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The following are some useful links to support services , if you would like to be included on the list please contact us and we’ll update the list including your details.

Survivors Side by Side is a Facebook Page for victims of sexual abuse, their friends, family and those that support them. The page is designed to provide a safe space to share your experiences with others that will understand exactly what you are experiencing and help to let you know that you are not alone.

Its members provide support, advice and comfort to those who find themselves on their journey of healing. Members are at different stages of healing and best placed to understand the questions and answers you seek.

This is a private group and only those invited onto the page by the founder Shaneda Daly, a survivor of child sexual abuse, and an advocate for the rights of victims to appropriate services and supports throughout the country.

Sins of the FatherShaneda Daly

Straight away we can say, WOW! it is Brilliant, a page turner, Courageous, Strong, Heart-breaking, emotional and so much more. Words seem inadequate when we try to explain how we each felt while reading it.  Shaneda did an outstanding job. Her courage and strength of character shines through.

We know it is not easy to allow yourself to be vulnerable and tell your deepest darkest secrets, but Shaneda goes there.  She has managed to demonstrate how relentless the abuse was, how it felt to be powerless and completely controlled by her father, all the while clinging on to her sanity in a world that grew more and more insane. We could almost imagine her in front of us telling her story, only we don’t think she had told too many the full extent of her abuse before writing this book.

We will be digesting Shaneda’s book for some time to come. It is full of triggering information that anyone who was a victim of childhood sexual abuse cannot avoid. To us, she is a walking miracle, somehow not only surviving her abuse, but she is able to love and be compassionate after a lifetime receiving neither.

This book will help so many people to not only realise they are innocent, but demonstrate that the details of the abuse, when unpicked, can set you free from the devastation of abuse has on every aspect of your life.  


MECPATHS is a social justice protect, developed as a response to the growing prevalence of Human Trafficking and the exploitation of people for profit, in Ireland.  The organisation work in collaboration with private, statutory and non-statutory agencies such as An Garda Síochána and The Department of Justice & Equality to counter Human Trafficking, by delivering anti-human trafficking training for front-line professionals working in the areas of healthcare, social work, law enforcement and immigration.


If you suspect a case of Child Trafficking:
In an emergency, always call 999/112 

To report any suspicions, contact your Local Garda Station

To report anonymously, call The Garda Confidential Hotline 1800 666 111 or email

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre  

Sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights issue with both short and long-term consequences for those affected. The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has been at the forefront of the Irish response to sexual violence for almost 40 years. We work with government, non-profit organisations, academic institutions, and the general public to ensure that all available resources to prevent sexual violence are utilised.

One in Four  

One in Four opened its doors in 2003 to provide professional support to men and women who had experienced childhood sexual abuse.  Many of the original clients were survivors of clerical and institutional sexual abuse. As the service developed, people who had been abused in many different contexts also sought our support.  Today, most clients have been sexually abused by members of their own families and by people they know in their communities.

Sexual Violence Centre Cork  

Our most important work is the direct provision of services to the survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. The services are confidential, free of change, and provided by highly experienced professional staff.


CARI is a leading voluntary organisation with a proven track record in providing child centered specialised therapy and support to children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of means

Children will be referred to CARI when they have disclosed sexual abuse (or may be a confidant of the disclosure) and when they disclosure has been investigated by the appropriate authorities. Children will also be referred to CARI if they have witnessed sexual assaults on a child or adult or if they are siblings of the above.

CARI responds to and reaches out to those affected by abuse and supports them during the recovering process, endeavouring to ensure that the child sexual abuse is seen as an experience but not a defining event of the child’s life

A number of suicide prevention and search and rescue groups, along with other individuals passionate about suicide prevention have come to the table to combine efforts in an attempt to provide a new after-hours service called The Haven Hub.
The Haven Hub will be a safe place after hours where a distressed person can go for some support from suicide prevention trained volunteers. Whether it is simply a cup of tea and someone to talk to, or help to keep themselves safe, The Haven Hub will support a person in distress or at risk. We will be based in Limerick Social Service Centre on Upper Henry Street


Pieta House

Pieta House provides a range of counselling services for people who are suicidal, engage in self-harm or are bereaved by suicide. Pieta House also operates a national Freephone helpline (1800 247 247) and a dedicated Research, Training and Advocacy office. Pieta House is committed to delivering its services with care and professionalism and continue to strive to ensure that it provide the best service for its clients. 

Lifeline (Inishowen)
Domestic Violence Service

Lifeline (Inishowen) Domestic Violence Service provides a community response offering a first step to support women and children in Inishowen who are experiencing domestic violence.

At all times, the service is ‘woman centred’, providing invaluable support at a time when the woman is likely to be under huge emotional, psychological and financial pressure.

