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Resources and guided self-help

Further reading and resources to help people heal, following the trauma of sexual violence or abuse.

We are always aiming to open up the conversation about sexual assault and sexual abuse, and to reach as many people as we can who might need our support.

Our team of specialists and trained counsellors have brought together a bank of resources and articles to help people understand more about the trauma of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

If you are waiting for your course of therapy to begin, some people find it helpful to access self-help guides in the meantime. Or; if you would like to carry out some reading to better understand what a friend or a relative might be going through, we hope these resources, guides and articles are useful.

All advice, articles and guides have been sourced and checked by the Sue Lambert Trust team, and are from trusted organisations.

We have also added in this section other charities and places that offer support.

“My counselling finished last year and I wanted time to reflect before giving any feedback. Sure there are times when I am still haunted by bad dreams and bouts of anger at my abusers. Overall I have been able to, for the first time, feel free of the past and to look forward to what remains of my life and not hate myself in the way I did before [the support I received] at Sue Lambert Trust. It's not overstating that without the counselling I would not be alive to tell my story, thank you.”

Survivors Guide Male

This guide has been developed to support men in particular. It covers many of the issues that our male clients frequently experience.

Survivors Guide Male PDF

Survivors Guide Female

This guide has been developed to support women in particular. It covers many of the issues that our female clients frequently experience.

Survivors Guide Female PDF

Information and Self-Help Guides

Finding a therapist

This guide gives advice on finding a therapist to support you, should you wish to find your own privately.

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Getting back on track

This document gives a brief overview of getting back on track after experiencing reactions following any abuse.

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How do people react to sexual assult

This guide will explain all of the natural reactions you may have following sexual assault.

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Managing flashbacks

This managing flashbacks document will support you to understand what flashbacks are, why they happen and the cycle for going through a flashback.

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Regulation

This regulation document will support you when you are getting stressed or over anxious to support reduce your adrenaline level and to provide clearer thinking.

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What should not happen in therapy

This guide sets out what should not happen during a therapy session as guidance and support for you during your therapy sessions.

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Do you feel ready to talk?

If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse in your past, and would like to speak to us about our support services, please get in touch.

All conversations are treated confidentially.

Our team are kind, patient, caring and will listen without judgement.

For urgent mental health support, call NHS 111 option 2.

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Local Sexual Abuse Support Organisations (clicking More Information will open a new tab)

Fresh Start New Beginnings

Fresh Start new beginnings work through Suffolk and Norfolk and was set up to provide a therapeutic service for children and young people up to 18 years who have reported being sexually abused and to offer support for their families. Their aim is to help children and young people make sense of the confusion they feel and to teach them coping strategies to deal with the difficulties they face. We highlight their strengths and potential so that they are able to move from victim to survivor.

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Harbour Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre SARC)

The Harbour Centre Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) offers free support and practical help to all people who have been raped or sexually assaulted either recently or in the past. The Harbour Centre is offers a fully accessible building along with disabled parking and their services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

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Restitute

Restitute support the people who care for survivors of sexual or violent crime; the 3rd party victims of crime. They are parents, carers, children, close friends and partners who step in to care when the worst happens, often for decades. They aim to increase the emotional well being of those they support to enhance their ability to provide care and support for their loved one.

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Rowan Project

Alongside Daisy Programme’s work with Domestic Abuse they are now offering specialist counselling support for women, men and those identifying as male or female, young people (boys and girls) aged 16 years and over who have been victims of sexual abuse/violence/rape and/or current/historic child sexual abuse living in Breckland, Norfolk.

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The Lotus Programme

The lotus programme covering Kings Lynn is a programme designed for survivors of sexual violence. It is holistic in nature meaning that it draws from a variety of support including counselling, group work, psychoeducation and creative arts group.

The programme is centred around a belief that you decide how you want your support to look to aid your recovery. They offer 12 weeks (which can be extended to 24 weeks) one to one counselling appointments through face to face, telephone or by video via a zoom link.

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Local Domestic Abuse Support Organisations (clicking More Information will open a new tab)

Dawn's New Horizon

Provides help and support services to men and women who have experienced domestic abuse in the Broadland District area of Norwich, over the phone or face to face.

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Leeway

Provides support to adults, young people and children who are experiencing domestic abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk. They operate eight safe houses and people experiencing domestic abuse and their children are welcome to stay as long as necessary to secure a future free from a dangerous partner.

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NIDAS - domestic abuse support in Norfolk

NIDAS is a service that aims to be with you every step of the way. No matter where you are in Norfolk, NIDAS is there to help you. Their aim is to listen to you, to guide and be by your side. Their services will support you, your needs, your journey – your freedom.

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Pandora Project

Offers advice, support and information to women and children affected by domestic abuse. They offer a confidential and non-judgemental service for women
living in West Norfolk and North Norfolk.

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Local Mental Health Organisations (clicking More Information will open a new tab)

Norfolk and Waveney Mind

Norfolk and Waveney Mind, the mental health charity believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone.

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REST Norwich

Rest is a partnership project that brings together mental health support, local services and a place where everyone can feel welcome.

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Local Sexual Health Support (clicking More Information will open a new tab)

iCaSH

If you're looking for contraception, treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV care and treatment or related advice in Norfolk, iCaSH can help.

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MAP

Support for young people finding their way including relationships, sex and sexual health.

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National Support Organisations and Helplines (clicking More Information will open a new tab)

Galop

Supporting LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence.

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Karma Nirvana

Working to end Honour Based Abuse in the UK.

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Mens Advice Line

The Men's Advice Line is for male victims of domestic abuse. We offer confidential advice, non-judgmental support, practical information and help.

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NAPAC

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) provide a free support line for any adult survivor of any form of child abuse.

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Rape Crisis England and Wales

Charity working to end sexual violence and abuse in England and Wales. They also provide support and information and telephone and webchat to people of all genders seeking support.

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Samaritans

The Samaritans provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feeling of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts 24 hours a day.

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Survivors Trust

National Umbrella Organisation for Specialist Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services.

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Survivors UK

National helpline and webchat for men, boys or non binary persons who has ever experienced unwanted sexual activity.

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