Berkshire & National Helplines & Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Sexual Abuse & Tauma
Please find below a list of National Helplines and some useful websites. A more comprehensive list of agencies offering information, support and advice can be found on the BACP website links page.
Trust House Reading
Trust House Reading launched in March 2014 and provides free and confidential specialist sexual violence support services to men, women and children living in Berkshire. This support is available to survivors of historical or recent experiences of rape and sexual abuse and supporters of survivors including friends or family.
Royal Berkshire NHS
Department of Sexual Health – Sexual Health Clinics
Address: Royal Berkshire Hospital, 21a Craven Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5LE
Telephone: 0118 322 7202
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted we are often one of the first places people think of coming to for help.
Following an assault there are some options for you to consider.
- If you want to report it to the police it is a good idea to do that as soon as possible.
- if you are not sure about reporting it to the police you can attend a SARC (details below) or please come to the clinic where we can provide a full range of support, advice, screening, vaccinations, PEPSE, and emergency contraception.
We can also supply information about other agencies that you might like to consider contacting for ongoing support.
SARCs – Sexual Assault Referral Centres
A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (sometimes referred to as a “SARC”) provides services to victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the survivor/victim chooses to reports the offence to the police or not.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres are designed to be comfortable and multi-functional, providing private space for interviews and examinations, and some may also offer counselling services. “SARC”s have specialist staff that are trained to help you make informed decisions about what you want to do next.
SARCs and Sexual Health Clinics in Berkshire:
Sexual Assault Referral Centre – Solace Centre Slough
Address: Upton Hospital, Church Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2BJ
Telephone: 0845 519 7638 / 0300 130 3036
Department of Sexual Health – Sexual Health Clinic
Address: Royal Berkshire Hospital, The Florey, Sexual Health & Contraceptive Services, 21a Craven Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5LE
Telephone: 0118 322 7202
The Garden Clinic
Address: Skimped Hill Health Centre, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1LH
Telephone: 01344 458118
The Garden Clinic (Outpatients Department)
Address: St Mark’s Hospital, St Mark’s Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6DU
Telephone: 01753 635302
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
Call 0808 801 0331 free from all landlines and mobiles
NAPAC provides a national freephone support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood.
Telephone support line opening hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am-9.00pm and Friday 10.00am-6.00pm
SurvivorsUK Helpline Web Chat
National Helpline Web Chat for adult male survivors of rape or sexual
(Monday – Friday 10.30 – 21:00; Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00)
MOSAC (Mothers of Sexually Abused Children) 0800 980 1958
Supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. We provide various types of support services and information for parents, carers and professionals dealing with child sexual abuse.
SupportLine 01708 765200
Confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post.
CISters (Surviving Rape and/or Sexual Abuse) 02380 338080
Answerphone 023 80 338080 is usually monitored daily during the week and callers can choose to leave their name and phone number, and we will call them back and will take care when doing so. Or can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The helpline is available to female adult survivors of childhood rape/sexual abuse, and others can call if they have a concern about such issues. In the case of the latter we will seek to signpost them to appropriate services.
PODS: Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
A project of Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust (START)
PODS works to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting.
Helpline: 0800 181 4420 – Tuesdays 6-8pm or appointments at other times by contacting the office
Email: email@example.com (for START) or firstname.lastname@example.org (for PODS)
Website: www.start-online.org.uk and www.pods-online.org.uk
Bristol Crisis Service for Women
Bristol Crisis Service for Women is a national organisation that supports girls and women in emotional distress. They particularly help women who harm themselves (often called self-injury).
First Person Plural
UK-wide membership charity led by volunteers who have lived-experience of dissociative identity disorder (previously known as ‘multiple personality disorder’) or other childhood-trauma-related complex dissociative condition with a similar presentation (e.g. type 1 dissociative disorder not otherwise specified).
Respond exists in order to lessen the effect of trauma and abuse on people with learning disabilities their families and supporters. Provides psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities, advice and support for staff and families, training for carers and professionals, and education for people with learning disabilities.
Rape Crisis England & Wales
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a national feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence. They are a national umbrella body for their network of autonomous member Rape Crisis organisations across England and Wales and was set up to support their specialist work.
A useful website with various resource information for adult male survivors of rape or sexual abuse.
SurvivorScotland oversees the National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Through the National Strategy, Strategy Funding and the National Confidential Forum, they aim to:
- Raise awareness of childhood abuse
- Increase awareness of its long term consequences
- Improve support services
- Enhance the health and wellbeing of survivors
- Understand and acknowledge the experiences of people who were in care as children, whether those experiences were positive or negative
- Develop training and skills for frontline workers
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