Please note – many of these websites are excellent sources of information or support. It can sometimes, however, be upsetting to explore difficult experiences online. It may be better to look at these websites when you know you will be seeing or talking to someone you trust for emotional support.
Support for all survivors
West Yorkshire Victim Support is open weekdays (8am-8pm) if you need to talk to someone about any crime that you have experienced (including childhood abuse) – call 0300 303 1971. It doesn’t matter whether you have reported the crime or how long ago it took place. The Victim Support national helpline is open through the night (8pm-8am) and all weekend – call 0808 16 89 111 (freephone).
Napac is a national freephone support line for adults who have experienced any type of abuse in childhood. Call 0808 801 0331, 10am-9pm Monday to Thursday and 10am-6pm on Fridays.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) is a national freephone helpline which supports any man or woman who has experienced rape or sexual abuse (or their supporters). Call 01483 546 400 between 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Monday to Thursday (closed bank holidays).
Lifecentre is a charity that supports male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse of all ages. Call the free national helpline on 0808 802 0808, open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.
The Survivors Trust is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 135 specialist organisations which support people in the UK who have experienced rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse. For support, advice and info call 0808 801 0818.
The Truth Project was set up for survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting. By sharing their experiences survivors can make an important contribution to the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and their experiences will feed into and influence the Inquiry’s findings and recommendations.
Support for women
Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service offers counselling to women in Leeds who have experienced childhood abuse (waiting lists for this service can be long). Call 0113 2455725.
Mondays@Northpoint – a free emotional wellbeing service for women who have been sexually abused in childhood. The service can offer you time with an experienced therapist in a confidential space and is currently taking referrals and self-referrals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Basis Yorkshire’s young people’s project supports girls and young women up to the age of 18 living in Leeds who have experienced child sexual exploitation. Basis can offer one-to-one support and help accessing other agencies or appointments, including making sure your voice is heard by other professionals. They work with you as long as you need it and offer peer support for girls and young women that no longer need one-to-one support. You can refer yourself or be referred, forms available online. Call 0113 243 0036 or email email@example.com to enquire about referrals.
SARSVL is the Rape Crisis Centre for Leeds offering support to all women who have been affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives. As well as providing support by phone and text, SARVSL offer face-to-face appointments in a women-only safe space in the city centre. A volunteer will listen and help you talk about how you are feeling. Call 0808 802 3344 (freephone) or you can text 07860022880. Check website for service updates.
Survivors West Yorkshire online support group for female survivors.
Support for men
Survivors UK offers a range of support services including counselling and therapy appointments as well as online and SMS chat services to men who have been raped or who have experienced sexual abuse.
National Male Survivor Helpline offers emotional and practical support to male survivors of sexual violence. Call 0808 800 5005.
Thursdays@Northpoint – a free emotional wellbeing service for men over 18 who have been sexually abused in childhood. The service offers time with an experienced therapist in a confidential space to think about what you’ve been through and how to move forward in life. It is currently taking referrals and self-referrals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a place.
Andy’s Man Club offers a safe place for men to talk about issues and problems they are facing (or have faced) with other men. The club meets weekly (except bank holidays) at Leeds College of Building and offers non-judgemental support.
Support for young people and children
The Marketplace offers services to young people in Leeds aged 11-25 years old for mental health and sexual health and to provide support in times of crisis. All services are free and confidential.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service to help any young person under the age of 19. Call 0800 1111.
MindMate, the mental health website for children and young people in Leeds, can help anyone in Leeds under the age of 16 find information and support for their mental health and wellbeing.