What if I don't want to tell the police?


We understand that you may not want to speak to us about your experience in the first instance. You can still get help and support even if you don't report what has happened to you 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 advisor can help you to report what has happened to the 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.


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