North London Rape Crisis
The Rape Crisis service at Solace is a free service and supports women and girls over the age of 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. Whether this was in childhood, 5 years ago or yesterday.
We understand sexual violence to include Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Prostitution, Female Genital Mutilation, sexual harassment, sexual bullying and sexual abuse within partnerships.
We will support you to live free from sexual violence and make the choices that are right for you and help you to recover from what you’ve experienced.
The North London Rape Crisis Helpline is a free, anonymous service available to women and girls aged 13+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time: recent or non-recent. We offer a safe and non-judgmental space for women, whether you are already receiving support, awaiting counselling, or speaking out for the first time.
The helpline is here to provide specialist emotional support and confidential information about options and services available. We’re not here to tell you what to do. We’re here to give you the information and support to choose what’s right for you.
We also provide support and advice for the friends and family of survivors, as well as professionals working alongside them.
One to one counselling
Our Rape Crisis Counsellors work from a person centered and feminist perspective. This means that the focus is on supporting you where you are at and valuing you as an expert in your own life.
We offer short term counselling for women who are going to court (as recommended by the Crown Prosecution Service)
We can offer longer term counselling for women who are not going through the Criminal Justice process or who have already been through that process. The amount of sessions will be decided by you and your counsellor.
Counsellors are here to help you heal by allowing you a space to discuss your feelings and thoughts, or offer other therapeutic tools you may find useful. Therapists do not give advice, only support and a non-judgemental ear.
For women going through the Criminal Justice Process we can offer 8 sessions of Body Therapies via our Camden Partner Women and Health. This includes complementary therapies such as massage, reiki and shiatsu. Please note we have only a limited number of places each year and where available we will offer you.
Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVA) support women though the Criminal Justice Process. They can support you if you are considering whether to report to the Police all the way through to supporting you at court.
If you choose to report your case to the police, advocates can help you along your legal journey through advice, information, liaising with the organizations that will be involved, and pre and posttrail support.
Reporting sexual violence is a very personal choice. It is important to note that the advocates will never expect you to report, or judge you if you choose not to.
Our ISVA’s can also support you with referrals and signposting to sexual health services and other services which you may request.
Friends & family counselling
We now offer free short-term Counselling for family, friends & partners of female survivors of sexual violence. Many supporters struggle with distressing feelings of upset, shock, grief, feel overwhelmed or have intimacy issues. Counselling can support supporters work through their thoughts and feelings about what has happened to a person that they care about.
The supporter must live, work or study in one of our seven boroughs including Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
We offer 6 sessions of short-term therapy, which take place on a Friday daytime in Islington and childcare and Interpreters are available on request.
Group support and therapy
Group support and group therapy can be very healing for women who have experienced sexual violence. At North London Rape Crisis we have a number of groups throughout the week in the daytimes and the evenings. Our timetables change regularly so please check by calling the helpline on 0808 801 0305 (Freephone) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups which run at different times throughout the year include:
- Creative therapy and creative writing groups
- Monthly Evening Support Groups both general and for Lesbian, Bi and Trans women
- Monthly Drop-in
- Therapeutic group
- Therapy group for survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
- Yoga, meditation and movement/drama groups
All groups take place in a dedicated women – only space and are accessible after an assessment. Childcare and interpreters can be arranged where required.