Rape Crisis


Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence.


Rape Crisis England & Wales is the national umbrella body for our network of autonomous member Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales and was set up to support their specialist work. We also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence in the wider community and with local, regional and national government.


We currently have 44 member Rape Crisis Centres, providing services in 55 locations across England and Wales.


The first Rape Crisis centre opened in 1973. Since then, Rape Crisis Centres have been providing frontline specialist, independent and confidential services for women and girls of all ages who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.


Rape Crisis Centres are women-led and offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in women-only safe space. Some also provide separate space and services for male sexual violence survivors and/or for men who are supporting a survivor. Find details of your nearest Rape Crisis Centre and the services it offers by clicking here or on the orange button to the right of this page.


Rape Crisis England & Wales is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Find out how you can support our work here.