Rape Crisis England & Wales

Rape Crisis National Helpline Network

A national network of helplines to provide immediate telephone and email support to survivors of sexual violence.

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It ran from to

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1155140)

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  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Our local centres hold a great deal of experience and expertise in sexual violence. We work to a network model where centres support each other to provide excellent services. Women may ring centres which are many miles away because they know that there is no local centre or the local centre is only available for a few hours a week. Many local centres are very vulnerable with regard to funding fluctuations. If a centre closes we lose an enormous amount of expertise in both staff and volunteers. We would like to support the sustainable funding of centres by developing a national helpline network. In this way staff will be engaged in working at a local centre and then answering phone calls or emails as they come in. They will receive support from other staff and training with a larger group of workers. We know that this network model works as this is how we currently run the national organisation. It ensures that expertise is spread throughout the country and not focused on one geographical location. This helps increase awareness in local areas and helps good practice to develop across the country.