Under 18

You can contact us for advice 24 hours a day or refer yourself to our services over the phone or online. It’s really important to us that you are supported and feel safe.

  • Call the North East SARC Support Service on 03333 44 8283 or complete a secure online self-referral.
  • 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 Support Coordinator will call you back at a time that is good for you.
  • A doctor or nurse might be arranged to examine you to ensure that your physical and sexual health needs are looked after, this may include emergency contraception.
  • You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there will be more DNA evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after an examination.
  • We will offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who is experienced in working with young people.
  • Specialist counselling services can help you to explore your feelings within a comfortable and safe environment. 
  • You can call the police on 101 or 999 or our SARC Support Coordinators can support you do that here at the SARC.

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

Find your local SARC

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Teesside provides 24/7 support to anyone who has experienced rape and other sexual offences, whether this has happened recently or in the past.

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SARC Northumberland Tyne & Wear opened in September 1991 to provide a free, confidential counselling, support and advice service for women (aged 16 and over at the time of the assault) who have been subjected to an attack of a sexual nature.

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The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre aims to provide a sensitive and comprehensive service to residents of County Durham and Darlington who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

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The SARC Service Crisis Workers provide 24/7 support for all victims of rape and other sexual offences.

Female, 47, 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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