Our Sexual Assault Referral Centre is for anyone aged 18 or over who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 7 to 10 days. While you are there you will undergo a forensic medical examination; hand over any other evidence such as clothing etc; and complete a witness statement.
You can either report to the police who will bring you to the SARC, or you can self refer to us and report the assault anonymously.
Who is involved?
Depending on what you decide to do, the professionals involved will be:
One or two Crisis Workers
Two police officers
Doctor or specialist nurse
Where is it and what can I expect?
Our SARC is in Alfreton, Derbyshire. There you will be shown to a room that look a bit like a living room, and will have a camera situated in the corner. This camera will only be used for the police interview and with your consent.
When undergoing the forensic medical, you will be taken into a room that looks similar to GP surgery. There will be a doctor present and also police officer (if you are reporting to the police). You can either go in on your own or your Crisis Worker can accompany you for support.
How long will it take?
It can vary as to how long you will be at the SARC, but you can expect to be there for a minimum of four hours.
Is there anything I need to do for it?
To help detect DNA for a forensic medical, it is best if you do not:
Brush your teeth
Eat or drink
Change your clothes (or if you do, please store the worn clothes in a clean plastic bag)
Dispose of any sanitary wear
Tidy or clear up anything from the incident
What does it look like?
The forensic medical suites are self contained. That means when you arrive you be shown to your suite and can stay there rather than being moved around. There is a waiting area within the suite which is adjoined to the medical room (looks a bit like what you see at your GP) and then an en-suite with a toilet and a shower.
You will receive a care pack during your time there so you don’t need to worry about toiletries. You will be taken care of and supported the entire time.
Anyone coming to the SARC is treated sensitively and without judgement.
If you would like to find out more about the role of a Crisis Worker click here.
Help and support
Our team are here to help you and offer support for recent and past vicitims of sexual abuse. See how we can help you to move forward.