expert organisations for comment or to signpost in your work

There are a large number of organisations who exist to provide help and support to individuals who have been harmed through sexual offences. Please note that the following list is not exhaustive.

Rape Crisis England and Wales

Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that supports the work of Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales. They are the national umbrella body for a network of autonomous member Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales. They currently have 39 member Rape Crisis Centres.

Email: (not staffed 24 hours)

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland is Scotland’s leading organisation working to transform attitudes, improve responses and ultimately to end rape and sexual violence in all its forms. Rape Crisis Scotland and its 17 member centres are committed to adhering to the Rape Crisis National Service Standards (RCNSS).

Email: or text/call: 07936362932.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a human rights organisation which works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

Angles Project

This project aims to improve how sexual and domestic abuse is reported in London and UK-targeted media, leading to better understanding of the crimes, the experiences of victims, perpetrators’ profiles and increased conviction rates. Angles offers a network of spokespeople in the sector.

The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK and has been providing infrastructure support to our members for the past 15 years. We have 124 member agencies based in the UK and Ireland providing information, advice, support and therapy to over 80,000 individual survivors each year.


Safeline offers a range of services which includes a national male survivor email support service, live chat, phone and text service for anyone who identifies as male and for those who are supporting a male survivor of sexual harm living in England and Wales.


1in6 offer practical advice and support for male victims of sexual offences and harm. They offer a range of services including a helpline, alone with practical information on issues like self-care during flashbacks, breathing exercises and help with nightmares.


Imkaan is a UK-based Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls.

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence offers advice and support to Black and Asian men who have experienced sexual offences and harm.


Galop provide support to LGBT+ individuals who have experienced abuse and violence.


The NSPCC work to prevent abuse and help rebuild children’s lives and support their families.

Victim Support

Victim Support is an independent charity which supports people affected by crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales.

Survivors UK

Established as a service for male survivors, SurvivorsUK provides services to anyone who identififes as male, trans, non-binary, or has identified as male in the past. Information about press enquiries can be found online.

Women Against Rape

Women Against Rape (WAR) is a multi-racial women’s group which provides rights information and provides support and advocacy. Information for journalists can be found at…

Women's aid

Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. Information for journalists can be found at…

rights of women

Rights of Women are a women’s charity working to help women through the law. They offer services to provide women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights. Information for journalists is available at…

Southall Black Sisters

Southall Black Sisters are a group of black and minority women with years of experience of struggling for women’s rights in the UK. An online contact form can be found at…

End Violence Against Women Coalition

The EVAWC is a coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors, and Non Government Organisations, working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms. Media enquiry information can be found at…

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The IICSA was established in 2015 and is a statutory inquiry investigating where institutions failed to protect children in their care. Media enquires and further information at…


Respect offers a helpline for male victims of domestic abuse. Details of how to contact Respect can be found at…

National Assoc for People Abused in Childhood

NAPAC is a national organisation which offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Information for journalists and media guidelines for reporting child abuse can be found at…


One in six older people are victims of abuse. Hourglass’ mission is to end the harm, abuse and exploitation of older people in the UK. Information for journalists can be found at…


Refuge provides specialist support to women, children and some men escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence. Information for journalists is available at…


Mind provides advice and support to empower individuals experiencing mental health problems and campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind provides a range of services to members of the media.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

A full list of named press officers and media contacts for local and national media is available on the CPS website.

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is a government department which is responsible for courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centres.

National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC)

The NPCC brings together police forces in the UK. Media enquire information including urgent out of hours contact information is available on the NPCC website.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC)

The APCC is the national membership body for Police and Crime Commissioners (and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners). For media enquiries email or visit


Crimestoppers is a charity that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime 100% anonymously. Information for journalists can be found at…

NHS England (which commission Sexual Assault Referral Centres)

Information about media enquiries is available at…

Victims Commissioner

Information about media enquiries is available at…

Please note that this list of organisations is not exhaustive.

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