Solace Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) provide local communities with a safe, discreet and caring environment to support victims of rape and sexual assault. Our integrated approach ensures that you are in control of the services you receive and are supported in the immediate aftermath of an attack. At any time, you can stop the process; you are in full control. Our aim is to help you put your life back together. Our staff are professional and are here to support you and we can offer gender choice (a male or female doctor) wherever possible.
The Solace Centre is able to:
- Perform a forensic examination by a specialist forensic doctor
- Provide crisis support at your initial visit and arrange follow up appointments
- Provide telephone advice
- Provide independent advocacy and support with practical matters
- Introduce other support services, for example Rape Crisis and Victim Support
Who you'll meet
Your Crisis Worker
Your Crisis Worker will be next to you throughout your time at the Solace Centre. All of our Crisis Workers have been selected on the basis of their integrity and openness. They know how important it is for your voice to be heard at this time - it is their job to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your immediate options. They will carefully explain the options open to you, including the process of a forensic medical examination.
At times of stress and trauma, it is normal to feel shocked and numb. It can be difficult to take in and understand what is being said to you. They represent you and your best interests and make sure that you have the time and space to reflect on what is being said so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. At any time, you can stop the process or change your mind about an examination. Above all else, your Crisis Worker is there to make sure that you are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
Your doctor is a highly trained specialist who will treat you with dignity and respect and will always ask for your consent before examining you.