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Support for survivors

We provide support for victims and survivors engaging in all aspects of our work.

The emotional support is provided by trained and experienced therapeutic staff and will be tailored to your needs. It’s there to support you whilst you take part in our investigations, attend our events or share your experience with us in the Truth Project.

Examples of the support we provide are:

  • Support for public hearings core participants and investigation witnesses.
  • Support staff available at Inquiry seminars.
  • Support staff available at Victim and Survivors Forum events and consultation meetings.
  • Support available for Truth Project participants (click here to find out more about the Truth project and support available.

We don’t provide psychological therapy or trauma therapy but we can signpost you to services that do.

Here are some organisations that offer specialist support to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. We don’t endorse any particular service.  

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

NAPAC helpline: 0808 801 0331

Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis England and Wales is a national charity and the umbrella body for all Rape Crisis Centres. You can find your nearest Rape Crisis Centre and how to get help if you’ve experienced rape, child abuse and/ or any other kind of sexual violence from the email address below. You can also find information on advocacy and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) services, counselling and therapeutic services as well as helplines and emotional support.

National Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline number 0808 802 9999 (12pm - 2.30pm and 7pm - 9.30pm).


SurvivorsUK is the longest established service providing support to adult males who have experienced any form of sexual violence. They provide a national web-chat and text-chat support service available seven days per week and counselling (individual and group) from their London premises. They also host a male victim focused independent sexual violence adviser (ISVA).

Contact SurvivorsUK: 02035983898;;

The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse support organisations for women, men, young people and children.  Contact details for local support

National Support Line offering advice, information and support freephone: 0808 801 0818; contact details for local support organisations:

You may find these websites helpful if you want advice on other health and well-being concerns:


Mind - a national mental health charity providing advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem.

InfoLine: 0300 123 3393

NHS Choices

NHS Choices is the online gateway to the National Health Service in England, providing health and lifestyle advice, along with information about local services and the latest health news.


Samaritans is available round the clock, every day of the year. Talk to us any time you like in your own way, about whatever’s getting to you.

Call Samaritans anytime on: 116 123

Or email:

What to do in a crisis

If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe and are having thoughts of suicide which you think you may act on, please consider the below options:

  • Go to any hospital A&E department or ask for an emergency appointment with your GP

  • Call 999, ask for an ambulance if you can’t get to A&E or ask someone else to call for you

  • If you need some support but don’t want to go to A&E, then call Samaritans 24/7 (Freephone 116 123) or NHS 111 (England - dial 111) or NHS Direct (Wales - dial 111).


Trauma-informed approach

The Inquiry recognises the significant, life-long impact that child sexual abuse can have on a person.

Trauma-informed approach

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