Support

The Review recognises that providing information, particularly personal experiences, may be stressful for some. Details of a number of support agencies that can provide support and assistance are set out below:

Woman’s Aid NI

Woman’s Aid NI is the lead voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland addressing domestic and sexual violence, providing services for women and children. Women’s Aid is made up of Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland and nine local Women’s Aid Groups, and each Group offers a range of specialist services to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and women who have been sexually abused. Services include:

If you are being abused physically, sexually, financially or emotionally support is available in many forms. You can contact the 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline – 0808 802 1414. The helpline is open 24 hours per day, and is open to anyone affected by domestic or sexual violence, regardless of gender, age, sexuality, disability or ethnicity. The helpline can be a first point of contact if you are being abused, or have been abused in the past. Initial support will be offered, and your available options explained to you. You do not have to give your details to avail of this support. https://www.womensaidni.org/get-help/domestic-sexual-violence-helpline

Nexus NI

Telephone 028 9032 6803 or info@nexusni.org, with offices in Belfast, L/Derry & Enniskillen and 35 outreach sites is Northern Irelands lead agency providing services and support for victims of sexual violence. Services are offered to all victims regardless of gender, background etc and are available to those aged 8 and above. Services include specialist counselling which is delivered free of charge. http://nexusni.org/

Men’s Advisory Project (MAP)

MAP is the lead agency providing specialist support regionally to male victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Confidential counselling, referral information and support is available to men in 8 locations across NI. Please call Belfast 028 9024 1929 or Foyle 028 71160001 during office hours or access the 24hr Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline for 24/7 support. www.mapni.co.uk

The Rowan, Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Northern Ireland

The Rowan (Tel. 0800 3894424) is a specialist regional centre which provides a range of forensic and support services 24/7 for those children and adults affected by sexual crime. You can contact a Rowan nurse on 0800 3894424 to discuss how the team might be able to help or support you. For more information about the services The Rowan offers please see their website www.therowan.net

Victim Support NI

Telephone 028 9024 3133 or 028 7137 0086; info@victimsupportni.org.uk  Victim Support NI offers support to all victims and witnesses of crime, whether or not the crime has been reported to the police, and regardless of how long ago it happened. They have specially trained staff who support victims of sexual violence, and can also help with claims for criminal injuries compensation if you have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of crime.

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself, you can get support from the following helplines, which are confidential, and open 24 hours per day:

Lifeline

Telephone 0800 808 8000. Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles.

Samaritans

Belfast branch telephone 028 9066 4422; Omagh branch telephone 028 8224 4944, or the UK-wide number 116 123 (which is free to call), or email: jo@samaritans.org

The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project provides Northern Ireland’s only co-cultural gay affirmative counselling service for gay and bisexual men.

The Rainbow Project
Belfast LGBT Centre
1st Floor
9-13 Waring Street
Belfast
BT1 2DX

Belfast office: (028) 9031 9030
Derry office: (028) 7128 3030

info@rainbow-project.org
www.rainbow-project.org

Health matters

Genitourinary Clinics (GUM clinics), also known as Sexual Health Clinics) offer free and confidential services for anyone, of any age, who has been raped or sexually assaulted. This includes support, testing and advice. Staff are sensitive and experienced in working with men and women.

Genitourinary Clinics

Belfast Trust area

Level 3 Outpatients Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital, Falls Road, Belfast
Telephone numbers (028) 9063 6477 or (028) 9063 6483 http://www.belfasttrust.hscni.net

Northern Trust area

Outpatients Dept. 2 Causeway Hospital 4 Newbridge Road Coleraine BT52 1HS
Contact: 028 7034 6028 http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net/

South Eastern Trust area

Outpatients Dept Downe Hospital 2 Struell Wells Road Downpatrick Co.Down BT30 6RL
Contact: 028 4483 8133 http://www.setrust.hscni.net

Southern Trust area

Portadown Health and Care Centre Tavanagh Avenue Portadown County Armagh BT62 3BE
Contact: 028 3833 4400 gum@southerntrust.hscni.net www.southerntrust.hscni.net

John Mitchel Place Hill Street Newry County Down BT34 2BU
Contact: 028 3083 4215 gum@southerntrust.hscni.net www.southerntrust.hscni.net

Western Trust area

Tyrone County Hospital Hospital Road Omagh Co Tyrone BT79 0AP
Contact: 028 7161 1269 http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/

Anderson House Altnagelvin Area Hospital site Glenshane Road Londonderry BT47 6SB
Contact: 028 7161 1269 http://www.westerntrust.hscni.net/

See also http://servicefinder.hscni.net for clinics across Northern Ireland.

Inspire Workplace services

In addition to the above specific services public servants and people who’s employers have in place an employee assistance programme can access support through Inspire Workplace services, which includes:

A Helpline that provides 24/7 access to professional counsellors. If you need support beyond the phone call, with further discussion of your concern, more in-depth support can be provided with a designated counsellor.

Counselling

This will be on a one-to-one basis with a qualified counsellor, at a time and date to suit you, and may be a face-to-face by Skype or over the phone. Inspire counselling is given in a supportive, caring and non-judgemental way. Your counsellor will support you to cope with whatever issues are causing you distress and disrupting your life. All services are confidential.

To contact Inspire Workplace please call 0800 389 5362, or visit their website at https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/workplaces

If you have been a recent victim of rape or a sexual assault, you can contact any of the above organisations for support. More information on the specialist support available to victims of sexual violence is available at http://www.victimsupportni.com/the-victims-journey/crime-happens/get-support/

If you, or someone you know, have been the victim of any sexual, physical violence or abuse, whether recently or in the past, or if you are the parent of a child that this has happened to, please report the matter directly to the PSNI by calling 101, which is the non-emergency number. In an emergency situation, you should use the police emergency number 999. Specially trained officers will be available to help. If you are unsure about doing so, some of the agencies listed above can explain the process and may be able to advocate on your behalf to report the crime.

The Law Society

The Law Society of Northern Ireland is the representative body for the solicitors' profession in Northern Ireland with the aim of protecting the public. Under the Solicitors (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Law Society acts as the regulatory authority governing the education, accounts, discipline and professional conduct of solicitors in order to maintain the independence, ethical standards, professional competence and quality of services offered to the public.

The Society operates through an elected Council of 30 members, all practising solicitors, who serve on a voluntary basis. The Council is guided by the Presidential and Chief Executive Team which consists of the President, Senior Vice President, Junior President and Chief Executive.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland engages in the process of policy and law reform to ensure adequate regard is given to the interests of the profession and to the public interest. Given the unique role played by solicitors, the Society considers itself uniquely placed to inform policy and law reform discourse relating to justice issues.

As it contributes to policy and law reform discourse, the Society endeavours to ensure adequate regard is given to human rights and equality considerations and to the need to ensure justice is accessible for those who seek it. Where the Society identifies a matter of public interest which presents a case for reform it will raise awareness of this within Government and advocate for reform.

The Law Society can be contacted in the following Ways:

Telephone: 028 9023 1614
Fax: 028 9023 2606
Email: enquiry@lawsoc-ni.org

Address:

The Law Society of Northern Ireland
96 Victoria Street
Belfast,
County Antrim,
BT1 3GN