Rape Crisis UK

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Rape Crisis is a national charity which promotes the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual abuse, to improve services and to work towards the elimination of sexual abuse.    They raise awareness and understanding of sexual abuse in the wider community and with local, regional and national governments.  Rape crisis are women-led and offer support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe place.

Geographical area service covers

National with Local Centres

Who is the service for?

All those who have experienced rape, child sexual abuse and/or any kind of sexual violence

Referral routes into service (professionals, self)


Risk level you support


Other relevant information

However you are feeling, try to remember that this is not your fault, you are not to blame, and you are not alone. 


  • Try to be somewhere that feels safe.
  • You might be in shock, so try to keep warm.
  • See if a friend or someone you trust can be with you.
  • Talk to someone about what has happened. If you don’t feel like talking to a friend or family member yet, contact your nearest Rape Crisis Centre.

If you need urgent medical care or attention, call 999 (or 112 from a mobile) and ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency department. Find more health information that might be helpful here.

The national helpline number 0808 802 9999 is open between 12:00 – 14:30 and 19:00 – 21:30 every day of the year.

More information is available on the Get Help pages

Live Chat Helpline

The Live Chat Helpline is for women and girls over the age of 16 who live in England and whose lives have been affected by sexual violence.

The Live Chat Helpline is open

  • Monday: 2pm-4.30pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Tuesday: 2-4.30pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm
  • Thursday: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-8.30pm
  • Friday: 9am-11.30am