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 immediate medical care, medical advice, crisis workers, forensic medical examination and onward referral to sexual health and 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.

You can get help 24/7 by calling 0300 3034626 or by filling in the Get Help! form and someone will call you back.

Devon and Cornwall SARC locations are:

  • Plymouth SARC - if you are located in Plymouth, North Cornwall, South Hams or West Devon.  
  • Exeter SARC - if you are located in Exeter, East or Mid Devon or Teignbridge.
  • Truro SARC - if you are located in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly.

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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