If you have been a victim of sexual abuse or assault you may be feeling confused and afraid and not know what to do next.

In the first instance, please contact the Police or the Plymouth Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), which covers the Plymouth area. Their helpline number is 0300 3034626.

SARCs offer medical, practical and emotional support. They have specially trained NHS doctors, nurses and support workers to care for you.

If you are in danger, please dial 999 immediately, or 101 in a non-emergency. If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by pressing 55 on the keypad.

Another excellent resource is the ‘Survivor Pathway’ from Plymouth Sexual Violence Support Services.


How we can help at SHiP

At Sexual Health Plymouth we can offer whatever level of care you feel comfortable with, including:

  • A safe and confidential place to talk about your experience
  • Help accessing support and counselling
  • Help contacting the police if wish to report the assault
  • STI testing for a wide range of STIs
  • Follow-up tests for STIs that do not show up straight away
  • Emergency contraception
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) tablets to prevent HIV after exposure 
  • Vaccination against Hepatitis B if it is felt that there is a risk
  • A psychology service if you have experienced sexual abuse or assault

For further advice please call one of our Health Advisers on 01752 431804 or you can book an appointment on 01752 431124.

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