What support can I get?

The Rowan Centre

The Rowan centre can give you support whether you report the crime to the police or not.

The Rowan centre can:

  • Support you to get the right medical treatment
  • Support you to talk to the police
  • Refer you for counselling or other types of support

No matter when the abuse happened to you, you can contact the Rowan Centre. Even if the abuse happened years ago, they can still offer you support.

They have a free helpline.

You can phone them on: 0800 389 4424

What support can I get?

24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Helpline

You can phone the 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Helpline any time if you want to talk to someone about what happened. The person on the phone is trained to offer advice and support.

You can phone them on: 0808 802 1414

What support can I get?

Victim Support NI

Victim Support NI can give you support whether you report the crime to the police or not. If you do decide to report the crime, victim support can help you understand the police process.

They can support you if you:

  • Want to talk to someone
  • Need information
  • Are going to court

What support can I get?

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate

If you decide to speak to the police an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) can help you through the process.

ISVAs can:

What support can I get?

Provide you with information on the criminal justice process and what you can expect if you report to the police.

Give you information on health services and attend appointments with you if you wish

Help you to think about your safety and what can be done to improve your safety.

Listen to your experiences and give you emotional support

Registered Intermediary

If you decide to speak to the police, a registered intermediary will meet you and find out how you like to communicate.

They will be there with you when you talk to the police. They can help you understand questions. They can help explain your answers to the police.

Other Support

For more information on support for people who have experienced sexual abuse please see Section 8 - Further Information

If you would like any more information, please get in touch with the officer in charge of your case or the Public Prosecution Service. There are also other organisations that are there to help you. You can contact them whether or not you decide to report a crime to the police. They can give you free, confidential support.

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