Where family might be unwilling to become involved, Lifeline (Inishowen) provides constant support to the woman.

The Alliance of Birth Mothers Campaigning for Justice represents mothers who are campaigning against injustices inflicted on them by Tusla, The Family Law Courts and to a very slight extent by the Gardai.

ABC are seeking major reforms of the triad, Tusla, Family Law Courts and the Gardai


International Support Services


Helping Survivors mission is to assist anyone who has been victimized by sexual assault or abuse. Our website is a compilation of information around different instances of sexual violence. What’s important to us is providing resources and help for those in need by offering resources to assist survivors and their families.


The Williamsburg Therapy Group    

The Williamsburg Therapy Group have created a resource article on child therapy to help raise awareness on common issues children deal with, parent training and support, and treatment information.

As childhood trauma is one of the main causes of addiction and mental health issues in later life. We feel that it’s important for families to be aware of the support that are available while working with children on issues that may cause social or emotional distress.

Read more….


Heal Thrive Dream, LLC is a mother daughter company whose mission is to bring compassion, comfort, and healing to professional mothers recovering from childhood abuse.

The Heal Thrive Dream Team hosts a FREE, PRIVATE Facebook group  for career mothers desiring a community for support, education, mentorship and guidance for all things trauma related. Abuse affects every aspect of a survivor’s life, and it is common to feel “stuck” or empty.  They created their podcast (link) to offer education and inspiration to their listeners.


New Method Wellness provides thousands of individuals the help they need to break free from the bondage of substance abuse addiction and truly start living. Ours is not your usual recovery centre. Primary treatment, dual diagnosis, private treatmentfamily groupoutpatient treatment and extended care are only a few of the addiction treatment programs offered at New Method Wellness — there is a program for everyone.


The Maggie Oliver Foundation: Maggie has set her vision in motion by beginning to build an amazingly caring, supportive and understanding team. A team who all share the same values and a fierce determination to make a real difference in the lives of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Values such as kindness, empathy, honesty, fairness, trust, human decency, and justice are what drive us.  In addition, by sharing our stories and experiences we also intend to expose and address injustice, misuse of power and corruption wherever we find it.

A Guide to Sleeping with Coronavirus Anxiety

When you’re feeling anxious, it’s difficult to sleep, and if you find yourself tossing and turning at night you aren’t alone. Sleep is important, however, for your mental and physical health, and there are strategies you can use to get more sleep even in troubling times.

The Fiona Project

The Fiona Project is a music movement of concerts and music video to increase awareness of child sexual abuse, protect our children by sharing prevention tips in a fun uplifting way, and also to raise funding for organizations that provide prevention and survivor support programs.

Through these efforts we hope to remove the taboo and release the shame of child sexual abuse by empowering survivors to speak out and get help–including both children who are being victimized now and adults who were victimized long ago.

As adults, breaking our silence is the best thing we can do for ourselves, for others who are struggling, and also for our children by showing them a healthy example. In order to stop this devastating epidemic, it’s imperative our children understand that it’s safe to speak out and tell a trusted adult who can help them.

A Survivors Guide to Sexual Assault 

Sexual assault victims rarely get support.

But there ARE resources available to them. To help make finding help easier and faster for women to get the support they need, we put together a list of resources by state.

We also added great information about sexual assault, it’s effects, and how to support a loved one after an assault.

Rainn (Rape, Abuse & Incest national Network)

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656. HOPE, in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Ark Behavioral Health provides all levels of evidence-based care to help you begin your personal journey toward recovery.

Our commitment to our patients is unmatched and proven by our four diverse treatment locations. We put you and your family’s needs first throughout the treatment process, which is supported by caring and professional staff.

We use individualized treatment plans to address the underlying causes of your addiction, providing you with the tools and support systems you need to achieve a fulfilling life without alcohol or drugs.

Our goal at Ark Behavioral Health extends far beyond sobriety alone; every therapeutic intervention we deliver empowers you with a sense of purpose and joy in recovery.


To cope with the pain of domestic and sexual abuse, many victims turn to the use of drugs and alcohol. Our mission is to be a support resource for those coping with theses issues. is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems. Since 2015, the website has provided researched, fact-based resources for free. Readers can learn about risks of various substances, the latest approaches to treatment and real stories of recovery.

Detox Local provides medically reviewed guides on every aspect of the drug & alcohol withdrawal process, as well as a list of SAMHSA-approved detox centres throughout the country.

At Detox Local we provide a nationwide directory of detox centres for both drugs and alcohol. As per our name, the focus is on detox centres near you. Our comprehensive directory lists detox centres by state, zip code, or through an interactive map. Depending on the specific drug someone was using, they may need a certain type of detox and that is made easy at Detox Local.



