HELPLINE - 01707 276512

Everyone reacts differently...

Rape Trauma Syndrome is a recognised crisis response to rape and sexual assault and is a term sometimes used to help explain the impact of sexual violence.

Immediately after being assaulted you may feel shock, denial, disbelief and a determination to carry on as if nothing has happened. In the longer term you may experience insomnia, nightmares or flashbacks. However, there is no right or wrong way to react to sexual violence. Each woman responds in her own way and whatever you feel is valid. If you can talk about your feelings with other women it may help you to understand your responses and start to help you regain some control over your own life.

The Rape Crisis National Helpline

0808 802 999 is open every day of the year: 12 to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm including weekends and bank holidays. (The number will not show up on bills). 
The helpline is staffed by fully trained helpline workers, and provides:

  • Emotional support for survivors of sexual violence
  • Practical information
  • Information for family, friends and partners of survivors
  • Regional and national information resources
  • Signposting to other agencies in the UK
  • Referral information from the nationwide database

Useful Links

Hertfordshire Organisations

Herts Sunflower (SARC details)

Herts Womens Centre - Stevenage

Watford Rape Crisis

St Albans & Hertsmere Women's Refuge

Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge

Victim Support

National Organisations

Rape Crisis England & Wales

Self-injury/self-harm support for women and girls

The Samaritans

Support for men who have been sexually assaulted  

Contact us:

Call our confidential helpline on: 01707 276512 
Or email at

HARCSAC, PO Box 256, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0NE

Helpline hours are:

24hr discreet answer phone available.

Thursday: 7.30pm- 9.30pm
Calls are answered by a counsellor.

Messages are returned with discretion and your confidentiality will be protected.

Herts Rape Crisis     Registered Charity No: 800325

Email:       tel:  01707 276512