If you’ve been the victim, please report rape or sexual assault as soon as possible. Even if you’re not 100 per cent sure, we’d sooner hear from you so that we can make sure you’re safe. If you’re not ready to talk to the police just yet, that’s OK. Below you can find a range of places to get support, advice and medical help.

You can speak to these organisations in confidence and what you tell them won't be shared with the police unless you ask for it to be.

Independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs)

Independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs) work with adults and children who have experienced sexual violence and their families to get them access to the services they need.

You can talk to an ISVA without talking to the police.

Find your local sexual assault referral centre.

Find your local sexual assault referral centre.

Other useful links

The charities, groups and organisations below can also provide specialist information and support.

SAFE Place Merseyside

SAFE Place Merseyside is Merseyside’s sexual assault referral centre. It offers trained support to men and women who have been sexually assaulted both recently and at any time in the past.

The centre is confidential and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Victim Support
A national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime – not just victims and witnesses, but friends, family and anyone else caught up in the aftermath.

Rape Crisis
A national charity offering confidential help, advice and a range of Rape Crisis Centres around the UK.

Galop
A national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community.

Survivors UK
A national charity supporting men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Crimestoppers
A national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously.

Refuge
Refuge supports women, children and men with a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.

Women's Aid
Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 
Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).