If you have experienced rape or sexual abuse, there are a range of different services available to support you. Choosing what would be most helpful for you will depend on the type of support you are looking for, your age, gender and where you live.
South West Survivor Pathway
The Survivor Pathway is a guide for anyone wanting to know more about specialist sexual violence support services in the South West.
Offer helplines, e-support, and other specialist services for survivors of sexual abuse in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BANES, North Somerset and Somerset.
Run a helpline, webchat support, befriending, counselling, and support groups for women in Bristol and the surrounding area.
National Rape Crisis England and Wales Helpline
A national helpline and live chat support for women and girls aged 16+ affected by rape or sexual abuse.
Offer a national online support service for anyone affected by sexual abuse and a specific national Male Survivor Helpline.
A 24/7 helpline for anyone feeling distressed or suicidal.
A 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis, anxious or worried.
A confidential helpline for anyone in Bristol and the surrounding areas in distress or looking for mental health support.
A national mental health support helpline for anyone who identifies as transgender, agender, gender fluid, or non-binary.
The Silver Line
A 24/7 helpline offering information, friendship and advice to anyone in the UK over 55.
24/7 telephone and online support from trained counsellors for children and young people up to 19 years old.
Offer a national helpline for parents and a range of resources and information guides on supporting children and young people’s mental health.
A helpline for anyone under 35 years old experiencing thoughts of suicide or worried about a young person thinking about suicide.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
A 24/7 helpline offering advice and support for women affected by domestic abuse.
Offer a national helpline and support for male victims of domestic abuse.
Other support services
Offer a number of one-to-one and peer support services for people of all ages in Avon and Somerset who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.
Self Injury Support
Offer telephone, text, email and webchat support services and resources for women affected by self harm.
Offer specialist counselling and support groups for survivors of sexual abuse aged 16+ in Bristol and the surrounding area.
The Southmead Project
Offers counselling and support groups for survivors of abuse and addiction in the Bristol area.
Offer counselling, groups, information and resources on a range of mental health and wellbeing needs.
Offer a range of mental health services in Bristol and North Somerset. Their Wellbeing College runs various mental health courses and workshops.
Offer support groups, including online gatherings, for adults suffering from mental distress.
A Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) led charity offering a range of mental health support and talking therapies for people, particularly those from BAME communities, across Bristol.
Victims of Crime Advocacy Service (VOCAS)
Offers advocacy and support for any victim of crime aged 18 + in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BANES, North Somerset and Somerset.
Stop It Now
A national charity offering a confidential helpline, information and advice for people troubled by sexual thoughts towards children or anyone worried about someone’s sexual behaviour.
Every Mind Matters
Offer resources and practical tips on looking after your mental health and wellbeing.
Other Children and Young People’s services
Free online counselling and support for young people.
Offer a 24/7 text service for young people struggling with their mental health and looking for support.
Offer a national telephone helpline, practical support and legal guidance for parents of children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse.
Off The Record Bristol
Offer range of mental health services, counselling and groups across Bristol and South Glos for young people aged 11-25 years.
Offer information and support on different aspects of parenting and family life, a helpline for parents and online forums.
Off The Record BANES
Offer a range of mental health services, counselling and groups for young people living in BANES.
Offers support for young people in the Bristol area at risk of sexual exploitation.
Offer assessment and therapeutic interventions for children and young people displaying sexually harmful behaviour.
Somerset Phoenix Project
Offer training and consultancy for professionals and one-to-one counselling for children and young people in Somerset who have experienced sexual abuse.
Offer a range of telephone, online and face-to-face support for children and young people aged 5-18 years in Avon and Somerset who have been victims of crime.