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Help and support for victims of sexual assault and rape

There are a range of organisations who can provide specialist support to victims of sexual violence and abuse and victims of sexual violence at the hand of their partner. More generally there are organisations that provide advice and support to all victims of crime.

Organisations providing support

The section provides you with details of the main support organisations. You might find it helpful to contact one or more of these organisations.

You do not need to have reported the rape/ sexual assault in order to seek their help. But if you reveal information about a serious crime, the person you tell is obligated by law to tell the relevant authorities, for example, the police.

Nexus NI

Nexus NI works across Northern Ireland to respond to the needs of people aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual abuse and may benefit from specialist counselling for survivors of sexual abuse/ violence.

Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre NI

Free and confidential support for females aged 14 and over who have survived rape or abuse however long ago the experiences were, and families or partners. Can offer face-to-face support or specialist counselling, court support and home visits.

  • Telephone 028 9032 9002 crisis line

NI Women’s Aid Federation

Women’s Aid provides advice, support and safe accommodation for women (and their children) who have been abused mentally, physically and/ or sexually by their partner/ ex-partner.

Victim Support Northern Ireland

Victim Support provides practical and emotional support for all victims of crime at local offices across Northern Ireland.

Health matters

GUM clinics offer free and confidential services for anyone, of any age, who has been raped or sexually assaulted. This includes support, testing and advice. Staff are sensitive and experienced in working with men and women.

Handbook for victims

You can find further information in this handbook for victims of rape or sexual assault:

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