Sexual Violence

The term ‘sexual violence’ refers to any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity, including rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and many others committed against someone without their freely given consent.

Find Support

Links to support services for anyone affected by sexual violence, including local Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs).

Cleveland Police 

SARC Teesside 

Arch North East 

Rape Crisis (nationwide support) 

If you are experiencing sexual abuse or sexual violence from someone you are in a relationship with or from a family member Harbour can help. Call 03000 20 25 25 (24 hours).

What are SARC, IDVA and ISVA services?

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a special facility where recent victims of rape or sexual assault can receive immediate help and support. The SARC will have dedicated specially trained staff who are able to explain and discuss your options with you.

The main purpose of an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) is to address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.

An ISVA is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor who will provide emotional support and guidance for anyone reporting current or historical sexual offences through the Criminal Justice System.