Elderly Women Who Have Been Sexually Abused.

Sexual abuse of the elderly is one of the most unfathomable crimes and it’s critical to shed light on it. Women over the age of 70 who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia are more likely to become victims of abuse.

About 90 percent of perpetrators of elder abuse are family member, including spouses, adult children, partners and other relatives. The incidence of abuse is higher if the family member suffers from drug or alcohol abuse, have some type of mental illness, or feel burdened by the care of their loved ones.


The Recovery Village

Recovery Village organization with locations across the country, is dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is our philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care at reasonable rates.

We strive to have our website be an educational resource by hosting helpful articles, blog posts, and resource pages to increase understanding and awareness of addiction – a disease that affects so many.

Due to the importance of mental health awareness among friends and family, and the rise of PTSD and substance abuse cases from traumatic experiences the following links will provide much needed information. has compiled an extensive directory of drug and alcohol rehab centers located throughout the United States. 

Alcohol Rehab Guide 

ARG is dedicated to helping people overcome alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety. Our team is made up of individuals who have personal experience with alcohol addiction, and understand the importance of delivering top-notch resources and information. That was our inspiration. ARG aims to educate people on the dangers of alcohol addiction and guide them or their loved one into a treatment program.

The ARG team strives to raise awareness about those most susceptible to alcohol abuse: adolescents, college students, adults, individuals with mental health disorders and veterans. Roughly 240 million people around the globe are dependent on alcohol. Our goal is to help reduce the number of individuals affected by the dangers of alcohol abuse.

If you’re ready to seek help for alcoholism, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us today to start on your journey to a lasting recovery.

Rehab Spot

Rehab Spot is an information hub that focuses on educating individuals on the treatment process: from selection, to what they can expect during treatment, to entering back into a drug-free life. Our goal is to lessen the stigma of addiction and empower those who are struggling to find the treatment they deserve.

We provide comprehensive, reliable information about the various aspects of drug and alcohol addiction, and who might be at a greater risk for addiction.

Rebates Health Care for Less

According to the Worth Health Organization, more than 80% of heart related fatalities and 40% of cancer fatalities could have been prevented through lifestyle changes and other ‘preventative healthcare’ matters.

We’re currently working to educate on this topic, and believe that this page is an accessible but comprehensive resource for preventative healthcare. 


We are an informational website that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives back together.

Our goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different addictions and recovery resources available to them. We are not a treatment center, nor do we refer our audience to specific centers! Our website is here to provide information and support only.

At Recovering Champions, we assess your physical, psychological, and spiritual needs to tailor a treatment plan just for you. Many of our staff are in recovery themselves, and we understand no two people experience addiction the same way.

Our two facilities are located on Cape Cod, providing a peaceful and relaxing setting for recovery. Whether you need day treatment or family counseling, you and your support system are welcomed into a community built on friendship, loyalty, and compassion.


Granite Recovery Centres

Many of us know of a friend, family member or someone that’s suffering from a mental health ailment, co-occurring disorder or addiction. To make things worse some in our community abuse prescription meds, drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with grief, trauma or life in general. Addiction is a disease and at the end of the day we believe the sick want to get better.

For over 10 years, Granite Recovery Centers has been transforming the lives of alcohol and drug dependent adults from New England and well beyond. Our New Hampshire addiction treatment centers offer a unique blend of evidence-based clinical psychotherapies with a comprehensive 12-Step curriculum.

Our addiction treatment programs feature a full continuum of care that includes medical detox, medication-assisted treatment, primary residential treatment, extended care, sober living, and intensive outpatient counseling. Our success is evidenced by our active, growing alumni community, each of whom will tell you that what we do, along with the skills we provide, saved their lives – and continues to do so.

We’ve been busy publishing new educational content for example, due to AA’s 12 Steps of Recovery being widely misunderstood and often misinterpreted, we launched a free educational video series on it.


Drug Rehab USA 

At Drug Rehab USA we understand the struggles faced by individuals dealing with substance use issues, as well as their loved ones and colleagues. We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we strive to provide clear and concise information to help individuals at any stage of recovery. Read more……..


The Summit Wellness Group

We believe the client and their needs must be our primary focus. Their needs and involvement shape our program and guide our activities. The Summit stands by its core values of respect, quality, and individualized care with a dedication to lifetime recovery.

General BIPOC Resources

There are some general resources that are available and accessible to all people of colour and are intended to provide information, access, and guidance toward finding mental health and substance abuse care that is specific to BIPOC issues:

We have produced a number of guides that do a great job of addressing this key issue for People of Colour and their allies read more..


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