Supporting recovery from childhood abuse

The damage caused by child abuse doesn’t always end in childhood. We offer support to adult survivors and training for those who support them. We run support groups when there is funding to do so.

For survivors, friends and family - find out what we do

We are here for you

Support line 0808 801 0331

We’re taking calls from 10am – 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 2pm – 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

We are a very small team and it can be difficult to get through. Please try at different times rather than re-dialling repeatedly as our team dedicate time to finish each call.

We offer 30 minutes of supportive listening with signposting if that is relevant to your needs, but we cannot offer on-going support or counselling.

We also offer support by email 

There  is currently a longer wait than usual but we do reply to all emails. Please call our support line if you need to talk to someone soon, and try at different times if you have difficulty getting through.

Stress can trigger a flashback. Listen to our grounding tips for flashbacks NAPAC's flashbacks and grounding tips

Read our popular series of six booklets for survivors or listen to them in audio. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) service update

Everyone feels anxious when there is a lot of uncertainty. If you suffered abuse in childhood you might be finding things especially difficult while coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Read our blog post to find out what you can do to feel more safe. Feeling safe during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

For survivors

Abuse happens in many different ways, but behind every type of abuse is a misuse of power and control. You can start to repair the damage and reclaim your life.

For professionals

Adult survivors of child abuse often don’t receive the support they need, because professionals don’t understand childhood trauma and its impacts in later life.

For supporters

Many survivors fear telling people about the abuse they suffered because they worry that they won’t be believed or that listeners can’t bear to hear about it.


Around one in five adults experienced some form of abuse in childhood. Childhood trauma can have lasting impacts, but the right support can transform lives.

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Related links

1. Survivors?

4. You are not alone

2. Was it really abuse?

5. Untangling the web of confusion

3. It wasn't your fault

6. Healing at your pace