Practical & Emotional Support

We believe that you should decide what the right kind of support is for you.

Our Practical & Emotional Support Service can offer a combination of:

Practical: We are sexual violence specialists but can help you to access the right support relating to housing, finance, work, education, health etc.

Emotional: Offering you non-therapeutic emotional support by providing a safe space for you to have someone to talk to, provide reassurance and encouragement.  Our Practical & Emotional Support Service is not counselling.  We do have a Counselling service, more information about that is here: Counselling

Advocacy: Supporting you to access other organisations and speaking on your behalf if you want us to. This could include supporting you to report to the police, attend court and apply for compensation.

ISVA support (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser): If you decide to report to the police or are currently involved in criminal justice procedures we can act as your ISVA. In these cases it is important that you do not tell us about the incident that you are reporting as this could jeopardise your case (the defence may argue that the evidence has been ‘contaminated’).

Our Practical & Emotional Support Service is flexible and responsive to your needs.  We can usually meet with you face to face but at the minute that is not possible because of Covid-19.  We are still delivering the service over the telephone, text and email.  We can use whatever type of communication is best for you.

There may be some things that are not appropriate for us to advise you on (e.g. legal advice) in which case we will support you to access the most appropriate service.

Accessing Practical & Emotional Support

You can refer yourself into our services, or someone else can refer you with your permission.

 Contact us to refer yourself or click here to use our online referral form. 


If have any questions check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or you are welcome to contact us.

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is not a crisis service.  If you find yourself in crisis you should contact the appropriate service, for example your GP or 999 if it’s an emergency.