SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support)
Offers a helpline service (for numbers and operating times see contact page). SARSAS has also developed some self-help guides on sexual abuse.
Provides crisis intervention and support to help collect evidence that sexual abuse has occurred. It has a 24-hour phone line and a separate friends and family service.
0117 342 6999
Provides independent sexual violence advisors. This includes advocacy and support when reporting to the police and going to court.
0333 323 1543
Teams up police and victim support organisations, who work together to guide, advise and support victims and witnesses of crime.
Somerset Sexual Violence Services Pathway
For more information about any sexual violence services in the Somerset and Avon area visit:
The Green House
A registered charity providing free, confidential specialist counselling / therapy and support for men, women and young people (14+) who have experienced or been affected by sexual trauma at any point in their lives. Although the counselling is based in Bristol, there are useful resources and information on their website.
0117 935 1707
Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC)
Facilitates recovery for children and young people as they process trauma, as well as providing training for professionals.
Young Victims Service
Provides help and support to young people aged 8 to 18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs) who’ve been victims of crime and/or anti-social behaviour.
01275 88 44 88
This is the local domestic abuse support service.
0800 69 49 999
The Barnardo's National Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse
Has useful resources to support children affected by child sexual abuse. It also provides helpful definitions of sexual abuse.
Rape Crisis England and Wales
Provides information about rape and sexual abuse.
0808 802 9999
Offers a national helpline for parents and carers of children who’ve been sexually abused.
http://www.mosac.net/ (this is the Australian version and has lots of very helpful information pages on it)
0800 980 1958 freefone (or 020 8293 9990) weekdays
Offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
0845 330 7090
This is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. They are able to contact a counsellor to talk about any issue.
An independent charity supporting people who’ve been affected by a crime or traumatic event. It aims to help people feel safer and find the strength to move forward after a crime.
0300 303 1972
The UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
0808 802 5544
The Truth Project
The Truth Project was set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting.
0800 917 1000