National Rape Crisis
For general information about Rape Crisis visit the website.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre National Freephone Helpline:
0808 802 99 99 FREEPHONE
12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm
Every Day of the Year
The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) in South London offers a free phone number for their telephone helpline service. The telephone number will not appear on callers' bills. It is also free from the main six UK mobile networks - 3, Orange, Virgin, Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2.
The helpline is open every day of the year, including weekends and bank holidays, from 12-14:30 and in the evening from 19–21:30, taking calls nationally from female and male survivors as well as non-abusing families, partners, friends and other agencies.
Rape Crisis Centres formed as a co-ordinating group in 2003 and registered as a charity, Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) in February 2007 to promote the needs of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, improve services to them and work towards the elimination of sexual violence. Rape Crisis England & Wales is an umbrella body working to co-ordinate and support a network of independent affiliated Rape Crisis Centres (RCCs) across England and Wales. They campaign to raise awareness, improve the response of Government and other organisations and challenge public attitudes about the acceptability of sexual violence.
Rape Crisis member centres acknowledge all forms of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual domestic violence, forced marriage, and so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking and sexual exploitation and ritual abuse.
Rape Crisis Centres provide crucial frontline support and independent advocacy for victim and survivors of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence both recently and/or in the past; they are community based, and independent of government and the criminal justice system.
The first Rape Crisis Centre opened in 1973; Centres now offer a wide range of specialist trauma informed support and information for women and girl survivors, families, friends and professionals including: helplines, face-to-face counselling and support, group work, advocacy including access the criminal justice system or practical support. Bespoke training is offered to voluntary and statutory agencies.
Member Centres provided dedicated space for women and girls and services are delivered free of charge, in confidence, in a safe and non-threatening environment. They recognize gender-based violence is a cause and consequence of gender inequality, and as such offer a gender-specific, evidence-based response. Achieving real equality means tackling the structural inequality that is embedded in society and in gender relations. Member Centres adhere to a membership criteria which promotes dedicated services for women and girls as a way of challenging structures which have historically discriminated against women and girls and provide the most effective care and services. Over the decades services have developed and more than half of Rape Crisis Centres offer services to adults, young people and children.
Rape Crisis groups are autonomous, but have come together to work under the umbrella of Rape Crisis England & Wales through a regional network of Rape Crisis Centres to share information, expertise and provide a voice to victims and survivors on a local, regional and national level.