Manchester Rape Crisis (MRC) is a confidential support service, run by women for women and girls, who have been raped or sexually abused.

MRC has a telephone helpline service, which provides advice, information and support to women and girls surviving sexual abuse. The helpline also provides a signposting service for male survivors and offers information and advice to friends, partners and other family members supporting survivors.
  • Call the helpline on: 0161 273 4500
  • Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays 6pm to 9pm.
  • If you cannot get through to us, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Other Services

  • MRC offers a free face-to-face counselling service for women over 17 who have experienced rape or sexual abuse.
  • MRC also offers a weekly therapy group on a Wednesday evening facilitated by trained counsellors. It provides an opportunity for women to meet together for peer support, within a supported environment.
  • MRC also runs group work for women who have completed counselling but who wish to access further support. The group work is aimed specifically at developing confidence and looks at issues around body image and self assertiveness. The group also provides a social network for women who may be isolated and vulnerable.
  • For information or advice on any of these services, please ring the MRC office on: 0161 273 4591 (Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor or ISVA provides a confidential advice and support service for women who have experienced sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, or rape. The ISVA works independently, which means she can provide you with impartial advice and information. The ISVA can help you to decide what support you need. She can provide information about the full range of services and options available to you, so that you can make your own decisions and feel in control.
For more information on this service, please call Alison on 0161 273 4591 or you can email her at:


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MRC has been a registered charity since 1979   [Reg. Charity No. 509771]   and is a member of the UK Rape Crisis Federation.

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