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Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS)

If you have recently been raped or sexually assaulted, it’s understandable if you don’t know what to do or where to turn. SARCS is a dedicated NHS service which can offer healthcare and support in the days after an assault, if you are not ready to tell the police or are unsure.

Self-referral allows anyone aged 16 or over, who has been raped or sexually assaulted to refer for a Forensic Medical Examination (FME) to capture evidence and for this to be stored by health boards, without having to first report to the police.

How to access the Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS)

You can phone a dedicated NHS telephone number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and speak to a specially trained healthcare professional who can help to arrange the care you might need.

You can find more information about how to self-refer to a SARCS and the telephone number to call on the NHS Inform website under SARCS.