Resources and links

ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers)

A non profit-making company set up for the benefit of lawyers and other professionals working with people who have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused in childhood as well as people with learning disabilities. They are experienced in working with survivors of abuse including extreme, organised abuse, who are dissociative.

Childline

Childline provides free, confidential advice over the phone or online for anyone under the age of 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.  Advice is available at any time.

CISTERS (Childhood Incest Survivors)

Providing emotional support for adult women (age 18+) who report being raped and/or sexually abused as female children by a member of their immediate or extended family.

European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD)

The ESTD was established to promote an increase in the knowledge of trauma, dissociation and all disorders related to chronic traumatisation. It provides professional and public education and supports communication and cooperation among clinicians and other professionals in the field of dissociation and trauma.  The ESTD stimulates national and international research projects and provides knowledge and education specifically to those countries in Europe who do not have easy access in this field.

First Person Plural (FPP)

FPP are a UK organisation led by people who have first hand experience of dissociative disorders. They offer support and information to people with dissociative disorders, their friends, family and professional allies. They also offer excellent training, both independently and alongside the ESTD (European Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation), to increase recognition of dissociative disorders within health and social care, as well as within the wider community. They produce a quarterly newsletter, offer a members’ contact list and regular support groups.

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

The ISSTD is an international, non-profit, professional association, which seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.  Education is one of the ISSTD’s primary goals, which is achieved through training programmes, conferences and the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. To facilitate the education and training of graduate students, the David Caul Graduate Research Grants were established in memory of David Caul, an esteemed and devoted mentor.

Mind

Mental health charity, providing information and support across a huge range of mental health conditions, including abuse support and a guide to mental health crisis services.

Mosac

A London-based service supporting non-abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children, offering a telephone helpline and advice.

Mosaic Minds

Mosaic Minds, Inc. is a primarily internet based organization founded in 1999 by a group of dissociative survivors of childhood trauma and their loved ones.

NAPAC 

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. If you’re an adult who wants to talk about what you suffered in childhood, you can call their support line. NAPAC’s series of six booklets for survivors and those who support them are free to download and are also in audio format on their resources page. They have some advice and perspectives about the things they are most frequently asked on their support line.

The Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre

An independent, private, non-NHS-based, psychological therapy service, which has been in existence since 1998. It offers specialist assessment and therapy for stress- and trauma-related problems such as caused by various forms of childhood sexual, emotional or physical abuse and ruptures of secure attachment.  The service also offers psychological Expert Witness work for cases of Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Family Law and offers a psychological mail-order book service to clients and therapists. Appointments for an initial assessment can be made directly with the service and do not require a GP referral.

PODS

PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) works to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting. It works with survivors, partners, supporters and professionals. PODS provides information and awareness training days/workshops to inform and educate about the reality of living with and recovering from dissociation, trauma and sexual abuse, suitable both for dissociative survivors, their supporters and professionals such as counsellors and psychotherapists. They also provide opportunities for survivors, partners and supporters to meet together and provide mutual support

The Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma

The Pottergate Centre offers a wide range of services to professionals, to clients who may have a dissociative disorder, such as a Dissociative Identity Disoerder (D.I.D.) and to the public at large. The Centre offers full diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, consultancy, training and research. This can be accessed without a GP referral. Remy Aquarone, the Centre Director, is UKCP and BCP registered.

RAINS (Ritual Abuse Information and Network Support)

For professionals and carers who support survivors.

Rape crisis

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the umbrella body for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres. Through their website you can find a Crisis Centre to get help, and you can also access a lot of guidance if you’re not sure where to start, or on the consequences and experiences you have as a result of what happened.

Samaritans

Confidential, around the clock helpline, available to anyone going through tough times themselves or concerned about someone else.  The Samaritans can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.

S.M.A.R.T

An online ritual abuse newsletter source founded by Neil Brick.

Survive

Website for survivors of rape and child abuse.

Survivors UK

Support, challenge, build. SurvivorsUK know male sexual abuse has profound effects on those who experience it and can deeply affect their mental health and relationships. And they are here to help sexually abused men as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened, and challenge the silence and attitudes.

The Survivor’s Trust

The Survivors Trust (TST) is a national umbrella agency for over 135 specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.

Women and Girls network

Women and Girls Network (WGN) is a free, women-only service that supports women in London who have experienced violence, or are at risk of violence. They offer counselling, advocacy and advice for women and girls who have experienced gendered violence, including sexual and domestic violence. Their overall aim is to promote, preserve and restore the mental health and well-being of women and girls, to empower them to make a total and sustainable recovery from their experiences of violence.