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Rape and Sexual Violence


Statistics
Around 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 women are raped each year (British Crime Survey).   The majority of rapes (about 90%) are committed by men known to the women.

Barriers to Reporting
Common barriers to reporting sexual assault and rape include: fear of not being believed; being shamed; being blamed by others; blaming ones self; knowing the perpetrator (e.g. family, friend, colleague). Please remember it is not your fault so do not blame yourself. Asian and / or Muslim victims are less likely to come forward and report rape due to the culture of shame and honour.  Cultural attitudes will also prevent many women from recognising themselves as victims of rape.  For example, forced sex within marriage is often not regarded as rape.  However, increasing number of Asian victims are calling rape crisis helplines, particularly those specialist services aimed at the BME / Asian community.

Seeking Help
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted or you know someone that has � it is very important that you seek the right help and support quickly even if you do not wish to report the incident to the police.  Many victims do not come forward because they feel that they will have to make a formal report.  Whether you want to make a police report or not, you should contact your nearest Sexual Assault Referrel Centre (SARC), hospital accident and emergency or your GP because you may need treatment for your injuries, emergency contraception or a health check.

If you contact the MWN Helpline, we can find the nearest SARC to you which can do the following:

  • Health screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Pregnancy test
  • Forensic medical examination
  • Referred to specialist counselling
  • Provide an initial statement of what happened

The SARC will not pressure you into reporting to the police and can simply store the forensic examination results, which can be used as evidence, should you wish to make a formal report to the police at a later date.

Collecting Evidence
If you want a forensic medical examination then time is an important consideration to ensure evidence is not lost. If you can, then try go to the SARC straight away or at least within 72 hours of the rape or assault.  If possible also try to take these steps:

  • Do not wash
  • Do not brush your teeth
  • Do not eat or drink
  •  Do not change your clothes
  • If you change your clothes, do not wash them and put them in a clean plastic bag
  • Try not to go to the toilet
  • Do not clear up anything from the area of the incident
  • Do not have a cigarette
 
Contact an organisation about this issue
MWN Helpline is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided and listing any organisation does not imply its endorsement.
  You can also Find help using our system below
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Arch North East
Phone:01642 822335  Contact: Deborah Mills 

Area Covered: Teeside (Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool) 
Redcar and East Cleveland who only take male clients 

Additional Information: Work with male and female survivors from 14 up  
Email:d.mills@archnortheast.org.uk 
Website:www.archnortheast.org  
Address:Arch North East 22 Hoylake Road TS4 3JL 
Axis Counselling Shrewsbury
Phone:01743 243007  Area Covered: Shropshire 
Additional Information: Work with women, men and children 11+
Email:isva@axiscoucelling.org.uk 
Website:www.axiscounselling.org.uk 
Address:Axis Counselling, Fletcher House, 15 College Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1LY  
Axis Counselling Telford
Phone:01952 586790  Area Covered: Telford 

Additional Information: Work with women, men and children 11+
Email:isva@axiscoucelling.org.uk 
Website:www.axiscounselling.org.uk 
Address:Axis Counselling, The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 2JP 
Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis
Phone:01296 392468 
Additional Information: Work with women over 16
 
Area Covered: Aylesbury Vale
 
Contact By Post:
PO Box 268
Aylesbury
Bucks
HP22 6SA
Email:advocasy@avrc.org.uk 
Website:www.avrc.org.uk 
Address: 
Based at Armistead Street
Phone:0151 227 1893 

Contact: Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

Areas Covered: Merseyside

Email:michelle.stoops@armistead.nwest.nhs.uk 
Website:www.armisteadcentre.co.uk 
Address: 
Based at Preston Domestic and Sexual Violence Service
Phone:01772 201501 

Contact: Sarah Littlechild

Areas Covered: Preston

Additional Information: Work with children and adults

Email:sarah.littlechild@pdvs.org.uk 
Website:http://www.pdvs.org.uk/ 
Address:10-12 Oakham Court Preston, PR1 3XP 
Based at RASAC
Phone:01452 754390 
Contact: Sarah Jane Morris
 
