Additional Resources

This page is aimed at helping you to understand your options for finding specialist support in the UK. As part of the support that Safe Spaces offers, our caseworkers would be happy to spend time talking you through these specialist agencies and tools. We would also be happy to make referrals to any of the agencies on your behalf.

However, if you would rather contact these agencies directly, we hope the directory below will be helpful for you.

Helpful tools

My Support Space is a free, safe, secure and confidential online resource provided by Victim Support designed to help you manage the impact that crime has had on you. These support resources are also appropriate for victims and survivors of abuse. My Support Space contains interactive guides covering a range of topics such as sleep, trauma, difficult emotions and wellbeing. Each guide contains videos, techniques, activities and tips, and can be completed at your own pace.
You can also create an online diary, find useful resources and request direct support.       
Create your free account here


The Church Society
are a fellowship contending to reform and renew the Church of England in biblical faith. On their website, you will find details of their conferences, publications and other resources, as well as their regularly updated blog and weekly podcast.
Websitehttps://churchsociety.org/

Royal College of PsychiatristsThis link provides detailed information on post-traumatic stress disorder.
Website: https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/problems-disorders/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

It’s Good to Talk is a place full of positivity, tips and chit chat. In their podcast, they want to give you a safe space, so join them, and their guest each week for a chat, because it’s good to talk!
Website: https://anchor.fm/itsgoodtotalk

Reporting abuse

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service sets and directs the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS), which was established to drive forward improvement in practice. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
Website: http://catholicsafeguarding.org.uk

The Church of England Safeguarding
There are Safeguarding Advisers in every diocese and Safeguarding Officers in every parish. If you are worried about someone, please contact your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. The link below will take you to the relevant website where there is contact information. 

Website: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding
Email: safeguarding@churchofengland.org

The Church in Wales Safeguarding promote the wellbeing of children and adults at risk, raise awareness of safeguarding within the church, work to prevent abuse or harm from occurring and seek to protect and respond well to those that have been abused.
Website: https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/safeguarding/

Reporting guide - your guide on reporting non-recent child sexual abuse to the police in the UK
This is a guide prepared by Operation Hydrant which tells you what to expect when reporting to the police. You can view this here.

Agencies supporting victims of church related abuse

MACSAS supports women and men who have been sexually abused as children or adults by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the church. MACSAS support both survivors who have remained within their Christian communities and those who have left. They offer a telephone and email helpline.
Phone: 0808 801 0340
Email: support@macsas.org.uk
Website: https://www.macsas.org.uk/

Replenished Life aims to provide a safe place and space for survivors of spiritual abuse/coercive control in a religious setting. They facilitate safe spaces for survivors to explore the next steps on their journey to recovery and signpost survivors to services and resources available to aid them in their journey.
Phone: 07746 153 703
Email: simonandcaroline@replensihed.life
Website: https://www.replenished.life

Survivors Voices supports anyone who has experienced abuse, trauma or violence as a child or an adult. Survivor’s voices also recognise the needs of people supporting survivors in non-professional roles, as peers, partners, family members and friends.They offer peer support and enlightened self-help through their private Facebook group, informal gatherings and the London Survivors Group
Website: https://survivorsvoices.org

thirtyone:eight are an independent Christian safeguarding charity which helps individuals, organisations, charities, faith and community groups to protect vulnerable people from abuse.
Website: https://thrityoneeight.org

Mental health support

Andy’s man club run support groups for men to come together to talk. They also have a national online group. Their website lists the locations they currently have clubs.
Websitehttps://andysmanclub.co.uk/club-infomation/

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. They also support those bereaved by suicide.
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm – midnight)

Webchat: 5 pm – midnight through their website
Websitewww.thecalmzone.net

Mind empower people to understand their condition and the choices available to them through their Infoline and through their Legal Line, which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
Websitehttps://www.mind.org.uk

Papyrus UK work with people under 35 who are having suicidal feelings, and with people who are worried about someone under 35.
Email: pat@papyrus-uk.org
Text: 07786 209697
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

SANE offer emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. They work with anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening)
Website: www.sane.org.uk 

Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like. They offer a confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Telephone: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org (Response time 24 hours)
Website: https://www.samaritans.org

Sexual abuse, assault and/or rape support agencies

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
Phone: 0808 801 0331 (10am – 9pm Mon – Thurs, 10am – 6pm Friday)
Website: www.napac.org.uk
Email: support@napac.org.uk

Rape Crisis provide specialist support and services to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual violence, or sexual abuse at any time. Over half of their members also provide specialist services for male survivors.
Telephone: 0808 802 9999 (12:00-14:30 and 19:00-21:30 daily)
Websitewww.rapecrisis.org.uk

Refuge supports women and children who experience all forms of violence and abuse, including domestic violence, sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, and human trafficking and modern slavery.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24hr)

Live chat: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk 3pm - 10pm
Website: https://www.refuge.org.uk

The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK. Their services work with victims and survivors of all ages, all genders, of all forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, including support for partners and family members.
Phone0808 801 0818
Website: https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/

Survivors UK can offer a range of support services including counselling and therapy appointments as well as online chat. All services are provided by trained professionals who as specialists in the field of male sexual violence have helped many men to work through their experiences.
Phone0203 598 3898
Live Chat: https://www.survivorsuk.org/ 12 pm – 8pm
Website: https://www.survivorsuk.org/

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