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Our global resources have been created with care by survivors and experts. Available in multiple languages and formats - you can use them to spot abuse, collect evidence, stay safe, get well and connect to local services.

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Process maps for legal justice in the UK on YSM

Use these process maps to understand what will happen when reporting to the police, during the medical exam, and when pursuing legal justice in the UK. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

Creating your own timeline for reporting an assault on YSM

A guide to support survivors of sexual assault through their self reporting journey. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

How to apply for asylum in the UK on Soul Medicine

Learn about your rights and navigate through asylum procedures with or without legal representation. Powered by Soul Medicine by Chayn.

How to build your own domestic abuse case without a lawyer

A step by step guide for how to collect and present evidence of abuse.

Checklists to help navigate after assault on YSM

These checklists will help you navigate interactions with police and medical professionals. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

Deciding to report or not on YSM

Making the decision whether to report your assault or not is incredibly hard and may feel overwhelming. We talk through the different options and help you figure out what you may want to do. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

Survivors of sexual violence: your rights at a glance in the UK by Rights of Women [external resource]

This guide summarises some of your rights and what you should expect from the criminal justice system as a survivor of sexual violence in the UK.

Law and divorce in India

This guide goes through different kinds of divorce and explains how the Indian court system works.

Marital rights and abuse in Pakistan

This guide talks about forced marriages and their legal and religious standing in Pakistan.

Getting out of abusive situations in India

You deserve to feel safe, it is your right. You have realised that you are in an abusive relationship and have decided to take action, to take control. Read about your options in India.

The courage to be me by Nina Burrowes [external resource]

Comic book that tells a story of courage, self-compassion and hope after sexual abuse.

Telling someone about what happened on YSM

Deciding to tell someone what happened after an assault is a deeply personal decision and one that we should take time to think about. We talk through different options. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

The Independent: How Assault Changes your dating and sex life [external resource]

Video of personal accounts about how our sexual and date lives were changes after sexual assault.

Taking care of your body after assault on YSM

A note going through all the things one may feel after being sexually assaulted. We discuss the impacts on our mental and physical health, and how to take care of ourselves. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

Healing from sexual trauma on Bloom

Explore body image, sexual desire, the trauma response, and coping mechanisms after sexual trauma, and rebuild a sense of identity with varied recovery tools. Powered by Bloom by Chayn.

Rape culture and consent on YSM

A note on how rape culture facilitates sexual violence in our society, and effects us as survivors. Powered by Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn.

A guide for lesbian and bisexual women who have been affected by sexual violence by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation [external resource]

This Guide is for lesbian and bisexual women who have been affected by sexual violence, to help you find the support you need.

My little book of coping methods by The Peach Diaries with Roisin Ross [external resource]

This book is full of coping methods for you to try in times of need. The techniques can be used as small, everyday steps to help you heal from the abuse you experienced.

Bustle: Women tell us why they didn’t report their assault [external resource]

Video stories of women who didn't report sexual assault and their reasons.

Survivor stories: “I was raped and blamed myself. I’m not ashamed anymore” - The Guardian [external resource]

Sheeva Weil shares her story and her emotional journey of overcoming self-blame.

BBC: Taking back control after sexual abuse [external resource]

Kemi and Mojo are two women who want to take back control of their bodies through dance after their sexuality was stolen from them.

Survivor stories: Daniela's survivor story [external resource]

Daniela, an immigrant worker shares her survivor journey and how she started speaking up for other women

After: Surviving sexual assault by BBC [external resource]

A podcast by Catriona Molton where she talks to fellow survivors of sexual assault and abuse about what happened to them and how they cope now.

A self-help guide for survivors of rape and sexual assault by The Havens [external resource]

This booklet is for survivors of sexual assault. It gives you information about the common psychological and emotional reactions to sexual assault. It was written for survivors in the UK but has advice that can help everyone.

The Guardian: "I blamed myself for being sexually assaulted" [external resource]

A personal account of a sexual assault survivor overcoming self-blame.

Conversations with Carolyn Spring: Trauma is feeling unsafe [external resource]

A podcast about the most important things to focus on for survivors at the start of their journey of recovery.

Conversations with Carolyn Spring: Building skills for recovery after trauma [external resource]

A podcast about the process of building skills for managing emotions.

Sexual health and contraception in Pakistan

Busting common myths about contraception and sexual health in Pakistan, and where you can get in-person care.

Manipulation is abuse

Not all kinds of abuse and toxicity show themselves through physical violence. This guide shows us how to identify manipulative situations and people, and how to deal with them.

Domestic abuse as a transgender woman

While there are many similarities between domestic abuse in non-cis relationships and other relationships, a number of issues must be taken into account when understanding the complicated dynamics that exist in abusive relationships when you are a transgender woman.

Domestic abuse in same-sex female relationships

There is a misconception that same-sex female relationships can’t be abusive as there is no “man”. This makes it more difficult for us to recognise the warning signs, and often the abuse itself. Find the different signs of abuse, specifically in same-sex female relationships.