Area Covered: Hampshire
Excluding Southhampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight
 
Additional Information: Work with males and females 18 and over
Email:Beverly.ellis@gloucestershire.pnn.police.co.uk 
Website:http://www.rasasc.org/ 
Address:1009, Guildford GU1 9EE.  
Based at Safe and Sound
Phone:01332 362120 
Contact: Sharon Jackson
 
Additional Information: work with female and male children and young people
 
Area Covered; Derby City
 
 
Email:sharon.jackson@safeandsoundderby.co.uk 
Website:www.safeandsoundderby.co.uk 
Address: 
Based at SERICC
Phone:01375 380609 
Contact: Rebekah Brant
 
Area Covered: Thurrock, Basildon, Brentwood,Billericay and Wickford
Email:sericc@sericc.org.uk 
Website:www.sericc.org.uk 
Address: 
Based at SV2- Supporting Victims of Sexual Crisis
Phone:01773 746115 
Contact: Anja Robinson
 
Area Covered: Boroughs of Erewash and Amber Valley
 
Additional Information: work with both female and male survivors aged 14 and over
Email:anja@drconline.or.uk 
Website:www.sv2.org.uk 
Address: 
Based at Victim Support
Phone:01277 357563 
Contact: Sonia Watts
 
Area Covered: Essex
 
Additional Information: work with male and female victims 13 and over
Email:sonia.watts@victimsupport.org.uk 
Website:www.victimsupport.org.uk 
Address: 
Crisis Point
Phone:01922 476153  Contact: Laura Pearce 

Area Covered: Walsall, Wolverhampton and part of Staffordshire 

Additional Information: Work with women, men and children from 5 up 
Email:pearcel@crisispoint.org.uk 
Website:www.crisispoint.org.uk 
Address:Uplands House 5 Lichfield Road Walsall WS4 2HT United Kingdom 
Department of Sexual Health, Sexual Health Clinics
Phone:0118 322 7202  Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Email: 
Website:www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk 
Address:Royal Berkshire Hospital, 21a Craven Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5LE. 
Doncaster R.A.S.A.C.C
Phone:01302 341572 Contact: Sara Beckett 

Area Covered: Doncaster 

Additional Information: work with male and female survivors of all ages plus their families 
Email:sbeckett@drasacs.org.uk 
Website:www.drasacs.org.uk 
Address:PO Box 470 Doncaster DN1 3XW 
Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre
Phone:07902 504 588  Area Covered: Dorset
Email:sb.isva@dorsetrapecrisis.org 
Website:http://www.dorsetrapecrisis.org/ 
Address:Poole Dorset BH15 9GN 
Early Intervention Project
Phone:02392 370166 

Contact: Sue Ward

Area's Covered: Central Portsmouth

Additional Information: Work with female and male victims 16 and over

Email:sue.ward@portsmouthcc.gov.uk 
Website:www.saferportsmouth.org.uk/priorities/.../early-intervention-project 
Address: 
End The Fear
Phone:0161 636 7525  Greater Manchester against Domestic Violence.
Email:helpline@ndependentchoices.org.uk 
Website:www.endthefear.co.uk 
Address: 
Family Matters ISVA Service
Phone:01474 536661  Additional Information: Work with survivors of all ages
Email:isva@familymattersuk.org 
Website:www.familymattersuk.org/independent-Sexual-Violence-Advisor.aspx 
Address: 
Foundation
Phone:0300 456 2214 
Contact Person: Helen Danks
 
Areas Covered: Rredcar and Cleveland
 
Additional Information:
Women and girls over 1
Experienced and sexual violence either historically or recently.
Email:Helen.Danks@foundationuk.org 
Website:www.foundationuk.org 
Address: 
Free from Violence and Abuse
Phone:0116 255 0003 

Contact: Gillian Carter

Areas Covered: Leicester City

Additional Information: Work with male and female survivors

Email:gillian@freeva.org.uk 
Website:www.freeva.org.uk 
Address:PO Box 7675, Leicester, LE1 6XY 
Genesis, Leeds
Phone:07710 304 306  Contact: Joan Coulton 

