We know how difficult it can be to make the first contact. There is a number of ways in which you can report or access support and the services below are sensitive to what you may be going through so please get in touch.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, there is help and support for you. There are organisations that can help you recover from any physical and emotional effects of the assault.

The Rowan

You will be able to access full range of services at the The Rowan which include:

  • Immediate support
  • Forensic medical examination
  • Access to emergency contraception
  • Sexual health screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Referral on to specialist counselling services
  • Referral on to Victim Support NI for information and to provide support through the court process, where applicable.

A 24 hour advice and information line is available

The Rowan 24 hour Freephone Helpline  Phone 0800 389 4424

You can access our services either via the Police or you can contact the The Rowan directly. You can also be referred to The Rowan services through another agency as long they have your consent.

If you are an adult you can use our services without making a report to the Police or we can support you if and when you do want to speak to the Police.

Contacting the Police

To contact the policephone 101

However, if you need to escape a dangerous situation or have sustained serious injuries that require immediate medical attention, dial 999.

For more information about what the police will do when you contact them, read our criminal justice matters section.

Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline

The 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline is available 24 hours, seven days a week for anyone who is experiencing domestic and or sexual violence.

It is open to all women and men affected by domestic violence and sexual violence.

Phone 0808 802 1414 – free from all landlines and mobiles

Other organisations that can help you:

Nexus NI

Nexus NI works across Northern Ireland to respond to the needs of people aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual abuse and may benefit from specialist counselling for survivors of sexual abuse/ violence.

To request an appointment or for further information, call:

  • Belfast: (028) 9032 6803
  • L’Derry: (028) 7126 0566
  • Enniskillen: (028) 6632 0046

Women’s Aid Federation NI

Women’s Aid provides advice, support and safe accommodation for women (and their children) who have been abused mentally, physically and/ or sexually by their partner/ ex-partner.

Mens Advisory Project  

MAP NI provides  counselling services for men experiencing domestic abuse.

The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project provides Northern Ireland’s only co-cultural gay affirmative counselling service for gay and bisexual men.

The Rainbow Project
Belfast LGBT Centre
1st Floor
9-13 Waring Street

Belfast office: (028) 9031 9030
Derry office: (028) 7128 3030 

Victim Support Northern Ireland

Victim Support provides practical and emotional support for all victims of crime at local offices across Northern Ireland.

Victim Support Northern Ireland
Central office
Annsgate House
3rd Floor
70/74 Ann Street
Belfast BT1 4EH

Tel: (028) 9024 4039

Health matters

Genitourinary Clinics (GUM clinics), also known as Sexual Health Clinics) offer free and confidential services for anyone, of any age, who has been raped or sexually assaulted. This includes support, testing and advice. Staff are sensitive and experienced in working with men and women.

Genitourinary Clinics

Belfast Trust area
Level 3 Outpatients Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Falls Road, Belfast
Telephone numbers (028) 9063 6477 or (028) 9063 6483

Northern Trust area
Outpatients Dept. 2 Causeway Hospital 4 Newbridge Road Coleraine BT52 1HS
Contact: 028 7034 6028


South Eastern Trust area
Outpatients Dept Downe Hospital 2 Struell Wells Road Downpatrick Co.Down BT30 6RL
Contact: 028 4483 8133


Southern Trust area
Portadown Health and Care Centre Tavanagh Avenue Portadown County Armagh BT62 3BE
Contact: 028 3833 4400

John Mitchel Place Hill Street Newry County Down BT34 2BU
Contact: 028 3083 4215


Western Trust area
Tyrone County Hospital Hospital Road Omagh Co Tyrone BT79 0AP
Contact: 028 7161 1269

Anderson House Altnagelvin Area Hospital site Glenshane Road Londonderry BT47 6SB
Contact: 028 7161 1269

See also for clinics across Northern Ireland.



Phone 0808 808 8000

Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and give you the help and support you need, in confidence. Staff are experienced in dealing with issues such as suicide prevention, self harm, abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety.

You’ll get immediate help over the phone. An appointment can be arranged for face–to–face counselling in your local area between 5 -10 days. You may also decide to choose telephone counselling.


Call 116 123 from any phone

Samaritans provides 24 hour emotional support to anyone struggling to cope.

Handbook for victims

The NI Direct Government services website provides useful contacts as well as a link to a handbook for victims of rape or sexual assault. The handbook provides practical information for women and men (over 18) and to family, friends, and support organisations.

Handbook for victims of rape or sexual assault


National Child Protection Helpline

Stop It Now!  UK and Ireland is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline

Phone 0808 100 0900 (24 hour helpline)

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

33 Vauxhall Bridge Road
London SW1V 2WG

Tel: 0870 000 3344

Common Youth (Previously known as Brook NI)  a safe, knowledgeable and accepting environment for young people to talk and to access sexual health services.

All  clinics are for 19 and under, however, our STI clinics are open to everyone up to 24 years old.

Common Youth offer:

  • Contraception
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Testing for Infections
  • Counselling

NI Commissioner for Children & Young People

Millennium House
17-25 Great Victoria Street

Phone 028 9031 1616

Parents Advice Centre

Help and support to families facing any difficulty

Tel: (028) 9023 8800

Children’s Law Centre

Advice about law and policy affecting children and young people in Northern Ireland

Tel: (028) 9024 5704

Health and social care trusts

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust 

Tel: (028) 9020 4550

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

028 9048 4511 (Ulster Hospital switchboard)
028 9266 5141 (Lagan Valley Hospital switchboard)
028 4461 3311 (Downe Hospitals switchboard)

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

028 9442 4000 (Antrim Area Hospital switchboard)
028 7032 7032 (Causeway Hospital switchboard)

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

Tel: (028) 3833 4444 (Craigavon Area Hospital switchboard)

Western Health and Social Care Trust

Tel: (028) 7134 5171 (Altnagevlin Area Hospital switchboard)
Tel: (028) 6638 2000 (South West Acute Hospital switchboard)
Tel: 028 8283 3100 (Tyrone County Hospital switchboard) 

Regional Emergency Social Work Service

For those who need access to an emergency social work service between 5 pm – 9 am, weekends and bank holidays call 028 95049999.

Download Regional Emergency Social Work service leaflet 

Regional Suicide Prevention Helpline

Tel: 0808 808 8000