If you’ve recently been assaulted the most important thing is that whatever the circumstances, what happened is not your fault. There is also some important information that will help you make decisions about what to next.
If the assault has happened in the past 7 days and you live in London you can contact the Havens 24 hours a day for an initial assessment. You do not need to report to the police to access this service.
The Havens is an NHS based Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) staffed by specialist workers. After an assessment on the phone they may offer you an appointment to see them, for example to have a Forensic Medical Examination (FME). They will also talk with you about your health and support needs.
If you have recently been assaulted and are considering reporting to the police but aren’t sure, the Havens may be able to capture evidence that could be used if you report to the police at a later date. The Havens will never pressure you to report to the police but can discuss your options confidentially with you. You may wish to consider information from Rape Crisis about taking steps to preserve forensic evidence.
If you need urgent medical care or attention go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency department, or call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
If you do not need urgent help you can contact the Gateway via our online referral form to receive a response within 48 working hours Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can call us on 0808 801 8660 to speak with one of our first contact ‘Navigators’.