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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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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.

Marital rights and abuse in Pakistan

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

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.

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.

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 open a bank account on Soul Medicine

Banking can be complicated. We’ll make it easy for you.

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.

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 Pakistan

This guide explains the laws and different kinds of divorce in Pakistan.

Law and divorce in India

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Sexual health and contraception in Pakistan

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

How to deal with abuse in Pakistan

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

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 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.

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.

How to cope with stress on Soul Medicine

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

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.

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.

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.

Trauma resilience 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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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