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 people who have experienced sexual violence to get them access to the services they need.

They provide impartial advice on all the options available such as reporting to police, the criminal justice process, accessing sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), seeking support from specialist sexual violence organisations and other services such as housing or benefits.

Find your local sexual assault referral centre.

Other useful links

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

Synergy - Essex partership of rape crisis centres. Every victim of rape will be contacted within 24 hours of reporting. Synergy provides confidential advice to all victims so that you can make your own choice about what support you require.

Oakwood Place - sexual assault referral centre in Brentwood.

Cara Essex - centre for action on rape and abuse, with branches in Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Dunmow and Harwich.

South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre - includes phone conselling and one-to-one help.

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).