Support NAPAC provides
If you were abused in any way as a child then you are not alone and what happened to you wasn't your fault; child abuse is never the child's fault.
At NAPAC, we try to provide as many resources as possible to empower survivors to take control of their healing.
Below are some of the ways that NAPAC helps support adult survivors of childhood abuse. NAPAC's support is free and confidential and all requests receive a personal reply.
Freephone Support Line
The NAPAC support line is free for anyone who calls from within the UK. Our volunteers are trained to understand the issues surrounding childhood abuse and will provide a listening ear to any adult survivor who calls. Our service is confidential but we may have to breach confidentiality if you tell us that you or someone else is in serious danger. They will also search our online database you to see if they can find any local on-going support if that is what you would like.
Calling us on 0800 085 3330 is free if you are calling from a UK Landline or from a mobile service provided by Virgin, Orange or 3. See our homepage for this week's opening times.
You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, The support team will respond to your email as quickly as possible.
You could write us a letter if you prefer. Please note that the following address is a postal address only. Don't forget to include your email or postal address if you'd like a reply from us.NAPAC
P O BOX 63632
NAPAC (kindly sponsored by AO Advocates) has produced some very useful booklets, which answers many of the common questions asked by adult survivors of childhood abuse. These are available to download for free. Click on the image of the booklet you would like to download.
Audio versions of our booklets seen above:
You can download our booklist here.
Support and Information Pack
We have compiled a support and information pack for survivors of childhood abuse. The pack contains a copy of the NAPAC booklist, legal information (on the process of reporting childhood abuse as an adult) and general support and information that we hope you'll find useful.
The whole pack (containing all three files as a zipped file) can be downloaded here or posted to you on request (contact the office to request a pack). If you require a pack to be in large print please let us know and we can send you our pack printed with a larger font size.
Find local ongoing supportYou can search our online database for organisations that are best suited to you and best meets your needs (for example, providing ongoing support which is most accessible to you) by clicking here.
Finding your voice
We hear from many survivors of all types of abuse who want to stop their abusers (and other abusers in society) from causing further harm to children. Some of our ideas of how we can all help stop abusers are included in this section.
Giving adult survivors of childhood abuse a voice is a major deterrent to abusers. If abusers know that the children they are thinking of harming today will one day grow up, find their voice and tell on them, they may not abuse.
We have found that many survivors of childhood abuse go through different stages as they heal. There may be times when you want your story to be told and there may be other times when you don't want anyone to know about what happened to you. Be gentle with yourself and allow for these different seasons.
To help you find your voice, you may like to have a look at our "Speaking Out" section of the website where survivors share their experiences and use their creativity to express how they feel in the form of poetry, music, art and other creative writings.
Some survivors have created their own websites which you may find useful to look at. For our list of survivor websites click here.
Find out how you can campaign by clicking here.
We often hear from journalists and researchers wanting to hear the stories and opinions of survivors. If you'd like to use your voice in the media (or as part of research) check out our events section here or contact the NAPAC office.
You may also like to use your voice to help us improve our services. Your feedback makes a huge difference and we appreciate any time you take to let us know your thoughts. Click here to give us your feedback.
What other survivors of abuse have said about finding their voice
I'm glad that I finally spoke to someone about what happened to me as a child. I carried the burden of abuse around with me for too many years - it took courage to talk but it was such a relief when I let it all out and found the support of others! It felt good breaking the silence!
Silence is one of the greatest allies that abusers have. I felt empowered knowing that by telling my story (even anonymously) I was able to shatter the silence and start to heal.