Sexual violence

Support for those who have been sexually assaulted or raped

If you have just been raped or sexually assaulted, try to remember that you are not alone and you are not to blame for what has happened. Here are some simple steps you can take to help ensure your safety:

  • Find somewhere you feel safe
  • You might be in shock, so wrap up warm
  • Consider telling someone you trust about what happened. If you don’t feel comfortable telling anyone yet, you can call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline for support on 0808 2000 247 (run between Refuge and Women’s Aid)
  • Call 999 if you require urgent medical attention

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You might want to consider contacting a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). SARCs provide support to victims of rape or sexual assault – including providing a confidential space for interviews, examinations and collecting evidence. Some may also offer counselling services. These services are available regardless of whether you feel you want to report to the police. Click here to find information on how to access your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC)

If you are considering reporting what happened, or simply want more information about your options, click here to visit the NHS Choices website

Check out the following information about sexual violence which is available on our website:

Sexual violence: The facts

Myths about sexual violence

Understanding consent

Support for men