What is a SARC? (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

What is a SARC? (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

If you have been sexually assaulted and you’re not sure whether you want to report to the Police yet, you might choose to go directly to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) if there is one in your area. It’s good to take a friend or trusted person with you if you can.

At the SARC, you can have a forensic medical examination, as well as be tested for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. The examination will be carried out by a specially trained medical examiner and you will be supported by a crisis worker throughout. Each stage will be explained to you beforehand, so you are clear what is happening and the SARC will always seek consent from you. You can stop or pause any part of the process at any point.

The SARC will not pressure you into reporting to the Police and they can store the results of the forensic examination (or evidence) until you make up your mind whether to report to the Police or not.

SARCs have specially trained professionals who can give you medical help and advice. They can also help and support you through your immediate trauma.

Get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110.
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