Advice and support

Advice and support

Talk to someone

The most important thing to do is to talk to somebody you trust. It doesn't have to be police: friends, family, or someone in your community.

If you can't turn to someone you know, turn to someone you don't.

See below for more details about charities/organisations that you can talk to.

I need to talk to someone now

Free and confidential 24/7 helpline 0800 1111 or online chat.

Here 24 hours a day 265 days a year, for whatever’s troubling you. Call 0845 790 9090.

Freephone 0808 802 9999 (12am-2.30pm/7pm-9.30pm) to get help if you've experienced sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) – independent and confidential medical centres designed for survivors of sexual violence.

Police – Emergencies: 999 (Textphone 18000). Non-emergencies: 111 (Textphone 18001 101).

Medical Assistance – Emergencies: 999 (Textphone 18000). Non-emergencies: 111 (Textphone 18001 111).

Report an offence to the police

Call police – Emergencies: 999 (Textphone 18000). Non-emergencies: 101 (Textphone 18001 101)

Police are there for you at any time. They can help safeguard your wellbeing and work to catch the person that assaulted you and protect others like you.

Contacting police doesn’t have to mean committing to police processes. Their first priority is safeguarding you – whether securing your home or connecting you to emotional support.

If you choose to support a police investigation, you will be supported every step along the way. Even then you can pull out at any stage. Find out more about involving the police.

Any sexual contact without your consent is sexual assault and is a crime. If someone has touched you in a way that made you uncomfortable, this may be considered sexual assault. If someone puts his penis into your vagina, mouth or anus without your consent this is rape. If you were asleep or too drunk to give your consent, this is their fault not yours.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)

These are independent medical centres not linked to police. They offer a private, safe, discrete and caring environment designed for all survivors of sexual assault - including men, women and children.

They offer medical, practical and emotional support regardless of whether you want to report to police. They have specially trained doctors and counsellors to care for you, as well as specialist staff trained to help you make informed decisions about what to do next. If you're considering reporting to police, they can arrange for you to have an informal talk with a specially trained officer who will be able to explain what’s involved.

If you visit a SARC you will not be judged. You will be believed and most importantly you will never be pressured to do anything you are uncomfortable with. They keep what you tell them confidential unless you say otherwise.

To find details of your nearest SARC visit the NHS website.

Read more about SARCs

Medical Advice

Below are useful contacts if you have been injured or are worried about your health, sexual health, the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy, or you are finding it difficult to cope emotionally.

Medical Assistance – Emergencies: 999 (Textphone 18000). Non-emergencies (24/7 advice): 111 (Textphone 18001 111)

Your GP – knows your medical history and can connect you to appropriate NHS medical and emotional support services

A&E – visit in person for 24hr access to emergency medical care

NHS Walk-in Centres - convenient access to a range of treatments for minor injuries/illnesses

Sexual Assault Referral Centres for confidential care that's not linked to police

GUM/ STI Clinics get tested/treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Straightforward and confidential. Most infections can be cured.

Charities and more

You don't have to deal with this on your own and the best thing you can do is talk to someone.

Independent organisations you can speak to in confidence who can offer resources in your time of need and also put you in touch with local services.

Childline Free and confidential 24/7 helpline 0800 1111 or online chat.

Samaritans Here 24 hours a day 265 days a year, for whatever’s troubling you. Call 0845 790 9090.

Rapecrisis Freephone 0808 802 9999 (12am-2.30pm/7pm-9.30pm) to get help if you've experienced sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) – independent and confidential medical centres designed for survivors of sexual violence.

Survivors UK Offer support to men who have been raped or sexually assaulted

Victim Support 0808 168 9111. Free help for victims of any crime

SV2 01773 746 115. Supports victims of sexual violence.

Action on Elder Abuse Work to protect and prevent the abuse of older adults

Barnardo's Assist young people experiencing sexual abuse and other various issues

Broken Rainbow UK Support for LGBT people experiencing domestic violence

Switchboard LGBT helpline: information, support and referral service

Refuge Specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence

Terrence Higgins Trust Sexual health and HIV information for young people

Can't decide who to contact?

The most important thing to do is talk to somebody. It doesn't have to be police, just someone that you trust: friends, family, counsellors, doctors or someone in your community.

If you report to police, your dedicated specialist officer can refer you to support organisations and will make your welfare a priority whether or not you choose to move forward with an investigation.