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 have the option to 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. There is also the option to anonymously provide the police with information relating to the incident.
Who is involved?
Depending on what you decide to do, the professionals involved will be:
One or two police officers (If you decide to report)
Where is it and what can I expect?
Our SARC is in Alfreton, Derbyshire. There you will be shown to a room and the process will be explained by a Crisis Worker. The Crisis Worker will provide support through the process and answer any questions you may have whilst at Millfield House. You can change your mind at any point.
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 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.
What Happens After?
After your visit to the SARC, you will be offered additional support and aftercare options, it is completely up to you if you would like to accept this. If you agree to receive ongoing support our staff can make referrals to those services on your behalf.
There is no time limit for accessing additional support and Millfield House can help you access SV2 Therapeutic Support or SV2 ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) services which you can access at any time when you feel ready, even after you have left Millfield House as referrals forms are available on our website.
Anyone coming to the SARC is treated sensitively and without judgement.