The Havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. The nearest centre to Redbridge is Whitechapel Haven, near to Royal London Hospital.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last 12 months, Haven provide support to help you to recover physically and emotionally from your ordeal. Their staff are fully trained and hugely experienced. They are experts in advising, supporting and treating those who have experienced sexual violence.
The Havens will help everyone - men and women, young people and children of all ages.
The Havens can also help young people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Staff are trained to support people of all ages, and they also have specialist young persons workers for those aged between 13 and 18.
They have a booklet for young people that can be downloaded or read online. This booklet has been written for young people aged 13 to 16 who have been raped or sexually assaulted. If this has happened to you, perhaps you are struggling to cope? Do you think that no-one understands what you have gone through and how it makes you feel? Maybe you think you are losing your mind?... Do you try to do everything possible not to talk or think about what has happened?
In the experience of people who work with young people it is the young people who understand their reactions after an assault are better at coping and so recover faster. The focus of this booklet is on common thoughts, feelings and behaviours following an
assault as well as offering practical tips on how to cope.