines, drop-in

Mind info line telephone number 0300 123 3393

The Truth Project – This is somewhere you may want to report your story to. The Truth Project was set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.It’s part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. We need to understand the past to help protect children now and in the future.