Useful resources and contacts

Useful guides and leaflets

Self-help guide for survivors

This self-help guide is for survivors of rape or sexual violence who want to understand and process their own personal reactions to what happened to them. When you have been subjected to rape or sexual violence is can affect how you think, how you feel, how you behave and how you see the world.

Guide for family and friends supporting a survivor

This guide is for family and friends supporting a person of any gender or sexual orientation, who has been subjected to rape or sexual violence, recently or in the past.

What is an ISVA?

Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) offer practical and emotional support to anyone who have been raped or sexually assaulted, recently or in the past, and help you to access other available support services to address both short and long-term needs.

What is a ChISVA?

A Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ChISVA) is someone who provides help and support to children and young people who have been subjected to sexual violence. A ChISVA offers practical and emotional support as well as support through the criminal justice system, if you choose to report.

ISVA Service Guide

CRCC offers practical information and advocacy support for survivors of sexual violence through it’s ISVA Service. The adult ISVA service works with people aged 19 and over and the Children and Young People’s ISVA (ChISVA) supporters survivors aged 18 and under and their families, where appropriate.

Sleep problems and nightmares guide

The effects of trauma and sexual violence can affect various aspects of your life, including your sleep. Our Sleep problems and nightmares guide is here to help

From Report to Court Guide

Produced by Rights of Women, a detailed guide on the whole criminal justice process, from deciding whether or not to report, to the investigation stages and courtroom procedures.

Useful contacts

Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group

Our sister rape crisis centre based in Peterborough. We work in close partnership with them as the Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership.

Rape Crisis England and Wales

The national umbrella organisation for rape crisis centres across England and Wales.

The Elms SARC

The Elms Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

Cambridge Women’s Aid

Providing dedicated and specialist services to women and children affected by domestic violence across Cambridge.

Peterborough Women’s Aid

Providing dedicated and specialist services to women and children affected by domestic violence in Peterborough.

We Stand

National charity that offers support for non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They offer UK-wide online services for families across the UK that include a helpline, individual therapy for parents, legal services, training for parents, carers and professional.

Centre 33

Free and confidential support for those aged under 26.


Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have experience of mental health difficulties in their lives. They offer a wide range of free mental health services to help and support people in their wellbeing and recovery.

Choices Counselling

Confidential counselling service in Cambridge and surrounding areas for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.


Embrace offers counselling for any child between 12 and 18 years who has been the victim of or a witness to a serious crime.

Survivors UK

Nationwide support specifically for male survivors of sexual violence.


A sexual health charity based in Cambridge, offering support services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Kite Trust

Supporting LGBTQIA+ young people and their families across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and surrounding areas through information, support and groups.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

NAPAC offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT)

CPFT provides the NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Talking Therapies service, which offers help to people aged 17 and over who are experiencing common mental health problems such as depressions and anxiety disorders.


The Samaritans are there for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They offer listening and support to people in times of need.

Mind – Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire

CPSL Mind is a mental health charity that provides a range of strengths-based services and projects to support recovery from mental health problems and promote positive mental health. As a local Mind, they support people across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire, offering crisis support and community-based wellbeing and peer support.