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 Correspondent Monday, 27 January, 2003, 14:11 GMT
Support groups information

This web-page provides details of support organisations, contacts for both men and women and some useful websites.
Abuse Recovery UK (ARUK)
Provides interactive support to survivors of sexual abuse either as a child or adult, with advice on related subjects such as date rape, male rape, panic attacks, eating disorders, self harm, as well as Partners and Parents Sections.

Action Against Abuse of Women and Girls
PO Box 124, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 4SJ (written correspondence only)
A national registered charity which aims to support groups who are helping, or wish to help, girls and women who have been subjected to sexual abuse, domestic violence, female circumcision, forced prostitution or other abusive practices. Run from a private home, there is a nominal annual membership. An A5 SAE with 2nd class stamp is appreciated.

Barnardos Ireland
Christchurch Square, Dublin 8, Ireland
Tel: (353) 1 453 0355, Callsave: (353) 1 850 222 300
Fax: (353) 1 453 0300

Barnardos is Ireland's leading independent agency for children and families. Barnardos is committed to the best interests of children and young people in Ireland, promoting and respecting their rights in all of our work.

BASPCAN (British Association for the Study & Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect)

A registered charity which aims to prevent physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect of children and to promote their well-being and their rights as citizens - through education, campaigning and other appropriate activities.

Royal Mail Building, Studd Street, London N1 0QW

Tel: 0800 1111 (24-hour Children's Helpline)
Fax: 020 7704 6898
Childline is a national charity and has a free national 24 hour helpline for children in trouble or danger.

19 Springbank, Hull HU3 1AS

Tel: 01482 325552
Provides face-to-face, telephone and letter counselling. Free information leaflets are also available on request, please enclose an A4 Sae.

Child Protection Teams
The Teams investigate allegations or suspicions of child abuse through a multi-disciplinary approach, working with social workers from the relevant Social Services Departments, or representatives of other caring agencies. All police officers and social workers employed on child protection matters are expected to receive, or to have received, joint training in this complex and highly sensitive work.


Tel: 0800 555 111 (24 hours)
Crimestoppers is a registered charity giving national cover. They provide a free phone service to any person with information about crime. They also provide a means through which people can provide anonymous information regarding crime.

Independent Care After Incest and Rape (ICAIR)
Head Office, Gatehouse, Whiteways, Gt. Chesterford, Essex CB10 1NX
Tel: 01255 675 351 (Anglia Region), or 01491 839 925 (Central England)
Other contact numbers are available on request from any of the above. This is a registered charity with a national network of telephone helplines. They prefer callers to write for information. An A4 sae is required and information will be dispatched normally within 3 days.

MASA (Men Against Sexual Abuse)
44 Bathgate Street, Glasgow G31 1DU
Tel: 0141 550 2048
Open: 9:00am - 9:00pm. Due to lack of funding MASA can only help callers in Scotland. MASA offers help to men who were abused as children or adults or who are victims of male rape. They offer one-to-one counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy where applicable.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
Weston House
42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH

Tel: 0207 825 2500
Tel: 0808 800 5000 (24-hour Children's Helpline)
Aims to prevent child abuse and neglect in all forms.

One In Four
219 Bromley Road, Bellingham, London SE6 2PG
Tel: 020 8697 2112
Offers support and therapeutic help for women and men who have experienced sexual abuse/rape.

Reporting Abuse
Contact your local police station which has specially trained Child Protection Team Officers. The child protection teams may be called Female and Child Protection Units.


Tel: 08457 90 90 90 (local rates), or 1850 60 90 90 (Republic of Ireland)
Email: or anonymous email:
Textphone: 08457 90 91 92, or (353) 1 850 60 90 91 for the Republic of Ireland. Open 24 hours a day, this is a registered charity giving national cover including the Republic of Ireland. They aim to provide confidential emotional support for people in crisis. Contact can be by phone or post. Information is dispatched free of charge.

Survivors Group
The Open Door Project, 1-3 Hanworth Road, Feltham, Middlesex TW13
Tel: 0207 833 3737
Offers telephone and one-to-one counselling to survivors of abuse.

Survivors on the Net

Provides support and information on the internet for survivors of childhood abuse, their partners, family and friends. It provides a comprehensive database of self-help groups, counsellors and therapists, a 24-hour information and self-help forum for survivors run by survivors, plus an email enquiry and support service.

Survivors UK
PO Box 2470, London SW9 6WQ

Tel: 0207 357 6671
Tel: 020 7613 0808
Open: Tuesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm. This organisation offers one to one counselling for men who have experienced sexual abuse/rape. Send a sae for an information pack. They will also respond to specific written enquiries.

Victim Support Ireland
Haliday House, 32 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland Tel: (353) 1 878 0870 Fax: (353) 1 878 0944 E-mail:

Victim Support is committed to the best interests of victims of crime by actively supporting them, identifying their needs and advocating their rights.

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