If you need urgent Mental Health support please follow the advice provided by our wellbeing team.
If you are in Leicestershire and have experienced a sexual assault or rape within the last 7 days please call Juniper Lodge for advice on 0116 273 3330 as soon as you are able to. If you are not in Leicestershire, you can find details of a local Sexual Assault referral centre near to your home via the NHS website.
24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line
The The 24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If something sexual happened to you without consent, you can talk to an adviser via webchat, or by calling 0808 500 2222.
Outside of DMU, Freeva offer residents of Leicestershire a helpline from 8-8 Monday to Sunday on 0808 80 200 28 and can advise regarding any aspect of recent or historic sexual violence, domestic violence or ‘honour’ abuse. Freeva can refer you to local specialist services tailored to your situation, including domestic violence support and refuge.
ANI Codeword scheme
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services. More information can be found on the gov.uk website.
VAWG: Violence Against Women and Girls
Violence against women and girls is never acceptable and no- one should live in fear of abuse. Find out more about doing your bit to keep women and girls safe as part of the Enough is Enough campaign. This website links to support options you can access if you experience an issue and practical steps we can all take to keep women and girls safe.
Qwell offers free, confidential, anonymous counselling support online to anyone aged 18 plus affected by sexual or domestic violence. Online counselling from a professional BACP qualified team is available via 1-1 text based chat sessions on a drop in basis or via booked sessions. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year including Christmas.
No referral is required. Qwell support is available now by visiting www.qwell.io. Select Leicestershire Victims First from the drop down menu to register.