Adults abused in childhood
Advice and support from our helpline for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect
Adults who were victims of child abuse or neglect may continue to experience emotional or psychological difficulties and can contact our free helpline at any time for advice and support.
Our trained NSPCC counsellors can provide 24/7 support as well as alert them to other specialist help if needed.
Effects on adults who suffered abuse as a child
Some adults may recover from abuse or neglect in childhood, however others may experience feelings or problems such as:
- depression and other mental health issues
- anger, sadness or low self-esteem
- substance use
- disturbing thoughts, emotions and memories that cause distress or confusion
- poor physical health
- worrying their abuser is still in the community and has access to children or young people
- struggling with parenting or relationships.
Contact our helpline for advice and support
We understand how difficult it can be to talk about, but if you experienced abuse or neglect as a child and need advice or support, please contact our free helpline service on 0808 800 5000 and speak to an NSPCC counsellor 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You can also contact our helpline by:
Translation services, textphone and webcam are also available.
You can remain anonymous if you wish.
Working with the National Association for People Abused in Childhood
We have worked in partnership with the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) since December 2012 to help provide 24/7 support to survivors of childhood abuse.
The partnership offers an enhanced, coordinated service for adult victims of child abuse with our helpline counsellors providing immediate support and advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and directing people NAPAC for further help.
Where to find more help and advice
It's good to talk: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) website to explain what to expect from counselling and psychotherapy. Includes a directory of therapists and counsellors.
NHS choices: Information on therapy and counselling available from the NHS and through your GP. Lists other organisations providing talking therapy services.
Moira Anderson Foundation: A national charity supporting children and adults affected by childhood sexual abuse.
The Survivors Trust (TST): A national umbrella agency for over 130 specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.
This Tangled Web: A consituted charity providing information, links and support on child sexual abuse and related issues to survivors and their partners.