Sexual Assault Services

The NHS is raising awareness of SARCs (sexual assault referral centres) and encouraging victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse to seek help.

Sexual assault and abuse can happen to anyone. It may be a single event or happen repeatedly. However, many people do not know where to go or who to turn to get the help and support they need, which is where SARCs come in – they can provide a safe space and dedicated care. Through the NHS, for people who have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused, SARCs are here for everyone, regardless of when the incident happened. They are located across the country and offer specialist practical, medical, and emotional support 24/7.

SARCs offer a range of services, including crisis care, medical and forensic examinations, emergency contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections. They can also arrange access to an independent sexual violence advisor, as well as referrals to mental health support and voluntary sector sexual violence support services.

  • You can contact a sexual assault referral centre to make an appointment or ask someone else, such as a healthcare professional, charity, friend or family member to do this for you.
  • It doesn’t matter when it happened and whether you choose to involve the police or not, support is available to everyone.
  • If you have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused and don’t know where to turn, turn to us. We are here for you.

SARCs are located across the country and available for everyone, regardless of gender, age, the type of incident, or when it happened. Please click here to find more information about finding assistance, including where to find your nearest SARC.

If you have been sexually assaulted or abused, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn’t your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to seek help.