What happens at the SARC

  • You will speak to or be met at the Blue Sky Centre by a Crisis Worker who will make you welcome and explain the options that are available to you following disclosing Historic Abuse.
  • If the attack was more than seven days ago then the evidential benefits of a forensic medical examination are likely to be very limited. In some circumstances, however, there may be good reason to conduct such an examination, either to set your mind at rest regarding injury or to secure some evidence of historic injury. A forensic medical examination will be only be carried out with your consent.
  • If the police are not involved you can decide whether you want the SARC to store any samples in case you change your mind.
  • The Crisis Worker, together with any other professional involved and after discussion with you will consider what other welfare, health or protection needs you may have and will start to work with you to ensure that appropriate referrals are made to agencies that can help.
  • Before you leave the SARC we will ensure that any follow-up treatment you need is planned and arranged and that you can see an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) to help you with any needs you may have.
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