Other services

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.

Bristol Survivor Pathway
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.


Helplines

SARSAS

Offer helplines, e-support, and other specialist services for survivors of sexual abuse in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BANES, North Somerset and Somerset.

Womankind

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.

Safeline

Offer a national online support service for anyone affected by sexual abuse and a specific national Male Survivor Helpline.

Samaritans

A 24/7 helpline for anyone feeling distressed or suicidal.

Shout

A 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis, anxious or worried.

Bristol MindLine

A confidential helpline for anyone in Bristol and the surrounding areas in distress or looking for mental health support.

MindLine Trans+

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.

Childline

24/7 telephone and online support from trained counsellors for children and young people up to 19 years old.

Young Minds

Offer a national helpline for parents and a range of resources and information guides on supporting children and young people’s mental health.

HopeLine UK

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.

Mankind

Offer a national helpline and support for male victims of domestic abuse.


Other support services

Safe Link

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.

Kinergy

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.

Bristol Mind

Offer counselling, groups, information and resources on a range of mental health and wellbeing needs.

Second Step

Offer a range of mental health services in Bristol and North Somerset. Their Wellbeing College runs various mental health courses and workshops.

Changes Bristol

Offer support groups, including online gatherings, for adults suffering from mental distress.

Nilaari

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

Kooth

Free online counselling and support for young people.

Young Minds

Offer a 24/7 text service for young people struggling with their mental health and looking for support.

MOSAC

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.

Family Lives

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.

Bristol BASE

Offers support for young people in the Bristol area at risk of sexual exploitation.

Be Safe

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.

Young Victims

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.

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