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If you or someone you know have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence it can be difficult to know where to turn.

First Light is here to help.

Get help

If you or someone you know have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence it can be difficult to know where to turn.

First Light is here to help.

Please get in touch
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse of any kind or requires support to recover from sexual violence and live in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, please speak to a member of our helpline team by calling Safer Futures on 0300 777 4 777,
  • If you’re in Devon and Cornwall and want to connect with our Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) Service it’s 03458 12 12 12,
  • Our Plymouth Sexual Violence Counselling service is available on 03458 12 12 12,
  • If you’ve experienced sexual violence and are living in Swindon and Wiltshire, our Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is available for advice and support on 01793 781 916,
  • If you’re in Swindon and Wiltshire and want to connect with our Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) Service it’s 0300 373 2715,
  • If you have experienced Church-Related Abuse call our dedicated Safe Spaces Helpline on 0300 303 1056.
Alternatively you can make an online referral.

We will listen without judgement, help you to understand your options and treat anything you tell us in confidence.*
A welcoming place after everything I’ve been through. I feel like it saved my life.”
We’re here to support anyone who needs it, regardless of your age, gender identification, race, sexual orientation or if you have a disability. Depending where you live, we can help you directly, or refer you to someone who can.

We’re independent of the police and other agencies and you do not need to have reported to them to come to us for help and support. If at any point you decide to report to the police we can help you with this.
I spoke to someone from First Light recently and found them absolutely brilliant. Excellent listener, gave plenty of time and I was able to talk through a horrible incident that I hadn’t been able to share with anyone other than the police.”
*There are some circumstances when the law requires us to share information without your consent. Wherever possible, we will inform you if this is the case.

If you have been a victim of a crime you’re entitled to certain rights as directed by the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales (Victims’ Code). Learn more about your rights here.

Help for someone else

We can also offer help and support if you’re a relative, friend, or a professional who is concerned about someone who has told you they have been abused, or where you suspect abuse.

Read our advice on what to do if you’re worried about a friend or relative or make a referral if you’re a professional.

Victims' code

If you have been a victim of a crime you’re entitled to certain rights as directed by the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales (Victims’ Code). Learn more about your rights here.

More information

About First Light

First Light is a charity supporting people in Cornwall, Devon and Wiltshire who have been affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Support services

If you’re experienced sexual violence or domestic abuse, First Light are here to help you find a way through and move towards a brighter future.

Get involved

Whether you’re donating your time, your skills or your money, there are lots of ways you and your business can get involved to support the work we’re doing at First Light.