North East SARC Support Service provide a 24/7 service for anyone who has experienced rape, sexual assault or other sexual abuse

Your health and wellbeing is our priority, the service is free, and you do not have to report to the police to receive advice and support

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When did this happen?

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More than 7 days ago? >

I want to report to the police

You can call the police on 101 or 999 yourself, or our SARC Support Coordinator can support you to do that here at the SARC, call 03333 44 8283 or complete a secure online self-referral’ link

  • You can speak to any of the SARC team to explore your options and make an informed decision based on that discussion.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Care Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you
  • A specially trained officer can come to speak with you.
  • A doctor or nurse can be arranged to examine you to ensure that your physical and sexual health needs are looked after, this may include emergency contraception.
  • A doctor or nurse can be arranged to examine you for any forensic evidence (even if you have already washed, although there will be more evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after the examination). 
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

If you are in any danger you should ring the police by dialling 999.

 

I do not want to report to the police

It is your decision whether you want to report what has happened to you to the police or not.

You can speak to any of the SARC team to explore your options and make an informed decision based on that discussion.

  • Call 03333 44 8283 or complete a secure ‘online self-referral’ link
  • If you have called us, a SARC Support Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Support Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • A doctor or nurse can be arranged to examine you to ensure that your physical and sexual health needs are looked after.
  • A doctor or nurse can be arranged to examine you for any forensic evidence which can be stored at the SARC, giving you the choice to report to the police and samples be used as evidence in the future. (Even if you have already washed, although there will be more evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after the examination).
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

If you are in any danger you should ring the police by dialling 999.

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I want to report to the police

You can still report a rape or sexual assault even if it happened in the past. Many people find it difficult to talk about sexual offences so it is not unusual for there to be a delay between the offence happening and when a report is made.

For some people this may be several years.

  • You can call the police on 101 or 999 yourself, or our SARC Care Coordinator can support you to do that here at the SARC, call 03333 44 8283 or complete an ‘online self-referral’ link.
  • If you have called us, a SARC Care Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Care Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • A specially trained officer will come to speak with you.
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

I do not want to report to the police

It is your decision whether you want to report what has happened to you to the police or not.

You can speak to any of the SARC team to explore your options and make an informed decision based on that discussion.

  • Call 03333 44 8283 or complete a secure online self-referral’ link.
  • If you have called us, a SARC Support Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Support Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • The SARC Support Coordinator will explain what support is available to you and help you to decide on your next steps.
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

 

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Welcome to North East SARC Support Service

North East SARC Support Service provides 24/7 support to anyone who has experienced rape and other sexual offences, whether this has happened recently or in the past.

If you are in danger or there is an emergency always dial 999

You can use our services without making a report to the police, though we can help if you decide to proceed.

Forensic samples and health support is time limited and it is best to make contact with us at the earliest opportunity.

This is a free, independent and confidential service supported by NHS England and the Police and Crime Commissioners in Cleveland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

The staff are really helpful and lovely they could not have done more

Female, 35, Police Interview

Brilliant, could not of got through this tough time without all the help from staff. Thank you for everything

Male, 20, Support Session

They were lovely and made me feel comfortable. Out of hours staff were lovely as well. Talked to me and made me feel at ease and safe

Female, 18, Medical Examination, Police Interview

Excellent, very supportive, listened and gave good advice. A massive thank you to the staff for being so supportive with my daughter and myself at this traumatic time for her. You do an excellent job.

Female, 47, Medical Examination, Police Interview
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