Area Covered: Leeds and West Yorkshire 

Additional Information: Sex working women over 18 
Email:joancoulton@btconnect.com 
Website:http://www.genesisleeds.org.uk/ 
Address:Oxford Chambers Oxford Place Leeds LS1 3AU 
Grimsby and Scunthorpe Rape Crisis Limited
Phone:01724 841947 

Contact: Kirsty Hodges

Additional Information: Work with female and male survivors 18 and over

Email:kirsty.hodges@itsmyright.co.uk 
Website:www.itsmyright.co.uk 
Address: 
Helen Britton House
Phone:01642 516888 Contact: Cheryl Nunn

Area Covered: Teeside 

Additional Information: work with males and females 13 and up 
They also have specialist areas of work for adult victims who are or have perpetrators
Email:cheryl.nunn@nhs.net 
Website:www.helenbrittonhouse.co.uk 
Address: 
Helen Britton House SARC
Phone:01642 516888 Sexual Assault Referral Centre


Email: 
Website:http://www.sarcteesside.co.uk 
Address:13 Trinity Mews, North Ormesby Health Village, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6AL. 
Hemel Hempstead Sunflower
Phone:01442 270679 

Contact: Sian Scarborough

Area's Covered: Decorum, Watford, Three Rivers, Hertsmere, Welwyn, Hatfield and the St Albans areas of Hertfordshire

Additional Information: Work with female and male survivors 16 and over  

Email:sian.scarborough@herts.pnn.police.uk 
Website:www.hertssunflower.org.uk 
Address: 
Hope House SARC
Phone:01452 754390  Contact: Beverly Ellis
Email:Beverly.ellis@gloucestershire.pnm.police.co.uk 
Website:www.gloucestershirepolice.co.uk 
Address: 
Horizon
Phone:0808 168 5698 
Email:enquiries@horizonsarc.org.uk 
Website:www.horizon.org.uk 
Address: 
HRSASC,
Phone:01432 266551  Contact: Judith Vickress 

Area Covered: Herefordshire 

Additional Information: Work with women survivors over 16 
Email:isva.wrsasc@btconnect.com 
Website:http://www.hrsasc.org.uk/ 
Address:HRSASC PO Box 240 Worcester WR1 2LF 
ISIS, Rotherham General Hospital
Phone:01709 273326 Contact: Tanya Wills 

Area Covered: Sheffield and Rotherham

Additional Information: work with male and female survivors 16 and up 
Email:tanya.wills@rothgen.nhs.uk 
Website:http://www.theisissouthyorkshire.co.uk/index.php?findus 
Address:Moorgate Road Rotherham South Yorkshire S60 2UD 
Jasmine House
Phone:0116 255 8852 

Contact: Lynda Yorke

 Areas Covered: Leicestertershire

Additional Information: Work with female survivors 16 and over

Email:l.yorke@jasminehouse.org.uk 
Website:www.jasminehouse.org.uk 
Address: 
Kirklees Survivors Counselling Project
Phone:01484 540730 Contact: Jaswere Kaur 

Area Covered: Kirklees
Email:jaswere.kaur@krasacc.co.uk 
Website:wwwkrasacc.co.uk 
Address: 
Manchester Womens Aid
Phone:0161 660 7999 

 MWA offer support for men, women and children suffering abuse.

Also offer refuge services.

