For Partners, Family and Friends


You have an important part to play in the recovery of your loved one but may be nervous or unsure how to respond to them. You may also be experiencing powerful feelings yourself and having difficulty coping with your own reactions.

Support can mean something as simple as offering to take care of day to day practicalities like childminding or shopping.  It can also mean supporting someone while they battle with intense feelings like rage, fear, helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression, etc.  Let them know you are there if/when they need you to listen.


The way they are reacting may not make sense to you or indeed to them, causing you to feel confused and helpless. We are here for you as well as for them. You can contact us to get support for yourself as well as for the survivor.

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Covid-19 Message

Unfortunately, due to the current situation with COVID-19 we have had to make changes to how we operate.

But help and support is still available, just in different ways!!!

Our helpline (Freephone 1800 296 296) is being answered as much as possible, and we are responding to messages left on our answering machine as soon as we can.

We can be contacted by call or text on 087 2233730.

We can be contacted by email at

Outside of business hours, the 24 hour helpline number is Freephone 1800 77 88 88.

While we are not offering face to face counselling at present, we are providing counselling and support via phone/Skype/Zoom as much as possible.

We hope you stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you all on the other side!