Support for survivors

I’m afraid I am not able to do individual casework. However, if you are a survivor who needs immediate or more long-term help, you can approach one of the organisations below who will be able to help you or refer you on appropriately. If I have missed an organisation off this list please contact me – I am especially keen to hear about groups supporting LGBT+ survivors, BAME survivors, sex workers and survivors with disabilities, and would love to have more details about women’s services which are genuinely welcoming to trans people.

If you are a student or staff member at a university requiring support you may (or may not) want to approach your institution first: some universities have very good support systems and some do not. You might also want to approach your union, whether this is your Students’ Union or NUS, or staff unions such as UCU, UNISON or UNITE. The 1752 Group can also provide advice especially on staff-to-student sexual harassment, and have a useful page on how to approach the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (for students) if university processes fail.

Here are some more general support services for survivors, whether in higher education or not:

Rape Crisis – support for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, usually for women but different Centres have different provision so do check

Survivors’ Network – support for all self-identifying women, plus dedicated helpline for non-binary and trans survivors (and sex worker-affirmative)

The Havens – London-based support for survivors of recent rapes/sexual assaults (all genders)

Rape and Sexual Assault Referral Centres support with recent rapes/assaults (all genders)

Confide – support for sex workers (all genders)

Galop – support for LGBT+ survivors

Southall Black Sisters – support for BAME women survivors

Respond – support for children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse and/or trauma (all genders)

Mankind – support for men who have been sexually abused

Survivors UK – support for men who have been raped/sexually abused

Women’s Aid – support for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse

Refuge – support for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse

National Domestic Violence Helpline – service for women, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf

National Stalking Helpline – support for anyone experiencing stalking

Rights of Women – free and confidential legal advice for women