Email:info@manchesterwomensaid.org.uk 
Website:www.manchesterwomensaid.org 
Address:Pankhurst Centre, 62 Nelson Street, M13 9WP 
Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
Phone:07760 764421 

Contact: Lorraine Wood

Areas Covered: Seaton

Additional Information: Work with female and male survivors

Email:rasasouthport@btconnect.com 
Website:http://www.rasamerseyside.org/ 
Address:PO Box 35 Birkenhead Wiral CH42 4RX 
Millfield House
Phone:0845 1290111 Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Email: 
Website: 
Address:PO Box 6960, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 4AF. 
New Swindon Sanctuary S.A.R.C
Phone:01793 507956 Contact: Jan Ryan

Area Covered: The whole of Wiltshire including Swindon 

Additional Information: work with all clients 13 and over 
Email:Jan.Ryan@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk 
Website:www.newswindonsanctuary.co.uk 
Address: 
Next Link Housing, Bristol
Phone:0117 925 0680 
Contact Person: Debbie Naylor/Helen Whittle
 
Area Covered: Avon and Somerset Constabulary Area
Email:debbie.naylor@nextlinkhousing.co.uk 
Website:http://www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk/ 
Address:5 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4JQ 
Oasis SARC
Phone:01733 317877 
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Contact Person: Heather Birch
 
Additional Information: Works with clients of all ages including children
Email:support@oasiscentre.org 
Website:www.oasiscentre.org 
Address:The OASIS @ Rivergate, Rivergate Primary Care Centre, Viersen Platz, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1ES. 
Open Doors, Community Health Services
Phone:07852 918 404 

Contact: Jacqueline Barnard

Areas Covered: London Boroughs of City, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham

Additional Information: Work with and individuals working in the sex industry

Email:jacqueline.vennard@chpct.nhs.uk 
Website:http://www.opendoorhealth.com/opendoor/ 
Address:670 9th Street, Suite 203 Arcata, CA 95521 
Pathway Project Tamworth
Phone:0870 2700 123   Contact: Harprit Mehat

Area Covered: Tamworth, Lichfield and Burntwood

 Additional Information: Work with women and men 16+
Email:harprit_pathway@hotmail.co.uk 
Website:www.pathway-project.co.uk 
Address:PO Box 4168 Lichfield WS13 8WY PO Box 11313 Tamworth B79 7WE 
Rape Crisis South London
Phone:0208 683 3311 

Contact: Rebecca Hitchin

Areas Covered: South London boroughs

Additional Information: Work with women and girls aged 14 and over

Email:ISVA@rasasc.org.uk 
Website:www.rasasc.org.uk 
Address:PO BOX 383, Croydon, CR9 2AW 
Rape Support Cheshire & Merseyside
Phone:01925 221 546 
Contact Person: Christa
 
Areas Covered: Knowseley and Wirral
 
Additional Information:
Males and Females over 13 and family members
Email:support@rapecentre.org.uk 
Website:www.rapecentre.org.uk 
Address:RASASC (Cheshire and Merseyside) PO Box 35 Warrington Cheshire WA1 1DW 
Reach Centre
Phone:0191 2219222 Contact: Fiona Thompson 

Area Covered: Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland 

Additional Information: Work with survivors of all ages 
Email:fiona.thompson.9878@northumbria.pnn.police.uk 
Website: www.reachcentres.co.uk 
Address:Rhona Cross Suite Newcroft House Market Street East Newcastle 
RoSa (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services)
Phone:01788 551150 Contact: Simone Newman 

Area Covered: Warwickshire for all client groups 
Coventry for male survivors

Additional Information: work with male and female survivors 13 and over 
Email:Snewman.rosa@btconnect.com 
Website:www.rosasupport.org 
Address: 
RSVP Birmingham
Phone:0121 200 1695  Contact: Yvonne Langham

Area Covered: Birmingham and Solihull

Additional Information: work with males and females 13 and over 
Email:rsvpwm.info@gmail.com 
Website:www.rsvporg.co.uk 
Address:RSVP PO Box 9558 Birmingham B4 7QE 
Safeline
Phone:01926 408315 Contact: Colin Walker 

Area Covered: Warwickshire

Additional Information: Work with female and male survivors of all ages  
Email:ColinW@safeline.org.uk 
Website:www.safelinewarwick.co.uk 
Address:6a New Street Warwick Warwickshire CV34 4RX 
SAVANA
Phone:01782 221005  Contact: Kay Glover 

