Domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault

Abuse and violence has increased under the Coronavirus lockdown.

  • If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call the police on 999
  • It is important to seek help quickly after rape or sexual assault if you need emergency contraception, or PEP (to prevent HIV), since these work best if taken early
  • National organisations for support regarding domestic violence and abuse and rape and sexual assault can be contacted by phone or online
  • National Domestic Abuse advice and 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Solace: Advice and helpline 0808 802 5565
  • Domestic violence UK to find national and local services
  • If you can’t speak on the phone privately, you can call 999, and then touch 55 to route the call to the police. Police can trace the locations of landline calls, but not necessarily the location of mobiles: Silent 999 calls
  • Sexual Assault Referral Centres have specially trained doctors, nurses and support workers
    • Sexual assault services offer forensic medical examinations (to save evidence for a court case), if you want this
    • It is important to be examined quickly to collect samples for evidence
  • Contact services by phone or online
  • A clinic appointment will be arranged if you need to be seen
  • It is very important not to travel to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, GP surgery, clinic or hospital unless you are asked to