Domestic abuse as a transgender man

There is a predominant misconception that the more ‘masculine’ person in an abusive relationship is more likely to be the abuser, or that only women can be subject to domestic abuse. These preconceived notions make it more difficult for us to recognise the warning signs as well as the ways abuse manifests itself for transgender men.

Getting better and moving on

This guide breaks down complex mental health terms that are often heard and misused, helps you understand what you’re going through, what helped others in your position and how to get out of feeling at your worst.

Domestic abuse in same-sex male relationships

Abuse within same-sex male relationships is as common as abuse against heterosexual men in heterosexual relationships. While both share many similarities, a number of issues must be taken into account when understanding the complicated dynamics that exist in abusive same-sex male relationships. Find all the information you need to help identify the different signs of abuse, specifically in same-sex male relationships.

Abused women with no recourse to public funds (UK) by Southall Black Sisters [external resource]

This guide is for people who have experienced domestic abuse, including economic abuse, and are in the UK on a spousal visa or another visa that says you have 'no recourse to public funds'.

How to deal with abuse in Pakistan

Read about the way abuse manifests itself in Pakistani families, and what you can do about it.

How domestic violence affects children in Pakistan

There are many ways in which children are aware of abuse, and it is impossible to hide everything from them. Learn about how it may be affecting them.

Managing anxiety on Bloom

Discover short and long-term methods for managing anxious thoughts and physical symptoms of anxiety, through grounding techniques, journaling, and somatic care. Powered by Bloom and Soul Medicine.

How to regain your confidence after trauma on Soul Medicine

When we doubt our self worth, we can also lose a sense of who we are. Get simple and practical steps to rebuild your confidence, empowering you to take over the reins of your life. Powered by Soul Medicine by Chayn.

How to cope with stress on Soul Medicine

How to identify causes of stress, and how to safeguard yourself against them, or future stress.

Reclaiming resilience in your trauma story on Bloom

Through narrative therapy and journaling, identify triggers, learn the science of trauma, re-build self-esteem, unlearn shame - and find your natural resilience. Powered by Bloom and Soul Medicine.

Assertive communication on Soul Medicine

Understand different styles of communication and things you can practice to feel more confident.

Creating boundaries on Bloom

Learn about different boundary types and styles, how to identify toxic behaviour in others, and tools for recognising our emotional needs in relationships. Powered by Bloom and Soul Medicine.

How to be safe online on Soul Medicine

Easy, non-techy ways to tighten your online security and keep yourself safe from stalkers. This course is a condensed version of our Do-It-Yourself online safety guide. Powered by Soul Medicine by Chayn.

Finding a job in India

Finding employment can help to some degree of financial independence which is critical in case you decide to leave your partner in India.

Advanced DIY privacy for every woman

This is an advanced online safety guide to assess your risk and take back control. We discuss spyware, phishing and using tactics to protect your devices and digital environment.

Do-It-Yourself online safety

Assess your risk and take back control with this guide of best practices to protect yourself. We discuss social media, emails, passwords and secure browsing. You don't need to go offline to be safe. The online space is yours too.

Saving money in Pakistan

Whether you work or not, saving money can be a lifesaver for you in the future. See what you can do in Pakistan to save small and big items to protect your future.

How to manage your money on Soul Medicine

It’s important to be financially independent so you can take care of yourself and your loved ones, make sure your bills are paid, and keep a roof over your head. We’ll talk through easy ways to make sure you’re debt free, you know how to budget, and you’ve got enough money to buy the things you need. Powered by Soul Medicine.

The good friend guide

A short guide that will give you practical and simple advice on how to better support a loved one in an abusive relationship.

Worried about someone in India?

A quick guide on how to support a friend and their children if they are in an abusive situation.

Recovering from toxic and abusive relationships

In this course, we discuss abusive tactics, the cycle of coercive control, the science of trauma, and how abuse can affect our relationships and coping mechanisms.

Your Story Matters (YSM) by Chayn

If you've been treated in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable or violated, let YSM be your companion because your story matters. Through a curated list of resources created by us and others, we talk through the difficult thoughts and emotions you may be going through. Created by survivors of sexual abuse across the world.

Less than 2 percent

A podcast from Chayn exploring the experiences of survivors who report sexual violence, and how the systems that are meant to protect us are failing. Less than 2% focuses on the UK but is globally relevant.

Society, patriarchy and sexual trauma on Bloom

Identify victim-blaming stigmas and myths, look at how these prejudices might have affected our healing journey, and understand how sexual violence is facilitated by both individual predators and patriarchal power structures.

Effetti della violenza su bambinə

I bambini e le bambine possono essere colpiti in vari modi dalla violenza domestica, in questa pagina troverai informazioni degli affetti della violenza.

