There are around 40 Sexual Assault Referral Centre’s in the UK each covering a geographical area that is usually in line with local Policing areas.
SARC Teesside provides comfortable supportive surroundings, forensically secure areas and interview facilities to ensure that victims of sexual violence receive the best possible service in Teesside.
If your client discloses sexual assault or rape you need to consider the following:
- A quick referral to SARC can ensure needs are addressed within the relevant timescales
- SARC Teesside will work to re-empower your client – we offer choices and provide information to enable your client to make an informed decision
- SARC staff are available for advice and support 24/7, for you and for clients
- We offer a confidential and/or anonymous service for clients (subject to safeguarding policy)
- We will not inform the police or make any referral without the clients consent (subject to safeguarding policy)
- SARC support is available regardless of whether or not clients choose to report
- We are happy to visit your place of work to talk about SARC to your team (please email email@example.com)
- SARC staff offer an independent victim focussed service and advocacy when engaging with police and other professionals.
- SARC is the central referral hub for sexual offence services and one referral into SARC can ensure that all appropriate services are put in place through agreed referral pathways
Remember that a victim of sexual violence does not have to report to the police or go to court to access our services.
The courts and the police, and of course us, recognise that reporting a crime and attending court can be very daunting and worrying. The standard of proof is high for criminal convictions and this can result in acquittals at court. This does not mean that a victim is not believed, a jury must be sure that a person is guilty before finding them guilty. The risk of acquittal can put even more strain on a victim though a significant number of sex offenders are convicted every year, it is important to remember this.
If a victim decides to report a case to the police, they will be supported by our SARC services. These services and support at court are delivered by specialist support workers called ISVAs. This means Independent Sexual Violence Advisor. An ISVA will provide support for clients throughout the process without discussing or influencing the evidence in anyway.
Teesside based clients are referred to our partner organisation Arch North East who provide high quality ISVA services across Teesside and we would make a referral on their behalf with consent.
SARC Teesside is a care and support service provided for all victims of rape, sexual assault and any other form of sexual abuse regardless of whether the matter is reported to the Police.