The Meadows (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

Durham SARC website is

The contact number is 03302230099

The Meadows supports women, men and children who have experienced recent sexual violence, providing the medical and forensic examinations which could provide evidence if a survivor chose to make a police report. Using the SARC services does not mean that you have to report, and any evidence collected can be held while you make your decision, so that you don’t have to do so straight away.

Rape Crisis England & Wales – Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line and Live Chat Helpline

The Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) telephone support line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year: Call free on 0808 500 2222 

The Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) Live Chat Helpline offers a text-based service for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. The Live Chat Helpline operators are there are there to listen and offer you emotional support for up to 45 minutes. You can talk about what happened to you, how you feel, and any difficulties you are facing. Visit the website to start a free online chat

Bishop Auckland Refuge

Wear Valley Women’s Aid  01388 600094

Crisis Team (Suicide ideation/self-harm thoughts)

Contact:  Crisis Team – 0800 051 6171 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

Harbour Support Services for Domestic Violence 0300 020 2525  Email:


Offers confidential support and practical advice for those having suicidal thoughts or for someone concerned about a young person who might be:  Call 0800 068 4141 Text: 07860 039 967 or Email:

Darlington Refuge

Family Help 01325 364486      Email:

Durham refuge

Stone Meadow House 0191 386 5951


Infoline: 0300 123 3393

National Domestic Abuse Freephone Helpline (24 hours)

0808 2000 247


Call 116 123 for free

Mind as a mental health link?

SHOUT – Free, 24/7 mental health text support

Text ‘SHOUT’ to: 85258

Survivors UK

For boys (over 13 years of age), men and non-binary survivors of sexual abuse. There national online helpline is:


For male survivors of domestic violence, Mankind offer information and a helpline on their website:


Support LGBT+. The helpline is available Monday – Thursday 10am – 8:30pm, and Friday 10am – 4:30pm. Contact the Helpline by phone (0800 999 5428) or via email