Information & Resources

Useful guides

Self-Help Guide

This self-help guide is for survivors of rape or sexual abuse who want to understand and process their own personal reactions to their experience. When you have suffered rape or sexual abuse it can affect how you think, how you feel, how you behave and how you see the world.

Guide for family and friends

This guide is for family and friends supporting a person of any gender or sexual orientation, who has been affected by sexual violence, recently or in the past.

What is an ISVA?

Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) offer practical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted, recently or in the past, and help you to access other available support services to address both short and long-term needs.

What is a ChISVA?

A ChISVA is someone who provides help and support to children and young people who have experienced sexual violence.

We can answer any questions that you or your family might have.

We can offer face-to-face sessions and can support you over the telephone or text if this works better for you.

ISVA Service Guide

CAPRCP offers practical information and advocacy support for survivors of sexual violence through its Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) service. The adult ISVA service works with people aged 19 and over and the Children and Young People’s ISVA (ChISVA) supports survivors aged 18 and under, and their families where appropriate.

Useful contact numbers and organisations

The Elms (SARC)

Sexual assault referral centre for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

Rape Crisis England & Wales

The national umbrella organisation for Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales.

Rape Crisis England & Wales – Live Chat Helpline

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 30 minutes. You can talk about what happened to you, how you feel, and any difficulties you are facing.

To access the service, or find out more information, including opening times, please visit the website.

Survivors UK

Nation-wide support specifically for male survivors of sexual assault.


Support for parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.

Centre 33

Free and confidential support for those aged under 26.

Choices Counselling

Confidential counselling service in Cambridge and surrounding areas for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.


Provides counselling for children and young people aged between 12 and 18.

Women’s Aid Peterborough

Provides dedicated and specialist services to women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Women’s Aid Cambridge

Provides dedicated and specialist services to women and children affected by domestic abuse.