If you’ve been the victim of rape or sexual assault, please report it as soon as possible. Even if you’re not 100 per cent sure, we’d sooner hear from you so that we can make sure you’re safe. If you’re not ready to talk to the police just yet, that’s OK. Below you can find a range of places to get support, advice and medical help.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) work with people who have experienced sexual violence to get them access to the services they need. They provide impartial advice on all the options available such as reporting to police, the criminal justice process, accessing sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), seeking support from specialist sexual violence organisations and other services such as housing or benefits.

Find your local sexual assault referral centre.

Local help

Beech House
This sexual assault referral centre can give you practical help and support if you’ve been a victim of sexual assault – and you don’t have to involve the police unless you want to.

Family Matters
Expert care, therapy and counselling, as well as a friendly voice for adults and children who have survived sexual abuse or rape.

East Kent Rape Crisis Centre
Confidential telephone help and support line offering counselling and practical advice to adults and children who have experienced rape or sexual abuse.

Other useful links

The charities, groups and organisations below can also provide specialist information and support.

Victim Support
A national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime – not just victims and witnesses, but friends, family and anyone else caught up in the aftermath.

Rape Crisis
A national charity offering confidential help, advice and a range of Rape Crisis Centres around the UK.

Galop
A national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community.

Survivors UK
A national charity supporting men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Crimestoppers
A national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously.

Refuge
Refuge supports women, children and men with a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.

Women's Aid
Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

Men's Advice Line
Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).