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Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides services to victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the survivor/victim chooses to report the offence to the police or not.

SARCS are designed to be comfortable and multi-functional, providing private space for interviews and examinations, and some may also offer counselling services.  “SARC”s have specialist staff that are trained to help you make informed decisions about what you want to do next.

If you are an adult survivor – and have been asked to do a video interview, for evidence – then it can often be helpful to ask if you can do this at the SARC. The benefit of doing so is that SARCS have crisis workers, so there is someone there to provide you with some emotional support during your visit (they cannot go in with you).

Increasingly SARCS now are working with children and young people, not just adult victims. Some SARCS will accept self referrals from adults. A list of SARCS can be found here The Survivors Trust- SARC