Terminare una relazione violenta in maniera sicura

Questa guida fornisce consigli su come uscire da una situazione di violenza in modo sicuro e contiene informazioni su come preparare un piano di fuga in caso tu decida di lasciare il tuo partner e la casa in cui vivi

Essere preoccupati/e per un'amica

Se percepisci segnali che ti portano a pensare che qualcosa di importante non va nella relazione di una tua amica, parente, sorella, collega, vicina di casa, qui ci sono alcuni consigli su come starle vicino, dimostrandole il tuo sostegno e comprensione.

Essere più sicura online

In questa guida troverai consigli pratici di utilizzo immediato: da come migliorare la propria privacy sui social media a come proteggere il proprio browser, creare password più sicure e promuovere un uso più consapevole delle possibilità offerte dal web.

Cosa fare in caso di emergenza

In questa pagina troverai una serie di consigli e precauzioni da prendere in caso tu stia subendo violenza domestica e stia iniziando a temere per la tua vita.

Avere controllo sulla propria salute

Breve panoramica per aiutarti a gestire le questioni legate a salute sessuale e contraccezione. Se cerchi informazioni pratiche e più dettagliate, ti rimandiamo alla Guida apposita in cui puoi leggere tutto quello che ti serve sapere nello specifico su metodi contraccettivi, interruzione di gravidanza, malattie sessualmente trasmissibili e test di laboratorio, consultori e centri di assistenza.

Guida su salute sessuale e contraccezione

In questa guida apposita puoi leggere tutto quello che ti serve sapere nello specifico su metodi contraccettivi, interruzione di gravidanza, malattie sessualmente trasmissibili e test di laboratorio, consultori e centri di assistenza.

Guida alla solidarietà di vicinato

In questa guida troverai consigli utili su come riconoscere e mostrare il tuo supporto a donne che vivono relazioni violente nel tuo palazzo o nel tuo quartiere adottando comportamenti solidali e non giudicanti che tengono in considerazione le regole di comportamento imposte dall’emergenza Covid-19, ma che rimangono valide anche per quando questa pandemia sarà finita.

Violenza psicologica

In questa pagina troverai informazioni sulla violenza psicologica, ovvero l’insieme di comportamenti, dinamiche e discorsi che il partner maltrattante mette in atto per minare la tua dignità, identità, autostima e per ledere la tua autodeterminazione.

Diverse forme di violenza domestica

La violenza può assumere diverse forme, in questa pagina troverai un’introduzione sui differenti tipi di abuso e come affrontarli.

Violenza e luoghi comuni

In questa pagina elenchiamo quelli piú comuni e diffusi. È nostro dovere combatterli perché luoghi comuni e stereotipi legittimano la violenza e incoraggiano la colpevolizzazione a livello sociale delle donne che la subiscono.

Violenza nelle relazioni lesbiche

In questa pagina troverai informazioni sulle forme e dinamiche di violenza che possono succedere in una coppia lesbica

Violenza su donne con disabilità

Informazioni utili per riconoscere e contrastare la violenza di genere su persone che si trovano in una condizione vulnerabile

Considerare di uscire da una relazione violenta

In questa pagina troverai informazioni concrete su cosa fare se non sei sicura di uscire da una relazione violenta ma ti senti in pericolo.

Ricevere supporto se non sei cittadina italiana

In questa pagina troverai informazioni utili nel caso in cui, oltre a voler denunciare il tuo partner o a chiedere la separazione o il divorzio, non sei una cittadina italiana, sei priva di un regolare titolo di soggiorno o quest’ultimo è legato a quello del compagno.

Denunciare alla polizia

Se hai subito abusi psicologici o fisici in ambito domestico, potresti aver preso in considerazione la possibilità di sporgere denuncia alle autorità. In questa pagina troverai delle informazioni utili per aiutarti a fare una scelta importante e consapevole.

Ricevere supporto legale gratuito

In questa sezione potrai trovare informazioni utili nel caso in cui decidessi di intraprendere le vie legali.

Gestire i propri risparmi

Risparmiare è fondamentale per poter essere sicure di possedere le risorse sufficienti nel caso poi tu decida di separarti. Sicuramente hai già pensato a soluzioni per poterlo fare ma, se così non fosse, in questa pagina puoi trovare delle idee che possono aiutarti.

Capire conti bancari e documenti d’identità

In questa pagina troverai informazioni pratiche che possano favorire una indipendenza anche tipo economico.

Scegliere possibilità abitative

In questa pagina troverai informazioni pratiche in caso ci si possa ritrovare senza una casa in cui stare quando si decide di interrompere la relazione con il proprio partner maltrattante. E per casi di emergenza in cui é necessario allontanarsi dalla casa in cui si vive per tutelarsi da aggressioni fisiche e verbali.

Capire il diritto civile: separazione e divorzio

In questa pagina potrai trovare una prima infarinatura informativa sui regimi di separazione e di divorzio se hai intenzione di separarti, divorziare o semplicemente andare via di casa, e su cosa questo può comportare sia dal punto di vista economico che per quanto riguarda l’affidamento e la tutela dei figli.