Where to get help
If you would like to report what’s happened to the police
We ask that you get in contact with us as soon as possible. We take all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously, no matter when they happened or who you are. We have specially trained officers to help and advise you.
We also investigate reports of rape or sexual assault that might have happened a long time ago. Please go to ‘involving the police’ page to find out what will happen if you report to the police.
If you are not comfortable reporting to the police
Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) can offer free and confidential help, support, examination and counselling. Within the sexual assault referral centre there are independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs). An ISVA can help you to report to police and support you through the criminal justice process.
SARC locations are:
- Plymouth SARC - Twelves Company - if you are located in Plymouth, North Cornwall, South Hams or West Devon. Tel: 08458 121212
- Devon and Torbay SARC - The Oak Centre - if you are located in Exeter, East or Mid Devon or Teignbridge. Tel: 01392 436967
- Cornwall SARC - The Willow Centre - if you are located in Cornwall. Tel: 01872 272059
You can also seek help or advice from other services such as counsellors, sexual health centres, (called GU clinics), your GP or a hospital, and Victim Support. Also see our Useful Links section on the bottom right of the screen (you may need to scroll down).