GRACE Northumberland

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GRACE (Northumberland Rape Crisis)

Grace is part of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. It supports women and girls aged 13 upwards who have experienced any kind of sexual violence at any time in their lives. Their services are for all women and girls; this includes those who identify as Lesbian, Bi, Trans and/or Queer and black and minority ethnic women and girls.  Also, refugees and those seeking asylum, and disabled women and girls as well as those with additional learning needs.

There are many forms of sexual violence including: rape, sexual assault, online sexual abuse, sending sexual images without consent, stalking, partner and stranger sexual abuse. Grace supports women and girls whether the abuse they experienced was recent or historic.

What is on offer:

  • Counselling; from women counsellors who are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. There are a number of confidential outreach bases across Northumberland where counselling takes place.
  • Practical and emotional support; specialising in supporting women and girls to navigate the criminal justice process and also offering support with housing, finances, employment, education, health, or just having someone to talk to who can provide reassurance and encouragement.

Telephone: 0191 222 0272 (general enquiries and referrals)

Helpline & Email Support: 0800 035 2794 or (Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 6pm – 8:30pm and Fri 11am – 2pm)

Visit the GRACE website


Find more support for domestic abuse and sexual violence at our Find Services page.

Support groups from Rape Crisis

Support Groups from Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) is running three support groups in autumn 2019.

The groups are open to women aged 16+ who live, work or study in Tyneside and Northumberland and have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Digital Me                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday 5.30pm – 7.30pm, 3 October to 21 November 2019

RCTN & Digital Voice are running a digital empowerment group starting in October. This group will allow you to improve digital skills and help you to create anonymous messages for other women about your journey and the support you have accessed. Over eight weeks participants will complete a digital story, using photography and script writing/recording to explore, identity, life stories and messages.


Eight-week Support Group

Wednesday 5.30pm – 8.30pm, 16 October to 4 December 2019

This group offers you the opportunity to meet other women who have experienced sexual violence in a safe, supportive space so that you can:

  • Explore how society’s attitudes towards sexual violence have affected you
  • Learn and practise positive coping strategies
  • Identify and develop positive future goals and steps towards these
  • Increase your peer support network


Mindfulness Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      November to December 2019 (two hour weekly sessions, day and time tbc)

RCTN and Mindful Therapies have developed a specialist mindfulness course for women survivors of sexual violence.  If you would like to learn and practice mindfulness in a safe, trauma-sensitive, women-only space, this six week course may be for you.

For further information about groups or to join a group please call 0191 2220272 during office hours or email: A group worker will contact each woman who gets in touch and invite her to a one-to-one meeting. This is so women can decide whether the group is the right service for them before joining.