Area Covered: Staffordshire 

Additional Information: Work with anyone who has been raped or sexually abused

Email:kay.glover@savana.org.uk 
Website:www.savana.org.uk 
Address:The Dudson Centre Hope Street Hanley Stoke on Trent ST1 5DD 
Serenity Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Phone:01604 601713  Contact: Kay Diment 

Area Covered: Northamptonshire 

Additional Information: Work with males and females 15+ and non-offending parents 
Email:kay.diment@nhft.nhs.uk 
Website:http://www.serenitynorthants.co.uk/ 
Address:Highfield Clinical Care Centre Cliftonville Road Northampton NN1 5BU 
Solace Centre
Phone:0845 519 7638  
Contact Person: Bernadette Heron
 
Area Covered: Thames Valley (South)
 
Additional Information
All Self-referrals
Police referrals for young people from 10 years old  
Email:Bernadette.heron@harmoni.co.uk 
Website:www.solacesarc.org.uk 
Address:Upton Hospital Church Street Slough SL1 2BJ 
The Bridge (SARC)
Phone:0117 342 6999  Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Email:turntothebridge@uhbristol.nhs.uk 
Website:www.turntothebridge.org 
Address:2nd Floor, Central health Clinic, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JD. 
The Dorset SARC
Phone:01202 552 056 Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Email:dorsetsarc@twelvescompany.co.uk 
Website:www.twelvescompany.co.uk 
Address:5 Medeira Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1QQ. 
The Emerald Centre
Phone:01234 897052 
Contact Person: Carolyn Compston/ Christine Hussain
 
Area Covered: Bedfordshire County
 
Additional Info:
Survivors from 13 years old
Email:admin.emeraldcentre@nhs.net 
Website:www.emeraldcentre.org 
Address: 
The Meadows
Phone: 0191 301 8554 Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Email: 
Website:www.themeadowsdurham.org.uk 
Address: John Street North, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8RS. 
The Paddington Haven
Phone:0203 312 1101 

Contact: Sukhmeet Sawhney

Areas Covered: West London

Additional Information: Work with young people aged 13-18

Email:sukhmeet.sawhney@imperial.nhs.uk 
Website:www.thehavens.co.uk 
Address:St Mary's Hospital W2 1NY 
Topaz Centre
Phone:08456 001588  Area Covered: Nottinghamshire
Email:support@topazcentre.org.uk 
Website:http://www.topazcentre.org.uk/ 
Address: 
Treetop Centre
Phone:02392 210352  

Contact: Kim Nisbet

Area's Covered:  Hampshire, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight

Additional Information: Work with 13 to 18 year olds and if vulnerable up to 24

Email:kim.nisbet@solent.nhs.uk 
Website:www.treetopscentre.co.uk 
Address: 
Twelves Company
Phone: 01752 220400 Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Email: 
Website:www.twelvescompany.co.uk 
Address:Metropolitan House, The Millfields, Plymouth, PL1 3JB. 
Victim Support
Phone:0191 2813791  Contact: Beth Butler 

Area Covered: Newcastle upon Tyne 

Additional Information: work with survivors 14 and over 
Email:beth.butler@victimsupport.org.uk 
Website:https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/homepage 
Address: 
West Cubria Rape Crisis
Phone:01900 829729 
Contact: Rebecca Todd
 
Area Covered: Cumbria
 
Additional Information: Work with both males and females 12 and over
Email:isva@westcumbriarapecrisis.org.uk 
Website:www.westcumbriarapecrisis.co.uk 
Address: 
WMRSASC
Phone:01905 611655 Area Covered: Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford 

Additional Information: Work with women survivors 16 and over 
Email:office@wmrsasc.org.uk 
Website:http://www.wmrsasc.org.uk/ 
Address:PO Box 240 Worcester WR1 2LF 
Womens Aid Leicestershire
Phone:0116 242 6440  

Contact: Mandy Coupland

Additional Information: Work with female and male survivors 16 and over  

Email:Amanda.coupland@wallaction.rg.uk  
Website:http://www.wa-leicester.org.uk/ 
Address:PO Box 26 Leicester LE1 1AA 
 
 
 
 
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