Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (Darlington and Durham Rape Crisis):

Confidential support line 01325 369 933 Monday – Thursday 6.30 – 9.00pm for all survivors and supporters.

Counselling available through self-referral for women aged 13 and over, please call 01325 345 119 to refer.

The Meadows – Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Country Durham: the SARC can offer both forensic medical examinations and counselling – you do not have to report to the police but you will be supported with this if you choose to.

01913 018 554 (answering machine outside office hours).

Durham Women’s Refuge: offering advice and support for women experiencing domestic violence.

Call 01913 865 951.

GUM and sexual health clinic:

Call 01913 332 660 (based at the University Hospital near the council offices, walk-in clinic and appointments available).

Survivors UK: national helpline for men who have been raped or sexually abused.

Textchat: 020 3322 1860, webchat: Open Mondays 6-9pm, Tuesdays 6-9pm, Wednesdays 12-2.30pm & 6-9pm, Thursdays 12-2.30pm.

Rape Crisis National Freephone Helpline:

Call 0808 802 9999 – support line for female survivors of sexual violence, open every day 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm.

Rights of Women helpline providing free, confidential legal advice for women:

020 7251 8887 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) – Tues 11am-1pm. (Criminal law advice line for advice on issues including: sexual offences, including rape and sexual assault; domestic violence and harassment; reporting offences to the police and the criminal justice system; the rights of victims, witnesses and defendants; criminal injuries compensation.)

‘From Report to Court’ – Rights of Women handbook for adult survivors of sexual violence:


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