Our North London rape crisis service offers a range of services to women and girls 13+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
We understand sexual violence to include rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, prostitution, female genital mutilation, sexual harassment, sexual bullying and sexual abuse within partnerships.
The majority of sexual violence is perpetrated by men against women which is why our rape crisis service at Solace is for women only. We acknowledge that sexual violence also occurs in same sex relationships and can affect all women regardless of age, class, ethnicity, ability or sexuality.
Sexual violence impacts everyone in different ways. However you are coping right now, this will be a natural response for you. There is not a right or wrong way to cope.
Some women tell us they feel unable to sleep due to nightmares or have trouble trusting other people around them.
Some survivors feel shame, blame and self-hatred. Others may feel angry, tearful or suicidal. Some feelings may come up months or years later or something that happens in our life will 'trigger' or remind us of the abuse. We encourage you to seek support however you are feeling.
0808 801 0305
The North London Rape Crisis Helpline is a free, anonymous service available to women and girls aged 13+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time: recent or non-recent. We offer a safe and non-judgmental space for women, whether you are already receiving support, awaiting counselling, or speaking out for the first time.
*Please note helpline volunteer training is taking place through the month of January. This may mean that there is a new volunteer listening in to your call, this does not affect the confidentiality or anonymity of your call*
The helpline is here to provide specialist emotional support and confidential information about options and services available. We’re not here to tell you what to do. We’re here to give you the information and support to choose what’s right for you.
We also provide support and advice for the friends and family of survivors, as well as professionals working alongside them.
The helpline is open:
Monday: 10am - 2pm
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm, 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday: 1pm - 5pm
Thursday: 1pm - 5pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
You can contact us by email at any time at [email protected]
Our Rape Crisis Counsellors work from a person centred and feminist perspective. This means that the focus is on supporting you where you are at and valuing you as an expert in your own life.
We offer short term counselling for women who are going to court (as recommended by the Crown Prosecution Service)
We can offer longer term counselling for women who are not going through the Criminal Justice process or who have already been through that process. The amount of sessions will be decided by you and your counsellor.
Counsellors are here to help you heal by allowing you a space to discuss your feelings and thoughts, or offer other therapeutic tools you may find useful. Therapists do not give advice, only support and a non-judgemental ear.
Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVA) support women though the Criminal Justice Process. They can support you if you are considering whether to report to the Police all the way through to supporting you at court.
If you choose to report your case to the police, advocates can help you along your legal journey through advice, information, liaising with the organisations that will be involved, and pre and post-trial support.
Reporting sexual violence is a very personal choice. It is important to note that the advocates will never expect you to report, or judge you if you choose not to.
Our ISVA’s can also support you with referrals and signposting to sexual health services and other services which you may request.
Group support and body therapy can be very healing for women who have experienced sexual violence. At North London Rape Crisis we have a number of groups throughout the week in the daytimes and the evenings. Our timetables change regularly so please check by calling the helpline on 0808 801 0305 (Freephone) or emailing [email protected]
Groups which run at different times throughout the year include:
- Creative therapy groups
- A weekly group for LBQ women
- Quarterly drop-in
- Therapeutic group
- Yoga and Trauma Release Exercise
National Rape Crisis Helpline - 0845 122 1331
Open daily: 12pm to 2:30pm & 7pm to 9:30pm
The Havens: Sexual Assault Referral Centres
Camberwell: 0203 299 1599
Paddington: 0203 312 1101
Whitechapel: 0207 247 4787
NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
Women’s Self-Injury Support Line - 0808 800 8088
Open: Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm & Thursdays 3pm to 5pm
Pace Health: Mental health resources for the LGBTQ community - 0207 700 1323
Rights of Women Criminal Law Advice Line - 020 7608 1137
Open: Thursdays 2pm to 4pm
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) - 0808 801 0331
Open: Monday to Thursday 10am to 9pm – Fridays 10am to 6pm
The London Survivors Gateway offers support to victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse to access specialist services in London. It is the first port of call for anyone looking for information on the support available to them and how to access those services.
The London Survivors Gateway is available to anyone aged 13 or above regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, language, ethnicity or immigration status and is a completely confidential service.
The Gateway is led by the Women and Girls Network and is a partnership between the four London Rape Crisis Centres (including North London Rape Crisis run by Solace) Galop, SurvivorsUK and the Havens.
To access the service you can complete an online form at https://survivorsgateway.london/ or call us for free on 0808 801 0860.