National Rape Crisis Helpline
The National Helpline is open every day of the year (including bank holidays) between 12.00-2.30pm and 7.00-9.30pm.
The National Rape Crisis Helpline is run by Rape Crisis South London (RASASC) and provides support to women and girls aged 13+ who have survived any form of sexual violence, at any time in their lives.
The Helpline is open every day of the year and provides specialist, confidential emotional and factual support. This support is provided completely free of charge.
As a first step many survivors find it easier to talk anonymously and in confidence. The Helpline aims to provide a supportive, non-judgmental, safe space for women and girls who are surviving sexual violence to begin talking about their experiences. We explore what support and further options are available to someone, always believing in their power to choose for themselves what they want to do next.
The helpline is also available to provide support to friends and family of survivors, as well as other professionals, to help understand how best to support someone surviving sexual violence.
Helpline Support during Covid-19
The National Rape Crisis Helpline remains open every day as usual – this includes bank holidays.
We know that it may be difficult to make a call whilst having to stay at home. Calls may have to be cut short, or you might be interrupted. You may also be contacting us as your local Rape Crisis Centre has closed.
During this time, you can contact us again should you wish to do so. We can offer one call a day for up to 40 minutes and up to 80 minutes of support a week.
You can find out more about the support provided by all RASASC services during Covid-19 here
Our Helpline is
- Staffed by fully trained empathic female Helpline workers.
- LBTQ friendly
- Free from UK landlines and Virgin, Orange, EE, O2, 3, T-Mobile, and Vodaphone mobile phone networks. You can also call the helpline through the landline number (which is not freephone and will show up on your bill) on 0208 683 3300.
Our helpline provides:
- Confidentiality and the freephone number ensures your number will not appear on your bill.
- Specialised emotional support to all women and girls aged 13 years and above, who have survived any kind of sexual violence, however long ago the violence took place.
- Immediate support, information and signposting to relevant support services for families, partners or friends of survivors.
- Signposting male survivors to specialist support
- An empathic & supportive safe space for you to begin talking about your experiences.
- A space where you will be listened to with sincerity and non-judgmental acceptance.
- A space for women to explore and make the choices they want, not those others may think are ‘right’.
- Unreservedly belief.
Our helpline does not
- Tell women what to do.
- Make assumptions about a callers feelings.
- Make a diagnosis of mental health conditions.
- Pressure women to take further action.
- Judge or lie.
For information about how the National Rape Crisis Helpline uses and stores your information, please click here.
We aim to provide a service that meets the needs and expectations of our clients. If you have used our helpline either recently or in the past, we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete a brief survey about your experience. You can give us feedback more than once if you have a different experience or something else you’d like to add. The survey link will take you to a Survey Monkey site which will ensure your answers stay anonymous and confidential.
Click here to take the survey
Rape Crisis England & Wales – Live Chat Helpline
The Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) Live Chat Helpline offers a text-based service for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.
The Live Chat Helpline operators are there are there to listen and offer you emotional support for up to 45 minutes. You can talk about what happened to you, how you feel, and any difficulties you are facing.
To access the service, or find out more information, including opening times, please visit the RCEW website